The Need for Network Speed

The Need for Network Speed

Your ticket for today and tomorrow’s journey

Despite consistent forecasts in the growth of data, there often exists uncertainty surrounding the optimal specification for a fibre network to meet this rapidly developing trend. Multiple factors come into consideration when deciding which grade of Single Mode Fibre or Multi Mode Fibre represents the best ‘path’ forward.

We are poised for gigantic growth in data traffic transacting within the data centre. Commonly known as ‘machine to machine’ (M2M) or ‘East to West’ communications, M2M is predicted to grow by 44% CAGR between 2015-2020 (source: Cisco). Partly meeting this development, 100G is forecast to represent over 50% of data centre optical transceiver transmission capacity by 2019 (source: Infonetics). Additionally, 400G is expected to appear between 2018-2020. As the industry readies itself to migrate toward the next generation of Ethernet speed, are you prepared for the next leap?

In the past, decision-making between single mode fibre (SMF) and multimode fibre (MMF) solutions were relatively clear cut – the former provided highest bandwidth at a price, the latter a cost-efficient alternative in less speed and reach sensitive use cases. However, today critical factors in decision making include determining whether current bandwidth requirement can be economically met; reach/distance requirements including foreseen network architecture specific goals achieved; and whether future Ethernet and/or Fibre Channel speed can be supported or easily migrated to

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Author: Stephen J. Morris

Senior Product Manager, Panduit EMEA


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