Gartner Research

An Introduction to High-Speed Ethernet Services in the U.S., 2006 Update

Published: 20 April 2006

ID: G00138258

Analyst(s): Donald A. Stuart


Ethernet services for the metropolitan- and wide-area networks are gaining in popularity, and speeds are increasing from 10/100 Mbps and 1 Gbps, to 10 Gbps, with even higher speeds coming. Users must understand this technology, its benefits and risks, and alternatives before making a final decision.

Table Of Contents
  • Technology Basics
  • Technology Analysis
    • LAN Switching: GbE and 10GbE
    • Transmission Systems
    • QOS Mechanisms
    • Business Use
    • Benefits and Risks
    • Standards
    • Price vs. Performance
    • Selection Guidelines
  • Technology Leaders
  • Technology Alternatives
  • Insight

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