Beyond 10G

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David Strom over at arsTechnica has given a good overview on coming developments in network technology. This is useful information for anybody tasked with determining the tradeoffs between cloud and center solutions. The kind of cabling required for these higher speeds, i.e. preconfectioned QSFP, is going to create a lot of headaches on long runs. Provisioning of these kinds of systems is moving beyond what todays IT techs have been used to. The in-house support for these systems is more about who to call when than actually being able to do something to solve the problem. Solving the equation of how much up-time and duration of down time is good ROI just got harder.