How the Port Density of a Data Center LAN Switch Impacts Scalability and TCO

A quantification of the value of 40 Gigabit Ethernet switch port density and scalability as part of a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) approach.

As data centers are forced to accommodate rapidly growing volumes of information and new applications, their capacities to process, store, and transfer data have difficulty keeping pace.

The port density of the switch can have a significant effect on the LAN topology, the level of over-subscription, the total number of switch ports, and the network power consumed in order to support a required number of server access ports. This underscores the fact that IT organizations that are updating their data center LANs should place greater emphasis on the port density of LAN switches as a differentiating factor among competing products.