Ethernet Alliance gears up for data center consolidation

July 30, 2012
Upcoming TeraFabric Plugfest interoperability test event will address technologies driving data center consolidation, including Data Center Bridging, 10GBase-T, 40-GbE, Energy Efficient Ethernet, high-speed cabling and more.

The Ethernet Alliance has announced the details of its next interoperability test event, the TeraFabric Plugfest, scheduled for October 22 – 26, 2012 at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

“Everyone understands there’s an inherent need to consolidate data center operations for the many benefits it offers -- such as lowered capex and opex, unified visibility and management, and reduced maintenance complexity -- but what’s less understood is how to cost-effectively do so without impacting performance,” comments Henry He, Marketing Chair, Ethernet in the Data Center subcommittee, Ethernet Alliance.

He adds, “Ethernet’s inherent flexibility and ease-of-use make it the ideal solution for executing data center convergence strategies without affecting operational quality.”

At the event, many Ethernet Alliance subcommittees will be collaborating to ensure the TeraFabric Plugfest offers the most comprehensive and cohesive interoperability test experience possible. Spanning five days’ time, the cross-discipline event includes a broad set of Ethernet technologies for the converged data center, such as Data Center Bridging (DCB), 10GBase-T, 40-GbE, high speed cabling, and Energy Efficient Ethernet.

“The majority of open standards-based testing has been highly focused on individual testing of each Ethernet technology domain. In real-world data centers, all of these components must work together as part of a single, seamless environment,” explains John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance. “The Ethernet Alliance TeraFabric Plugfest presents a unique opportunity for the Ethernet ecosystem, as it unites a broad range of current and next-generation Ethernet components in a controlled test setting to illustrate the benefits that a converged network can bring to a data center.”

The registration deadline for Ethernet Alliance member companies interested in taking part in the TeraFabric Plugfest is August 3, 2012. A copy of the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) is available on the Ethernet Alliance website at:

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