Jason Fan
December 13, 2018

Building a 10GbE environment can be budget-friendly

Breaking the performance barrier

Considering the data growth in 2020 will reach 44 zettabytes, according to IDC research, businesses are faced with the need to boost data processing performance. From a file server’s standpoint, enhancing IOPS has become more and more important. The utilization of SSD cache would be of great help. However, the output bandwidth must be aligned with higher IOPS or it would become a waste, especially since we’re living in the collaboration era where a storage server should be smoothly serving multiple users at the same time. 10GbE might be the way out.

Some enterprises might construct their microdata centers with high-performance servers in 10GbE environments. A 10GbE environment would amplify data transfer bandwidth but it might be quite costly as you will need to purchase a 10GbE ready server and 10GbE compliant transceivers and cables. The whole set might not be affordable for small offices or mid-sized businesses. Video and photo studios need to work on large files and especially need greater network bandwidth to the server.

Nowadays, the best way to market communication is video broadcasting. People are more likely to spend their time on videos rather than plaintexts, so marketers will need massive storage for their video library with a high-speed file transfer solution to produce their own video content. 10GbE solutions have been on the market for more than 10 years, yet the price is still incredibly high (2,000 USD at least for a whole set of a 10GbE solution). If there are only a few clients requiring access to the 10GbE connection, a direct connector to the server would suffice.

There are two common types of connectors for the 10GbE environment, which are the original RJ45 (the regular network cable commonly seen in your daily life) and SFP+ (Small Form-factor Pluggable Plus). If you are not deploying the network environment with a cable longer than 100 m, the original RJ45 cable would be just enough for you. This has changed the market status of 10GbE solutions. Quite a lot video studios are more willing to adopt the 10GbE solution because they only need to purchase a 10GbE ready NAS without changing any of the existing Ethernet cables.

The optimal deployment I have ever seen is like below. In the video studio, the photographer connects his MacBook directly to the NAS so he would utilize the high-speed 10GbE to deal with massive large files (mostly photo raw and psd files). When he finishes his work, he can directly share it with his clients by creating sharing links from the NAS. The 10GbE ready NAS fulfills his demand for high-speed file transfer, and that his assistants can now collaborate on the photos with him.

Synology offers 10GbE ready solutions with single- or dual-port network add-in-cards designed to address network bandwidth bottlenecks at a breakneck speed, helping you alleviate intensive workloads with optimized transmission performance. Start to build one today and share with us what’s on your NAS wishlist on the Community.