Verizon tests 10Gbps fiber Internet connection

October 27th, 2010 at 1:23 PM  5 Comments

I can’t think of anyone person who could fully saturate a 10gb fiber Internet connection for much of anything… legally… for very long, but Verizon seems to think it’s important enough to show off that it can be done. They recently gave the Elks Lodge in Taunton, Massachusetts the chance.

Using the FiOS infrastructure, a desktop with a 10Gbps network card and some fancy optical magic, they were able to push a 2.3GB file between the Lodge and their network switching center in around four seconds. Since the connection was symmetric, they were able to push huge amounts of data in both directions.

While it will be a long time before this type of connection is available to consumers, if ever, it’s great that Verizon is continuing to research and push the limits of their network.

via Ars Technica

Qwest rolling out new fiber for cellular providers

September 18th, 2009 at 11:06 AM  No Comments

quest_logoQwest Communications has announced the launch of its new fiber-based, Ethernet backhaul service designed for wireless service providers, allowing providers to run fiber directly to cellular tower sites to accommodate for increasing bandwidth demands being places on them by more advanced smartphones, netbooks and other bandwidth-demanding systems.

“Wireless users seem to have an insatiable appetite for bandwidth, whether they’re watching videos, sending pictures to friends, playing games online – you name it,” said Roland Thorton, executive vice president for Qwest Wholesale.

Qwest says this new infrastructure is ideal for providers looking to migrate from existing SONET based services due to greater flexibility.

The new service will allow scalable bandwidth, enabling providers to increase capacity to sites on an incremental and as-needed basis. The bandwidth is managed by software, rather than hardware so the time required to perform provisioning of increased speed is reduced and operations are simplified.

Intel launches pluggable 10GbE NICs

August 26th, 2009 at 12:06 PM  1 Comment

X520ImagesIntel has announced the launch of their new Ethernet Server Adapter X520 family, their first 10 Gigabit (GbE) adapter that support “pluggable” optics. Intel claims the additional configuration options in the X520 give administrators “more flexibility in how they deploy 10GbE in their servers and datacenters.”

Previously 10GbE adapters required the purchase of an additional SR adapter to function, the X520 is compatable with SR, LR or SFP+ direct attach cable all from the same card. This allows administrators to switch back and forth after purchase without buying all new cards, just new optics.

The card is based on the Intel 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller and also has backwards compatible support for 1GbE, which Intel claims is an industry first.