Is This The Gig For You?

Bigger, better, faster, now. It's the mantra of the human race.   Queen said it best, "I want it all and I want it now."

Networking is no different!

  • Aug 19, 2011
  • Rick

Bigger, better, faster, now. It's the mantra of the human race.   Queen said it best, "I want it all and I want it now."

Networking is no different!

 

 

 
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What is Your Need for Speed?
System admins and CIO's everywhere wait with bated breath for the next big thing. 10gig, 40gig, 100gig! Faster is always better right? Maybe, but with it comes significant cost especially for early adopters. So how do you combat the market trend of constantly outdated equipment? You size your gear accordingly and grow at your own pace. So what is appropriate? Appropriate throughput is determined by your user needs.  I did say needs, not wants.

Many a network admin can attest to doubling their available throughput only to have it maxed out yet again within a week. Gaming and media needs will always be very bandwidth hungry. However, for the average user 100mb is still more than enough. Few users will ever saturate a gig connection.

 

 

The Squeaky Wheel


Do you have a user that believes in the old adage of the squeaky wheel? Try this.

Cisco 3750g Switch - gigabitOn your Cisco Catalyst switches do a show interface command on the port their PC connects to. Do it on your uplink ports on that switch. What’s the utilization? If its high, then maybe they are on to something. If it’s not, as it often the case, then maybe it’s something else. Maybe it’s the site they are using, or maybe it’s the provided internet bandwidth. The perception of network speed and responsiveness is a constant battle. However, if you aren't currently using a fraction of your bandwidth then throwing more and more money into greater speed and throughput won't help like you think.

 

 

How Utilized Are Your Switches?


We often chat with CIO's and admins about their network needs and often there is a misconception about how utilized their switches are. You owe it to yourself and your hard earned budget to investigate. If your interfaces aren't running at high utilization then they aren't even breaking a sweat.

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Want to know more?  Have further questions?

If you would like us to chat with you about strategy for your network needs then please, by all means, do so.  That is what we do.  We would gladly walk you through it and help you make informed choices that help you save money and grow at your pace, not the pace the manufacturer wants you to grow.

This post was submitted by:

Nate Hock - Cisco Engineer, CXtec