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Ethernet Alliance multi-vendor interoperability event set

June 17, 2015  

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The Ethernet Alliance will hold its next interoperability test event June 22 – 25 at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, N.H. The organization’s largest-ever multi-vendor plugfest represents a complete testing ecosystem for 40 Gigabit (40G) and 100 Gigabit (100G) Ethernet. Additionally, a technical feasibility event on 25 Gigabit per second (25Gb/s) technologies will be held to assess the state of these technologies, and provide input into standardization and development to optimize future interoperability of the 25 Gigabit Ethernet (25GbE) family.

“Ethernet’s continued growth and expansion into new markets and applications is driven by its intrinsic interoperability,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman of the Alliance and chief Ethernet evangelist with Dell. “The seasoned level of maturity of 40G and 100G Ethernet dictates the need for a broad-scale testing event of this magnitude.  These are real technologies being deployed in real-world situations every day.

“As demonstrated by the 25 Gb/s technical feasibility testing, interoperability is something that the industry considers from the very beginning of any Ethernet standardization activity.”

Dating back to its inception, the Ethernet Alliance has worked with the UNH-IOL to host interoperability test events aimed at advancing Ethernet technologies. The biggest interoperability event hosted by the Ethernet Alliance to-date will bring together 23 companies representing a large, diverse array of 40/100G Ethernet technology vendors, including cabling, chip, connector, optics, system, and test equipment manufacturers, the Alliance said.

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