The Ethernet Alliance and the uses of 10GbE

 
 
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
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The Ethernet Alliance will be at Interop Las Vegas.

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.

Just to keep it real, here are links to some 10GbE coverage that I wrote a couple of years ago including the Cisco Catalyst 4900 and the then new Nexus platform.

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.

 
 
 
 
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