Ethernet rapidly becoming the choice for business data connectivity

Posted on January 14, 2016

Organisations in the US are racing to adopt high speed Ethernet connectivity and take advantage of the benefits that high speed internet can bring, new research from the IDC has found.

In a forecast released November 1, the IDC estimates that total US Ethernet revenue will grow significantly from $5.2 billion in 2012 to $9.2 billion in 2016 - an increase of nearly 77 per cent.

The IDC has attributed this surge in popularity to the fact that Ethernet connectivity is becoming increasingly cost effective, as well as more flexible and easy to implement.

"Enterprises are increasingly utilizing 100Mb, gigabit, and even 10 gigabit Ethernet services for domestic and international WAN connections," said Enterprise Communication Services research manager Nav Chander in a statement.

"We are seeing a lot more medium-size US enterprises adopt Ethernet with more fibre availability, more service competition, and faster time-to-service compared to alternatives."

The prediction follows a survey conducted across Europe and North America earlier this year by the Emulex Corporation, which found that 52 per cent of business leaders believe their network Input/Output needs are growing by at least 60 per cent each year.

And with connectivity costs falling significantly in the past year, more Australian businesses are starting to move to Ethernet based technology to support their business operations and enjoy the flexbility it delivers.