The ever-increasing demand for bandwidth is forcing IT to weigh its high-performance backbone options. Gigabit Ethernet is one of the most attractive approaches, offering 10 times the throughput of Fast Ethernet. More than 20 vendors offer Gigabit Ethernet switches, which they either manufacture or purchase from manufacturers. The Dell'Oro Group last year projected that the Gigabit Ethernet market will grow from 1.8 million ports in 1999 to 18 million ports in 2002.
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