Connections +
News

Ethernet Alliance to showcase high-speed cloud connections at OFC/NFOEC 2012

The Ethernet Alliance will demonstrate connectivity to the cloud via interoperable 10-, 40-, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical connections next week at the OFC/NFOEC 2012 conference in Los Angeles.


February 29, 2012  


Print this page

The Ethernet Alliance will demonstrate connectivity to the cloud via interoperable 10-, 40-, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical connections next week at the OFC/NFOEC 2012 conference in Los Angeles.

The demonstration will focus on how the Ethernet ecosystem uses optics and how businesses are implementing 10-, 40-, and 100GbE optics in their networks. The Ethernet Alliance and 10 member companies are demonstrating a variety of Ethernet technologies, which they say will illustrate how 10GbE servers are driving the need for 40GbE and 100GbE uplinks within the data centre environment and to cloud service providers.

The demonstration will create a simulated cloud computing environment between two “data centres.” One data centre wil connect a 100GbE lambda across an Optical Transport Network (OTN), while the second data centre will connect via four 10GbE links.

“When deploying cloud environments, end-users face a range of link rates from GbE to 100GbE when they apply Ethernet at the server, aggregation, core, and metropolitan layer,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance. “The Ethernet Alliance multi-vendor interoperability demonstration will highlight various Ethernet optical and copper solutions that can be used, and highlights advancements in technology for deployment today.

Alliance member companies participating included Amphenol, Brocade, Cisco Systems, Dell Force 10, Finisar, Ixia, JDS Uniphase, Spirent Communications, TE Connectivity and Volex.

Further information on the demonstration is available at www.ethernetalliance.org.