Network performance is measured through high-speed ports carried by the hardware: 1G, 10G, 40G 100G …! However, the number of ports available on a network element is not always synonymous with performance in “real life.”

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A non-blocking element (backplane capacity to manage all active ports simultaneously) is not enough either. If the processing capacity of the active element does not follow it is actually a marketing ad! The wire speed is the notion that specifies whether an active element is capable of processing packets fast enough so that even with small packets, the throughput theoretically available to the port is used to its fullest. The number of millions of packets per second defines this metric and can verify the quality of the active element.

In addition, the latency of the element is also very important for ensuring the performance of the network. Jitter (variation in delay of information transfer), too often overlooked, is a key element in validating latency. In fact, the data stream is typically multi source, and this is where jitter becomes important. A switch to low Jitter can provide much better results in production than a switch initially declared to be lower latency .

It is to understand the characteristics of the network and guide you in your choices, that the Enlil IT experts are at your disposal. They are there to help you in building your infrastructure by choosing the best technical solution in accordance with your budget.