"What size is that file?"
This is a question that use to be very important to those of us in the computing world. It’s easy for us to forget the days of 5 ¼ and 3 ½ floppy disks when space was at a premium. The common maximum storage capacity of these disks was 1.44 MB, smaller than the size of files we easily send as email attachments today. I remember installing computer games that required multiple floppy disks, and that was viewed as normal at the time. After the floppy disk came the CDs, then the DVDs, and the USB flash drives, which today, offer storage limits of up to multiple terabytes.
Those are great for local storage and use, but what about transmission of that information?
Technology has advanced to a point where, often, we don’t have to think about the nuts and bolts of how everything works. For me, the transition to cloud based systems, and software as a service has been nearly seamless. Right now, I’m writing the draft of this blog post through Word in Office 365. Increasingly, the use of the Internet to do things has become a trend. Also over the past few years, we have seen more things being connected to the Internet, think Nest thermostats, Amazon Echo, Google Home, and so on. Add to those things, all of the other stuff we leverage through the Internet. About two years ago I cut cable TV and have accessed entertainment through online streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon Prime Video. (By the way, if you haven’t checked out The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime Video, and your any level of car enthusiast, do yourself a favor and watch. It’s everything that was always great about Top Gear!)
How does all of that stuff make it to and from the mysterious cloud of the Internet to our homes, TVs, tablets, and all of the other places we need it?
What if we were to take a look at those nuts and bolts that make it all work?
As with the advancement of storage technology, network technology is advancing at a blistering speed to support all of those things that we now do with the Internet. Industry experts are predicting that 40Gb networks will replace our 10Gb networks within the next 2-3 years, then 100Gb networks will replace those 40Gb networks soon after 2020! Of course we know that cables play an integral part of those networks because that’s what we see when we connect. I want to focus on a key piece of equipment that the typical network/Internet user doesn’t see—the network transceiver
We, at C2G, have been talking transceivers for some time, but now, we have introduced new transceivers and DAC cables (basically 2 transceivers with a pre-terminated cable) that will carry us, and our customers, into this next generation of networking. This latest expansion of our line has introduced products at the cutting edge of network advancements and are capable of supporting those next gen 40Gb and 100Gb network speeds.
The next time you log on to your computer, or settle in to binge on your favorite show, take a moment to consider the awesome advancements that have been made in networking technology and how they have positively impacted your life. If you’re a networking professional, and you’re thinking about the future of your network, think C2G and let’s make the future happen together.