Hello EQL Family,

The proliferation of 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) deployments have extended
the reach, of 10GbE ports,  outside of the data center and into the
entire infrastructure. 

With the increase in the number 10GbE ports continuing to grow,
it’s time we talk about the Physical Layer ( PHY ) Standards that are
governing these connections.

We will discuss the 10GbE standards in a three part series.

  • Part 1 - PHYSICAL LAYER (PHY) STANDARDS FOR 10Gb ETHERNET
  • Part 2 – OPTICAL FIBER AND COPPER OPTIONS
  • Part 3 – BEST PRACTICES FOR EQUALLOGIC IMPLEMENTATIONS             

In the series we touch on the following topics:

  1. What are the PHY Standards?
  2. What are the PHY Modules and what are some considerations
    when choosing a type of PHY Module?
  3. What are the interfaces used to connect the PHY Modules ?
  4. What types of cabling is used with the PHY Standards?
  5. What are the PHYs that we support on our PS Series Arrays
    and within our SAN infrastructure?
  6. What are best practices and some things to be aware of in
    mixed vendor solutions?

See Part 1 of the series at the link below:

PHYSICAL LAYER (PHY) STANDARDS FOR 10Gb ETHERNET – PART 1

In conclusion, Ethernet links have expanded the reach and speed to cover
a variety of applications, distances, and bandwidth requirements.

As the standards continue to evolve, the price of 10GbE ports continue to
decrease, and the number of 10GbE ports continue to grow, there will be a
need to understand the underlying physical standards and how they
relate to your solution.

Start Part 1 of the series by clicking the link below:

PHYSICAL LAYER (PHY) STANDARDS FOR 10Gb ETHERNET – PART 1

Until Next Time,

Twitter:    @GuyAtDell
Email:      guy_westbrook@dell.com
Chatter:  @ EQL Tech Enablement

Guy

P.S. Our four most popular reference documents are listed below.
Click the links below for access :

         EqualLogic Compatibility Matrix ( ECM )
         EqualLogic Configuration Guide ( ECG)
         Rapid EqualLogic Configuration Portal ( RED )
        SAN Switch Reference Architectures ( SwRA )