SMBs 'missing out' on 10 Gigabit revolution - Netgear

Two thirds of businesses haven't yet adopted the technology
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Three quarters of SMBs are failing to implement 10 Gigabit into their business networks, despite an 'urgent need' for business continuity, says Netgear.

In a study conducted by the networking vendor, just under three quarters (72 per cent) do not see the need to implement 10 Gigabit.

"There is a worrying misunderstanding and lack of knowledge about just how crucial future-proofing the network with 10 Gigabit technology is in an always-on era, despite this being increasingly essential for a business’ success," the firm said in a press release.

"The network infrastructure of the future will require significantly more bandwidth, as evidenced by increased data consumption, workload-heavy new applications and the predicted rise of BYOD in the workplace, which according to Gartner is set to treble by 2018." 

Although all SMBs surveyed agreed they would need to deploy 10 Gigabit switching in their network in the future, one third (33 per cent) currently have a proportion of the technology in place (greater than 30 per cent penetration).

The adoption of 10 Gigabit switching is set to increase by one third in the next 18 months, with 61 per cent of SMBs expecting to have greater than 30 per cent penetration by the end of 2017. 

The research showed that a minority of SMBs understand the benefits that 10 Gigabit networks can bring, as one third (33 per cent) are adopting the technology to solve network performance issues when expanding premises.

Tris Simmons, director of global product marketing at Netgear, said: "Our research highlighted that the number one reason why SMBs are deploying 10 Gigabit, is to address bottleneck performance issues.

"Such challenges are only going to increase in prevalence and underpin why 10 Gigabit is appearing more and more on the radar."

"10 Gigabit Ethernet Fibre switching has been around since 2002, but it’s only been in the last three years that adoption has really started to take off with more affordable 10 Gigabit copper switching. Without doubt, copper has brought wider switch management choice for SMB networks to cope with the increasing pressures and to appeal to growing expectations."

More info can be found on Netgear's website.

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