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Is It Time for 10-Gig?

Do you dream of using 10-Gbit/s Ethernet as a universal connectivity fabric? If so, you're in a tiny minority that may need to get more vocal.

Equipment suppliers and service providers aren't in any rush to supply 10 Gbit/s. Indeed, most are simply ignoring such talk. They say 10-Gbit/s Ethernet may surface here and there in isolated data centers, but those projects are restricted to high-performance applications that are mostly local.

"The [10-Gbit/s Ethernet] market for SANs hasn't yet hit its stride, mostly due to the cost of deploying ... infrastructure," writes an EMC spokesperson in an email. EMC will wait to supply 10-Gbit/s technology until it's both affordable and in demand, she states.

And this from an Ethernet service provider: "I've only seen [demand for 10-Gbit/s Ethernet services] a couple of times, and not for distances of more than 1,000 kilometers," says Michael Papell, VP of corporate development at Veroxity Technology Partners, a facilities-based carrier that specializes in custom enterprise networks, including SAN extension solutions.

So where does this leave the small, crowing crowd of 10-Gbit/s Ethernet storage evangelists? It's tough to tell.

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