Interop-Las Vegas starts in a couple of days. I had a chance to catch up with the Ethernet Alliance chairperson, John D'Ambrosia to hear about what the EA would be doing at the show. After the conversation, I know that Ethernet Alliance members will be showcasing new performance benchmarks and talking about use cases for 10GbE. I'm always interested in hearing about actual use cases for cutting edge technology, so the 10GbE information sounds interesting. IT managers who have very specific ideas about implementing 10GbE may even glean some useful information by stopping by the EA booth.
When it comes to industry associations I like to keep the war strategist Carl von Clausewitz in mind. He famously said words to the effect that "war is the continuation of politics by other means." I think of most industry associations as the continuation of competition by other means. Thus, my conversation with D'Ambrosia was either at a stratospherically high level or dived, very briefly, into the intimate details of this or that specification. The end result was an unsurprising and unsatisfactory hint of the possibilities of 10GbE.
There may be more and better information at the "Next Generation 100GbE Interconnect Specifications" Technology Exploration Forum that the EA is hosting on June 14th in Santa Clara. I'm hoping that a day of presentations by a variety of EA members and experts will provide the kind of food for thought that will help IT managers make strategic network infrastructure decisions.