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Gigabit Ethernet to the Desktop - A Reality Check on the Benefits and Burdens of Gigabit over Copper

  • ID: 1500
  • January 2002
  • Region: Global
  • 55 pages
  • The Tolly Group
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In this report, The Tolly Group's researchers built a Windows 2000, Gigabit-over-copper, client-to-server environment to probe the realities of Gigabit-to-the-desktop. Benchmarking a range of application types using the Chariot application simulator from NetIQ, researchers measured throughput differences vs. Fast Ethernet, explored the impact of various lengths and types of copper cable as well as the impact of various CPU speeds and PCI bus attributes. This is arguably the most comprehensive report published to date in this important area.

With the price of Gigabit Ethernet Desktop NICs plummeting to under $100 and the growth of integrated Gigabit on new motherboards, network executives are forced to question whether it is time to "pull the plug" on Fast Ethernet and begin a rapid migration to Gigabit for desktop connections. This compelling report highlights key factors decision makers should know.

Key Findings:

Gigabit Ethernet benefits correlate to application's network characteristics

PCI bus attributes play a major role

Copper-cable variants produced counter-intuitive results

Key Technologies:

Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Cards

Category 5e/6 cabling

Key Duts:

Windows 2000 Professional (Gigabit Desktop client)

3Com 3C996B-T (Gigabit Ethernet) Server Adapter

Intel Pro 1000 MT Desktop (Gigabit Ethernet) Adapter

Key Test Tools

NetIQ Chariot (traffic generator)

Fluke Networks DSP 4000 (cable tester)

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