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May 03, 2012
Interop 2012: Ethernet Alliance to Demo Interoperability of 10G/40G Ethernet for Data Center

The Ethernet Alliance announced it is demonstrating interoperability between 10G and 40G Ethernet technologies for data centers at the Interop (News - Alert), Las Vegas, Nevada, May 8-10.

The interoperability gives Ethernet the ability to support cloud computing, convergence and virtualization in the data center.

Seven Ethernet Alliance (News - Alert) member companies are participating in the demo that shows how to effectively use the latest in 10G and 40G Ethernet capabilities to upgrade their data centers.   It will also show how data centers can use Ethernet's flexibility and scalability to drive data centers' cloud migration strategies

The companies participating at Interop 2012 include Cisco Systems, Emulex (News - Alert), Dell, Nexans, Panduit Corp., QLogic and Volex.

The network topology of the Interop demo illustrates how the latest in Ethernet technology is set to fuel the next generation of data centers. It includes three layers including 10G attached servers in the access layer linked to multiple 10G switches in the distribution layer aggregated by two 40G core switches.   

"Real technology for real deployment is what data center architects are finding as they look to Ethernet for their next-generation networks," said John D'Ambrosia, chairman Ethernet Alliance, in a statement. "The Ethernet Alliance's demonstration shows the Interop audience that migrating to an architecture based on 10G and 40G Ethernet is not only possible, but can be accomplished swiftly and easily.”

Ethernet Alliance is dedicated to promoting advancements in Ethernet technologies. Through its interoperability demonstrations, consensus building, educational, and advocacy efforts, the Ethernet Alliance creates an open platform that supports innovation across the Ethernet technology spectrum.

The Ethernet Alliance also helps to ensure operability, a key to maximizing the benefits of cloud computing and virtualized environments.

 Earlier this year, in the interoperability demonstrations at OFC/NFOEC 2012, the Ethernet Alliance showcased high-speed connectivity to the cloud via interoperable 10-, 40-, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) optical connections.

Ethernet Alliance demonstration focused on how the Ethernet ecosystem uses optics and how businesses are implementing 10-, 40-, and 100GbE optics in their networks.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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