Ethernet Alliance Showcases Latest in Optical Ethernet Interoperability
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 largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals, OFC/NFOEC 2013 is March 19 – 21, 2013 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The Ethernet Alliance’s live demo of optical 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interoperability in booth 2909 and featured panel sessions highlight the benefits of standardization and ongoing support for 10, 40, and 100GbE across both copper and optical media.
“Amphenol is once again proud to be part of the Ethernet Alliance live demo at this year’s OFC/NFOEC 2013 exhibition demo,” said Greg McSorley, technical business development manager, Amphenol. “As always, this is a great opportunity for Amphenol to showcase our world-class high-speed interconnect systems. Along with our passive and active copper cable assemblies, we will be showcasing our enhanced SFP+, QSFP+, and CFP2 cages and connectors. We will also be demonstrating our latest optical interconnect solutions, including extending Ethernet from the traditional indoor environment to the sealed outdoor wireless and backhaul applications.”
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 cutting-edge equipment that will drive traffic to all data centers. The demo will clearly illustrate Ethernet’s superior 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; the Ethernet Alliance has again chosen OFC/NFOEC to demonstrate the proven value that Ethernet standardization and interoperability offers.”
“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 intuitive 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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