ADC touts fiber-optic platform's compliance with 802.3ba

June 25, 2010
The company notes that it participated in the industry task force that drove the new IEEE standard supporting both 100 Gbps and 40 Gbps Ethernet speeds.

MINNEAPOLIS -- ADC (NASDAQ: ADCT) announced that it supports the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3ba standard that was ratified last week, while noting that it participated in the industry task force that helped to define the new standard. The standard is the first specification that supports both 100 GbE and 40 GbE throughput speeds over fiber-optic cables for telecom carriers and enterprise data centers.

Related News:IEEE ratifies 40-, 100- Gigabit Ethernet standard

With Internet traffic volumes expected to grow by nearly 50 percent every year, carriers and data centers are already preparing for next-generation 100 Gbps and 40 Gbps Ethernet technologies to support the surging demand for broadband applications and content. In anticipation of the new standard, ADC has prepared its fiber optic portfolio to handle the new speeds so customers can take advantage of fiber cabling solutions that are fully compatible with the new standard today.

“The move to 100 GbE technology will drive an exponential expansion in throughput capacity for carriers and data center operators, over time replacing the existing 10 Gb and 1 Gb Ethernet connections that are in place today,” said Jaxon Lang, vice president of Global Connectivity Solutions - Americas for ADC. “With 100 GbE technology, providers will be able to move the equivalent of a full-length DVD movie in less than a second over a single channel of a single fiber-optic connection."

“As carriers and data centers plot their upgrade strategies to take advantage of the new standard in the months and years to come, ADC is ready today to provide fiber-optic cabling and interface solutions that are fully compatible with 802.3ba, as well as existing 10 Gbps technology,” added Lang. “Our advance work will help to ensure that our customers are well-positioned to move to 100 GbE or 40 GbE platforms whenever their traffic needs dictate.”

As global enterprise requirements continue to evolve, the volumes of data needing to be transmitted and stored will continue to grow exponentially. According to analyst firm IDC, storage growth is continuing at a compound annual growth rate of more than 35 percent, and a recent Cisco Systems study predicts overall annual data traffic growth of 46 percent – a six-fold growth in traffic between 2007 and 2012.

The new technologies as a result of the standard are expected to lead to the development of new data center ecosystems, including a common network interface, servers and other gear, to help providers more effectively and efficiently meet the demands.

“From triple-play entertainment services to enterprise applications on demand to the proliferation of smartphones, there’s no question that data volumes will continue to grow at a strong pace in the years to come,” noted Lang. “Even as many data centers are just moving to 10 GbE today, it’s critical for operators to plan ahead for the next generation of technology, and that’s why ADC is ready to deliver fiber cabling for tomorrow’s 802.3ba equipment.”

For more information about ADC’s solutions to support 100 GbE and 40 GbE go to

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