Forget Gigabit Internet, Google Already Working On 10-Gigabit Speeds

Forget Gigabit Internet, Google Already Working On 10-Gigabit Speeds

Even as the Google Fiber gigabit Internet service pilot programs are rolling along, Google already has its sights set on loftier goals--namely, Internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second.

In remarks made at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that Google is already working on bringing the next next-generation of Internet speeds to life even as its just beginning to push the currently available speed envelope with Google Fiber.

That’s not surprising, but what is remarkable is what he sees as a timeline for 10-gigabit Internet. “Why wouldn't we make it available in three years? That's what we're working on. There's no need to wait," he said.

Google CFO Patrick Pichette
Google CFO Patrick Pichette, left (Image credit: Charles William Pelletier via Flickr)

Such a timeframe is ambitious to say the least, and there’s probably no way that’s going to happen, but it certainly is an exciting development. (That said, I’d love for Google to prove me wrong on this.)

For now, though, most of us must sit idly by while Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, Utah enjoy the first rollouts of Google Fiber and the 1Gbps speeds that make us jealous for now but may seem quaint in the future.
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This should prove useful for the 0.001% of consumers who have 10Gbps in their home.

It's driven me nuts for a while that my NAS could theorhetically output at 2x the speed of 1Gbps, and an SSD, about 5x. Talk about being overdue for an upgrade.

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Yep, get yourself a Gigabit router and switch there, Rob!

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Yeh, now they need to start spreading that internet further than just areas that have horses for means of transportation..

(But hey? The Amish live in Pennsylvania, they don't use computers..but they do drive horse drawn carriages)

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Big bark, little bite. Unless 10GbE drops

With 1GbE nearly 15 years old you'd think technologically we'd be able to buy a cheap NIC that can easily max out, yet still you need to pick carefully as half those NICS are utter trash barely capable of 250Mbps. Even top-end 10GbE cards struggle to max out past 80% of the theoretical with top line hardware.

Networking manufacturers need to start stepping up because it's annoying having to deal with such crap gear that's already out there incapable of supporting the bare minimum standards of the Ethernet protocol. If you can't perform, don't sell it.

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This seems to be a bit of a stretch. 10Gbps is just starting to become more popular outside the data center but still not the norm. 40Gbps is just starting to take hold in data center environments and hopefully 100Gbps will be supported soon. Until that happens I don't see 10Gbps being pushed out to the end users anytime in the near future. Not to mention there is no infrastructure to support it with the exception of some of the larger enterprises and the government but even most of their infrastructure won't support it.

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