Today’s technologies are all about how fast and how much information can travel from one destination to another. Undoubtedly the development of fiber optic technologies has increased the way technology can be used, but even in high-end environments these are not always used. Instead, there are many companies that utilize the classic Ethernet style cable that can be found in nearly every home. They are, however, somewhat different in their design and usability when in server networking environments and offer a few distinct differences over their fiber optic counterparts.
Increasing The Speed
The primary difference that makes fiber optics more sought after than standard Ethernet cables is the immense increase in speed they provide. Fiber optics support connections up to 10 gigabits where the Ethernet ones only support up to 1 gigabit. Even though it may seem to make sense to just add more Ethernet ports, server environments are limited in space and typically need the most performance out of each component to save space. Adding in many modules to make up for the lack of speed may also end up being significantly more expensive depending on where the wires are run. This number of cables would also be somewhat overwhelming and be less efficiently run since they take up a significantly higher amount of space. Replacing a bad cable can also be a huge ordeal if they are run through multiple walls and whatnot.
The technologies behind the fiber optics themselves are also by nature better since they can transmit information at the speed of light despite the distance. Server companies will use standard Ethernet connections within their data center for the most part while the Internet connections out use fiber optics. Ethernet information degrades and takes a while to travel over standard copper wires which makes it less than adequate. FluxLight GLC-T transceivers are often found in cloud systems since they do not require an incredible amount of information transfer in most system types.
It Makes Up At The End
While the Ethernet style cable lacks speed, it makes up for it in being an extremely compatible and inexpensive solution. The cables themselves are not easily damaged and can be purchased for extremely small amounts of money compared to fiber optics. Typically, it takes hooking from one GLC-T to some other Ethernet based FluxLight Cisco compatible transceivers and they will figure out the fastest connection they both can support and connect immediately. Fiber optic lines can be exchangeable, but to reduce costs, they are usually only able to transmit one type of signal. However, both can typically be installed into any motherboard and work immediately since the driver is usually embedded in the device.
Eric Blair writes about fiber optic modules and GLC-T transceivers used in almost any corporate computer network.