It’s not hard for most of us to remember the good old days of dial up internet. While the content being loaded was significantly smaller than it is today, it could still take hours or even days to download some files. Thankfully, those days are long gone and many residential users even have access to speeds up to 1Gbps. But what advancements have been made for server connections?
The latest innovation in data center connectivity is 10Gbps network connections. While this option is relatively new and not available at many server providers, it has advantages for many businesses. In this article, we’ll outline what 10Gbps is and what it can do for your business.
What are 10Gbps Dedicated Servers?
10Gbps dedicated servers are servers equipped with a network card capable of transferring data at speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second. These servers are also connected to the public internet using cables, switches, and routers capable of meeting these 10Gbps speeds.
There are 1,000,000,000 bits in a Gigabit, so 10Gbps connections are capable of transferring 10,000,000,000 bits per second (assuming 0% network overhead). Needless to say, that’s a lot of traffic!
How Fast is 10Gbps?
To give you an idea of what tasks you can accomplish with a 10Gbps connection, here are some common scenarios:
Linux ISO - 2GB
Standard HD Blu-Ray Movie - 25G
Server Backup - 200GB
2 Minutes and 56 Seconds
15 Minutes 1 Second
5 Hours, 00 Minutes and 22 Seconds
As you can see 10Gbps servers are exceptionally fast. They can consume 20TB - an amount of bandwidth that meets the bandwidth requirements of most business servers - in just 5 hours, assuming a 10% network overhead and the other 90% of the port being completely maximized.
For businesses that may not need an outrageous amount of data transfer, but need fast speeds and throughput beyond 1Gbps, 10Gbps is the perfect fit with the ability to download a 200GB server backup in just 2 minutes.
What Businesses Benefit Most From 10Gbps Speeds?
While nearly every business can benefit from additional network capacity, there are a few use cases that are especially tailored to 10Gbps Dedicated Servers.
One of the businesses we find benefiting the most from 10Gbps connections are VPN hosting providers. VPN servers can often have thousands of users tunnelling all of their internet traffic through the dedicated server and this puts a large connection requirement on the server.
While VPN providers may not need speeds exceeding 1Gbps for the entire month, 10Gbps connections provide the capacity when network demands spike. This ensures that users experience the ultimate VPN performance at all times.
See Also: How to Setup Your Own VPN Server
Depending on the nature of the data being backed up and restored, storage servers with 10Gbps see incredible benefits from this increased network capacity. This added capacity greatly decreases storage backup times.
Let’s say you’re backing up 10 Dedicated Servers, each on a 1Gbps connection and connected to a 1Gbps storage server. These servers all need to share the 1Gbps connection to the storage server at various times during the backup process, slowing down backups.
With a 10Gbps connection, this provides the necessary bandwidth so these servers can backup at nearly full speed. This is especially important when doing a bare-metal restore to a server. You don’t want to be waiting hours to restore data while the server is offline.
Big Data and Analytics
If your company is leveraging big data and analytics processing, you know how large the data sets can become over time. Some businesses collect terabytes of data each day. That’s why 10Gbps connections are the perfect fit for these use cases. 10Gbps servers allow large chunks of data to be transferred in no time, saving time and making data processing operations more efficient.
How Much Do 10Gbps Servers Cost?
Prices for 10Gbps connections range from $25/month for 20TB @ 10Gbps to $1200/month for 1000TB bandwidth @ 10Gbps. The 20TB package is ideal for users that need higher bursts of speeds throughout the month, but don’t need a large amount of bandwidth consistently, whereas the 1000TB package would be better suited for businesses that will constantly push 3Gbps per month.
Every project that requires a 10Gbps dedicated server is unique, so we encourage you to book a server consultation. We’ll sit down with you and listen to your goals in order to prepare a no-obligation, customized quote for you. This is the best way to not only receive the best server, but also get the best value for your budget.
Here are some general pricing for 10Gbps network connections to give you a first indication:
Which Servers Support 10Gbps Connections?
Not every server has the hardware capable of supporting 10Gbps network connections. Our Legacy Collection servers are typically not supported by this configuration. Upgrading these legacy servers would result in several hardware upgrades, including entirely new chassis. This would result in a much more costly upgrade than current offerings.
The Intel E3-1270v6 is one of our most popular configurations for deploying 10Gbps servers. Other 10Gbps servers include:
- Intel E3-1240v6
- Xeon W 2125
- Xeon W-2145
- Xeon W 2155
- E5-26XXv4 (All v4 models in the 26 series support 10Gbps)
- Xeon Silver
- Xeon Gold
Furthermore, at the moment Montreal is our only data center which supports 10Gbps speeds at this time. We expect to launch this service in the near future in our other data centers as the speed becomes more common.
In order to maximize the performance of the 10Gbps connection, SSD or NVMe drives will ensure that the network speed is not limited by the disk I/O performance.
We recommend requesting a quote for a 10Gbps server and we can recommend available hardware that can support 10Gbps to you.
How do I order a 10Gbps server?
Are you ready to experience the lightning fast speed and performance of 10Gbps servers? Book a free consultation today and we will work with you to empower your business with the latest server technology to achieve your business goals.