Data center traffic has explored over the past decade as the number of users, access methods, and services have grown. In the future, these factors will continue to push data center networking to grow in evolution and innovation. Many data center operators will move beyond 100 Gigabit Ethernet toward 400G this year. As data center network operators move to 400 Gigabit Ethernet and beyond, they will face new challenges around signal integrity, network interoperability, and maintaining service level agreements for different applications.
In this white paper, Anritsu discusses Ethernet usage trends in data center networks. They also explore the technologies helping operators meet growing bandwidth demands and verify network performance at high speeds. The authors explain the importance of optimizing Ethernet media types for speed, power, reach and latency. They also outline how DPUs and IPUs are influencing data center design and how data centers are transforming into edge computing networks.
The paper also outlines how the use of optical transceivers and high-speed breakout cables are helping data centers address requirements related to power and Ethernet speeds.