10Gb/s and Dedicated Servers

10Gb/s the new standard for dedicated servers?

Genereally speaking with networking the faster you can move data the better! Our first dedicated servers were sold with just 10Mb/s network ports and I am sure many of you will remember the days of 56k dial up modems however with 10Gb/s dedicated servers now becoming commonplace is this something you actually need your server to have?

Streaming – Driving the demand for bandwidth?

Over the last ten years increasing speeds of residential and business broadband services have facilitated an increase in video streaming and teleconfrencing, as connection speeds have increased applications have been able to utilise greater bandwidth with increasing streaming video quality and data transfer rates.

Even over the last twelve months the increase in traffic seen at one of the peering exchanges in London (LINX) of which we are a member has increased dramatically.

Traffic on the primary London Internet Exchange peering LAN has increased over the last twelve months by just under 50% from a peak of 3.4TB/s in December 2019 to 4.9TB/s in December 2020.


Number of 15MP Photos a 10Gb Server Could Transfer in 1 Month


Total Fraction Servers Network Capacity


Fraction Servers Peak Network Traffic in 2020

Who benefits the most from 10Gb/s

Whilst most applications will benefit from 10Gb/s speeds there are some specific usage cases where 10Gb/s will be most beneficial, such usages include:

Storage Servers

The increased bandwidth available on 10Gb/s clearly provides benefits when running large number of backups. For example if you have overnight backups to run on a number of servers each with 1Gb/s network ports a 1Gb/s port can easily become saturated and speeds slow which wouldn’t be an issue if the backup server had a 10Gb/s port.

Content Delivery Networks

The main objective of CDN is to deliver content at top speed to users in different geographic locations, aswell as having fast download speeds for users requesting content and files they also need to quickly replicate to other locations around the globe.  With many nodes located on high speed service provider networks replication of data can easily become congested and the 10Gb/s ports 

Media Streaming

As end users bandwidth and video quality has increased in recent years the demands on network bandwidth have increase significantly and a 1Gb/s server network connection can soon become congested, having a 10Gb/s or 20Gb/s network port is always going to be beneficial for IPTV and media streaming ensuring quality is not sacrified by using slow network port speeds.

VPN Providers
We find many VPN providers opting for our 10Gb/s dedicated servers.  VPNs are becoming increasingly popular as users look to protect themselves online and with end user connections increasing in bandwidth providers are finding our 10Gb/s servers ultimately deliver a faster, lower latency service to their end users. 

Fibre or Copper?

At Fraction Servers we normally deploy our servers using 10Gb Base-T (Copper) over CAT6A/CAT7 cabling for our dedicated servers rather than SFP+.  
Whilst fibre (SFP+) does have lower latency and uses less power than copper the latency savings are minimal.  10Gb Base-T has latency less than 2 microseconds (0.002ms) and provides us with  backwards compatibility with RJ45 connections allowing customers to upgrade from 1Gb/s to 10Gb/s without having to make changes to their server hardware and also providing a more robust cabling solution for use within the server rack.