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Time to Move to 10Gbps?

In our conversations with customers and in various articles and forums over the past year, there is a widespread perception that upgrading networks to 10Gbps is an expensive proposition. While on a per port basis 10G is more expensive than 1G, the gap is closing…FAST! Over the past four years the average price of a 10Gbps transceiver has dropped from over 8X to about 4X the price of a 1Gbps transceiver. So just accounting for the price of the transceivers, if you need interconnection bandwidth of 4Gbps or more, it is less expensive to go 10G than 1G.

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Of course there are many other costs to consider in this tradeoff,

  • Fiber jumpers – up to a 10:1 reduction
  • Rack space – a 10Gbps port is the same size as a 1Gbps, so another up to 10:1 reduction…additional up to 10:1 reduction in patch panel ports, conduit space, etc.
  • Power consumption – 10Gbps transceivers consume just under half the power of their 1Gbps counterparts, so a 5:1 reduction in power…and that’s just transceiver power, savings also accrue in number of switches & switch ports.
  • Installation (test & turn-up) time –  up to 10:1 reduction
  • Points-of-failure - up to 10:1 reduction (transceivers and fiber jumpers & connectors)