Ethernet Alliance recounts eventful year, looks ahead to 2015

Dec. 17, 2014
Consortium says its positive influence in the Ethernet ecosystem is punctuated by its significant successes this year in furthering the technology's development, education, and interoperability.

The Ethernet Alliance has released a statement describing how the consortium "is closing the books on a tumultuous year in which the Ethernet community as a whole embraced the idea of speeds outside of the factor of 10, and has begun laying plans to provide support, marketing awareness, and education related to these activities throughout 2015."

The group asserts that its positive influence in the Ethernet ecosystem is punctuated by its significant successes this year in furthering Ethernet technology development, education, and interoperability, as well as extending its role as the leading voice for Ethernet. “This has been a year of rapid, turbulent change within the Ethernet ecosystem. We’re ending 2014 on a high note, and looking ahead to 2015 to support the industry and the intense attention being paid to the development of 25 Gigabit Ethernet (25GbE) and next-generation Ethernet access networks,” commented John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet strategist, Dell.

D’Ambrosia added, “The success of our joint workshop with the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) on the development of 100GbE over a single lambda; the exploration of the Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) logo certification program; and our 2014 Technology Exploration Forum (TEF), which brought the industry together to debate future rates, has enabled the Ethernet Alliance to be recognized as the leading advocate for the future of Ethernet.”

As enumerated by the consortium, notable Ethernet Alliance accomplishments in 2014 include the following:

* Helping to build consensus and support for automotive Ethernet, PoE, 25GbE, next-generation access networks, single-lambda 100GbE, and 40/100G, and other innovative Ethernet technologies.

* Educating industry stakeholders and end users with popular webinars encompassing compelling topics such as 10GBASE-T, 25GbE, and 40/100G for data centers.

* Providing opportunities for open discussion, knowledge-sharing, and consensus-building by hosting a variety of events like TEF 2014: The Rate Debate, the May 2014 IEEE 802.1/802.3 interim meeting, and the 100GbE per Lambda Workshop

* Promoting interoperability through Ethernet Alliance-driven live multi-vendor demos at OFC 2014, Interop 2014, and SC14

* Keynoting important industry conferences including 2014 China Network World, Ethernet Technology Summit 2014, and Next-Gen Network Components 2014

“The Ethernet Alliance is an inclusive organization serving both the industry and our members by giving them a strong voice that stands out in today’s crowded Ethernet landscape. We’re an effective sounding board that lets our members’ needs and challenges – and those of the markets they serve – be heard by the individuals and organizations that are working on Ethernet standardization projects,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance; and principal technologist, Brocade.

Kipp concluded, “As we look ahead to 2015, we foresee a lot of industry consensus-building that the Ethernet Alliance will be driving to help elevate this critical technology, further its adoption, and speed deployment of IEEE 802-based solutions. As Ethernet’s journey continues, we’re very pleased to be playing our part on behalf of Ethernet Alliance members, industry, and end users everywhere.”

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