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10-Gig Trends Up

Outside of scattered high-end applications, 10-Gbit/s technology is still scarce. But there are signs that interest is slowly taking root in the enterprise, as publicity surrounding new products continues. For examples, see:

"The place where we see 10-gig happening now is primarily in LAN aggregation," says Bob Wheeler, senior analyst at the Linley Group consultancy. "Ten-gig ports are showing up in LAN switches."

But even in LAN switching, 10-Gbit/s makes up only a tiny percentage of the overall market. The Linley Group estimates that some 700,000 10-Gbit/s switch ports will be shipped this year, double the amount in 2006. Still, compare that to the 90 million switch ports shipped overall last year, and it's clear that 10-Gbit/s enterprise networking is only at the start of its adoption curve.

This week, several vendors made announcements designed to help interest along. Here's a rundown:


Intransa unveiled the StorStac PCU100, a 10-Gbit/s-connectible version of its IP SAN. (See Neterion Picked by Intransa.) The announcement draws attention to Intransa's approach of combining controller units and disk enclosures in a modular fashion to fit flexible capacity/performance requirements.

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