Is your network ready
for a high-density future?
Smartphones and social media have changed our lives and the way we share and receive information. The torrential flow of data they’ve unleashed has also changed the dynamics of the network. Pew1 reports that 92% of Americans own a cell phone and 58% own a smartphone. Further, they found that 62% of Internet users have uploaded or reposted a photo or video file over the last year—a number that has seen significant annual increases and figures to grow well into the future.
With the rise of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the enterprise, businesses are seeing a similar rise in the amount of data flowing through the network. This also creates increased volumes of data for Service Providers and it presents some real problems for network architecture.
Specifically, it’s led to serious data throughput issues, as networks scramble to keep pace with user habits. Ten-gigabits per second connections have become ubiquitous, but they’re suddenly insufficient to meet exploding demand. Network managers are left to aggregate many separate 10Gbps connections between the switch and firewall in an effort to build up throughput.
This can quickly become cumbersome and inefficient, so SPs and large enterprises are beginning to deploy high-density networks with 40- and even 100Gbps connections. It’s not inconceivable that SPs will be running terabit connections in the very near future, and some bigger SPs may even be doing so now.
The next step is the evolution of the firewall to support higher input/output 40- and 100Gbps connections that enable massive throughput without messy aggregation. Some manufacturers are already delivering 40-gig options and Juniper just released the first 100Gbps interface solution on the market. Given the potential magnitude of the problem, it seems likely that high-density connectivity solutions will soon gain momentum.
Massive throughput is the wave of the very near future. The social media/info sharing/BYOD genie isn’t going back into the bottle, and a lot of networks are going to have to ramp up a lot sooner than they expect.