10GBASE-T Copper and SFP+

White Papers Mar 31, 2017

Why 10GBASE T (copper) rather than SFP+ (fiber) in the new 10GbE TeraStation NAS Device?



Businesses are creating their own need for 10GbE networking

Buffalo’s TeraStation 5010 series includes up to 2 native 10GbE ports on each device. This is important to keep in mind when you see the growth of 10GbE business switches, including Buffalo’s newest switches which include integration of speeds of 2.5, 5, and 10GbE. 10GbE is a fairly new networking speed that many small businesses have not integrated into their networks yet, although it is safe to say they will soon.

With the increased amount of data and file sizes being generated and stored throughout all industries, from Financial, Educational, Government, Healthcare, Entertainment and more; the data from these institutions will begin to bottleneck their 1GbE networks with users saving and using data and increased files sizes at the same time. With all companies and institutions tightening their belts including the decreasing budget for IT, adding servers to alleviate the bottlenecks isn’t always a realistic approach.

Integrating a TeraStation 5010 series with native 10GbE ports and then pairing it with the 10GbE business switches immediately upgrades the networking speed, alleviates bottlenecking, and ensures larger scalability without slowdowns; all in a cost effective and plug-and-play manner.



Built for your needs and your budget

Now that we have established why businesses and institutions will continue to integrate 10GbE into their networks, why does Buffalo institute 10GBASE T(copper) into their TS5010 NAS devices rather than SFP+ (fiber)? 

The bottom line is that Buffalo’s 10GbE network attached storage approach and their 10GbE business switch approach has made it significantly less expensive when upgrading to other storage and switch devices which use SFP+ to obtain 10GbE networking speed. There are some benefits to using SFP+, such as if you are going through several hops across multiple switches, the SPF+ will have less latency.

Buffalo specifically choose to use the 10GBASE-T because their devices are purposely designed for small to medium sized businesses who will likely only utilize one switch and thus negating the added cost for SFP+ to enter 10GbE networking.





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