One of the frequent questions we hear from our customers has to do with choosing the right media type for their data center. On the surface, it would seem the answer is obvious: use copper between the servers and first tier of switches and use optical fiber everywhere else. Although you might find yourself nodding in agreement, that answer does not really address the real question.
The real questions is: what is the right media type for maximizing what is important to you or minimizing what is costing you?
Let’s take a look at just one of the factors you might consider when looking at the various media types: latency.