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Benefits of Ethernet
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To achieve competitive advantage in the current business scenario, companies around the world depend a lot on reliable and efficient access to information. This is the reason why, over the years, filing cabinets and piles of paper has given way to computers that make it easy to store, manage, retrieve, and transmit information.
In order to share information, you need to network two or more computers together to establish a connection that enables them to send and receive information from another computer. Computer networks can be categorized into two broad groups—Local Area Network (LAN) and Wide Area Network (WAN). LAN-based solutions are usually implemented in networks confined to one building or multiple buildings close to each other while WAN-based solutions are used to connect devices that might be located miles apart. For example, the Internet is a WAN that globally connects millions of computers and other network devices together.
LANs are much faster and reliable than WANs and with continuous technological enhancements, today even LANs can span large distances. Ethernet is one of the most popular technologies used to implement LANs today. Since its introduction a few years back, Ethernet has grown at a fast pace to become one of the most widely used LAN-technology across the globe.
Traditional implementations of Ethernet support data transfers at the rate of 10 Mbps (Megabits Per Second). Over time, the increasing demand for higher performance and faster data transfer techniques has catalyzed the introduction of better technologies such as Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet. Where Fast Ethernet helps you implement networks with data transfer speed up to 100 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, as the names suggest, are even faster-allowing speeds up to 1000 Mbps or 1 Gbps.
The choice of Ethernet cable used to implement the network depends on the type of network you opt for. CAT5 or the Category 5 twisted pair Ethernet cable is one of the most commonly used Ethernet cable to implement traditional Ethernet and Fast Ethernet. Gigabit Ethernet is usually implemented using the Category 5e or CAT5e Ethernet cable.
Key Benefits of Ethernet to a Business
The popularity of Ethernet in today’s business environment is triggered by several benefits, out of which simplicity, granularity, and flexibility that it offers top the list. These benefits enable enterprises to implement solutions that enable them to integrate several useful features, such as Private Networks (VPN), Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), audio and video teleconferencing, Virtual remote storage, multimedia content sharing, and many more other useful features that help them take their business to new heights.
Some of the many benefits that Ethernet offers an enterprise are:
Ethernet can be easily extended to WAN which makes it quite simple for IT managers to incorporate high-end features in the organization’s LAN. In other words, a well-implemented Ethernet serves as a building block to add new services to the network and to interconnect new facilities.
According to a recent study, the bandwidth requirements of medium to large size companies increase by 25-50% per annum. The various bandwidth options offered by Ethernet in the ranges of 10 (Traditional Ethernet), 100 (Fast Ethernet), and 1000 (Gigabit Ethernet) Mbps makes it easy for enterprises to scale their Ethernet implementations as the bandwidth needs grow.
With the continuously increasing need for better bandwidth, enterprises today are asking for scalable bandwidth solutions that they can control dynamically and increment bandwidth in small segments. For instance, they may want to increase the bandwidth in increments of 10 Mbps—10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 Mbps or in the increments of 100 Mbps—100, 200, 300, 400 Mbps, and so on.
Ethernet is quite easy to provision as it minimizes the need for hardware replacement each time the bandwidth is increased. For instance, a bandwidth change from 10 Mbps to 20 Mbps can be easily provisioned just by making a few changes in the software of the network equipment used. Moreover, just making a few modifications you can upgrade to Gigabit Ethernet over the same Ethernet cable infrastructure that you would have laid for traditional and Fast Ethernets.
Ethernet uses a common interface which is independent of the bandwidth. This makes internetworking between different devices on your network quite simple. The flexibility of Ethernet technology assures rapid provisioning characteristics, offers easy migration from lower to higher speeds, and enables you to easily integrate new technologies. This is the reason why Ethernet is an ideal choice for enterprises with growing bandwidth and technology requirements.
Today, Ethernet has evolved from the LAN technology to a cost-effective, scalable, and flexible solution for enterprises of all sizes. This overall development has gained momentum due to wide acceptance of the technology by enterprises, service providers, and vendors. The many useful features such as Fast and Gigabit Ethernet, functions, and management capabilities of Ethernet make it the first choice for delivering new services over a common converged network infrastructure.
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