I recently attended the Ethernet Technology Summit held in San Jose, CA with my colleague and frequent CommScope blogger Frank Yang. It was a superb conference because it provided us with the opportunity to learn and share new ideas, as well as meet with numerous technology companies who are all working to support the Ethernet ecosystem.

The conference provided a number of technical sessions that covered the opportunities and challenges facing organizations as they continue to evolve their networks to accommodate their ever-growing data demands. There were also a number of sessions that focused on key operational drivers as they relate to the need for higher bandwidth technologies. One of those technologies was 10GBASE-T. For the last six years, it has been frequently discussed with only modest growth; however, several changes within the market are now lending credibility to this technology and I believe it is poised for considerable growth very soon.  

Crehan Research’s Seamus Crehan provided a “state of the market” overview for 10GBASE-T shipments and forecasted growth (see chart). Seamus highlighted some key drivers including virtualization, cloud computing and increased storage access; however, Seamus made a point of mentioning other areas that are having a great impact for greater bandwidth demands—the emergence of big data and the potential uptake in converged networks. 

Now that 10GBASE-T has overcome a number of previous challenges related to cost, power consumption and latency, and is soon to be expected as a common/popular networking option with many server shipments, I’d like to ask you one survey question:

I welcome you to leave any additional thoughts or opinions you have on 10GBASE-T in the comment section below.


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David Oldenbuttel

David Oldenbuttel is Strategic Marketing Manager for the Enterprise division at CommScope. He has worked in the technology industry for the past 14 years in a variety of management and product marketing roles for firms such as IBM and Fujitsu. David has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Texas Tech University and an MBA from the University of Dallas.

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