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Ethernet Alliance ‘breaks new ground’ with recent TeraFabric Plugest

The Ethernet Alliance this week announced the successful completion of its TeraFabric Plugfest.


November 8, 2012  


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The Ethernet Alliance this week announced the successful completion of its TeraFabric Plugfest.

“This is the most diverse interoperability testing event the Ethernet industry has seen to-date in terms of the sheer number of unique vendors, products, and technologies represented, all working in concert to accurately represent the entire spectrum of a converged data centre,” said Chauncey Schwartz, chair, Marketing Committee, Ethernet Alliance and senior technical marketing manager with QLogic. “Using an approach incorporating multiple Ethernet speeds, vendors, technologies, and protocols, we were able to successfully construct and transmit data through a 1Tb-capable fabric.”

Plugfest participants represented a cross-section of Ethernet switch, storage, adapter, test equipment and structured cabling firms including Amphenol, Applied Micro, Broadcom, Cisco Systems, CommScope, Dell Networking and Dell EqualLogic, Emulex, Foxconn International Holdings, Intel, Ixia, JDS Uniphase, Leviton Manufacturing, NetApp, Nexans, Panduit, PLX Technology, QLogic, Samtec, Siemon, TE Connectivity and Volex.

“Among the notable achievements realized during the event was the successful use of 10GBASE-T in data centre bridging (DCB) architectures end-to-end over the maximum length of 100-metres,” said Schwartz.  “In addition, 40GE was successfully tested for the first time in a multi-vendor DCB environment.”