10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Ethernet

Find out how to squeeze more performance out of your Ethernet LAN.

Ethernet has been with us for quite a while. In fact, the history of Ethernet goes all the way back to 1973. Despite it keeping its original name for more than 40 years, Ethernet continues to evolve to meet the needs of even the most demanding enterprise networks. But in many cases, IT professionals either aren’t using the most Ethernet has to offer, are using it improperly or are unaware of what new features can be implemented. Simply put, many aren’t getting the most performance and capability out of their Ethernet LAN investment that they could be.

In this slideshow, we'll show you how to squeeze more performance out of your existing Ethernet investment. Sometimes all it takes is a few minor physical changes, configuration modifications or software updates to make a significant performance impact to your network. A few small changes can make a big difference.

And don’t forget that Ethernet offers more than just transport across a LAN; it also is used to provide things like redundancy, capacity planning and as a replacement for electrical outlets. Additionally, there are new advancements in Ethernet technologies happening all the time, so it's important to keep on top of the latest and greatest improvements when looking at your enterprise LAN architectural roadmap.

Yes, Ethernet indeed is an old dog,  but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn some new tricks. Click ahead to find out how you can get more out of your current or future Ethernet investment.

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About the Author(s)

Andrew Froehlich, President, West Gate Networks

President, West Gate Networks

As a highly experienced network architect and trusted IT consultant with worldwide contacts, particularly in the United States and Southeast Asia, Andrew Froehlich has nearly two decades of experience and possesses multiple industry certifications in the field of enterprise networking. Froehlich has participated in the design and maintenance of networks for State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, Chicago-area schools and the University of Chicago Medical Center. He is the founder and president of Loveland, Colo.-based West Gate Networks, which specializes in enterprise network architectures and data center build outs. The author of two Cisco certification study guides published by Sybex, he is a regular contributor to multiple enterprise IT related websites and trade journals with insights into rapidly changing developments in the IT industry.

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