In short, Gigabit Ethernet
is the same Ethernet that we already know and use, but 10 times faster
than Fast Ethernet and 100 times faster than Ethernet. It also supports
additional features that accommodate today's bandwidth-hungry
applications and match the increasing power of the desktop and server.
Gigabit Ethernet is a transmission technology based on the Ethernet frame format and protocol used in local area networks (LANs) and provides a data rate of 1 billion bits per second (one gigabit). Gigabit Ethernet is defined in the IEEE 802.3 standard and is currently being used as the standard backbone in many of today's enterprise networks.
compatibility with Ethernet preserves investments in network
administrator expertise and support staff training, while taking
advantage of user familiarity. Just as 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet provided a
low-cost, incremental migration path from 10 Mbps Ethernet, Gigabit
Ethernet is providing the next logical migration to 1000 Mbps bandwidth.
A newer standard, 10-Gigabit Ethernet is also becoming available.
Since its introduction in the early 1980s, Ethernet deployment has quickly overshadowed networking connection choices such as Token Ring and ATM.
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Created On: Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 10:40 AM
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