Refer Telecom Tests Networking Upgrade Path

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Refer Telecom Tests Networking Upgrade Path

Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X520-DA2 offer Refer Telecom a viable and cost-effective upgrade path to 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Leading Portuguese Telco Refer Telecom carried out a proof of concept (PoC) to test the viability of transitioning network traffic to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) using SFP+* Direct Attach Copper (DAC) network interfaces and Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X520-DA2. Not only did it find that this offered a viable upgrade path to 10GbE compared to optical network interfaces, it also found that it could significantly lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of its network infrastructure.

Challenges
• Network demands. Refer Telecom needed a future-proof solution to accommodate increased demands on the network due to growth in data center virtualization and cloud computing services, among other things
• Upgrading the future. Its current 10GbE optical infrastructure added this much-needed bandwidth but was proving to be an unviable solution for upgrading the remaining 95 percent of its data center infrastructure. Refer Telecom needed a more cost-effective upgrade path

Solutions
• Performance evaluation. Refer Telecom ran a PoC comparing the performance of a 10 GbE infrastructure based on SFP+ DAC cables together with Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X520-DA2 to that of its existing Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) environment

Technology Results
• Greater bandwidth. It found that the system running Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X520-DA2 transferred data at a rate of 9.6 GB/s, compared with just 3.2GB/s for the previous system

Business Value
• Viable upgrade path. PoC proved to Refer Telecom that SFP+ DAC cables and Intel Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X520-DA2 offer a viable upgrade path to 10GbE
• Lower TCO. Not only that, it found they are also capable of significantly reducing TCO, equating to a reduction in the cost per port of up to 83 percent
• No vendor lock-in. Vendor neutrality enables Refer Telecom to choose best-of-breed solutions in the future and increases life expectancy of existing hardware

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