Ethernet Alliance Highlights Latest Developments in Optical Ethernet Interoperability at OFC/NFOEC 2013
Mar 15, 2013 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, announced details of its presence at the 2013 Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC/NFOEC).
The global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals, OFC/NFOEC 2013 is March 19 - 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California. The Ethernet Alliance's live demo of optical 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interoperability and featured panel sessions highlight the benefits of standardization and ongoing support for 10, 40, and 100GbE across both copper and optical media.
During OFC/NFOEC 2013, the Ethernet Alliance's booth will be home to a live demo of multiple data centers operating across a fully interoperable Ethernet network, including servers, switches, routers, and cabling, and incorporating speeds ranging from 10 to 100GbE. Interfacing to the data centers will be an array of components and devices that are among the vanguard of next-generation Ethernet products, as well as additional equipment that will drive traffic to all data centers. The demo will illustrate Ethernet's breadth and depth, interoperability, and value.
"Ethernet has matured beyond its roots into a sophisticated core connectivity technology found throughout every layer of the network, thanks to ongoing standardization and interoperability efforts. With standardization, we can facilitate true interoperability both horizontally and vertically across the whole ecosystem," said Ethernet Alliance board member Matt Traverso, engineering manager, Cisco Systems. "Maintaining a strong relationship with the fiber optics community is critical, therefore, the Ethernet Alliance has again chosen OFC/NFOEC to demonstrate the proven value that Ethernet standardization and interoperability offers."
In addition to its demo on the OFC/NFOEC expo floor, Ethernet Alliance experts will be featured speakers during the following two panels:
-Trends in Interconnects & Integration: Chasing Electrical to Optical Conversion - 1pm PST, March 20, Expo Theater II, Anaheim Convention Center. Led by moderator Greg McSorley, technical business development manager, Amphenol, this panel encompasses a range of interconnection and integration trends and developments, such as the adoption of parallel fiber, direct attach cables, and optical backplanes. Panelists include Ethernet Alliance members Brad Booth, distinguished engineer, networking CTO office, Dell; Chris Cole, director of engineering, Finisar; and Matt Traverso, engineering manager, Cisco Systems.
-Need for Speed: Going Beyond 100GbE - 1:50pm PST, March 20, Expo Theater II, Anaheim Convention Center. Moderator and Ethernet Alliance President, Scott Kipp, principal engineer, Brocade, and panelists Dr. Gordon Brebner, engineer, Xilinx; Alan Weckel, analyst, Dell'Oro; and Dr. Jeffery J. Maki, engineer, Juniper Networks will engage in discussion of the ongoing 400GbE Call For Interest (CFI), findings of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment Report, adoption rates for 40- and 100GbE, bandwidth growth, and future Ethernet speeds.
A special live video update delivered by Ethernet Alliance Chairman, John D'Ambrosia, chief Ethernet evangelist, CTO office, Dell, will immediately follow the Need for Speed: Going Beyond 100GbE panel. The video presentation will provide details on the start of 400GbE, including next steps and what the future holds for this latest Ethernet advancement.
Member companies participating in the Ethernet Alliance's OFC/NFOEC interoperability demonstration include Amphenol Corp.; Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.; Cisco Systems; Finisar Corp.; Hitachi; Ixia; LSI Corp.; Juniper Networks, Inc.; Nexans S.A. (EN Paris: NEX); Oclaro, Inc.; Panduit Corp.; Spirent Communications; and Volex.
"With the emergence of key drivers such as cloud computing, data center convergence, network virtualization, and innovations like the Internet of Things, Internet traffic continues to rise dramatically. Ethernet is an friendly and ubiquitous technology that the industry relies upon to make today's interconnected global networks function properly," said Scott Kipp, Ethernet Alliance President, and principal engineer, Brocade. "From today's emerging deployment of 100GbE to tomorrow's 400GbE and beyond, interoperability will be more important than ever. The Ethernet Alliance remains deeply committed to ensuring the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies."
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