Ethernet Standards Ramp Up For Faster IT

"Fast IT" has become a marketing slogan, and is also a very real challenge for today's IT professionals. But rolling out new applications on the fly, providing continuous improvement, and adapting to changes and feedback in real time can only happen if your basic IT infrastructure is extremely sound.

In pursuit of this robust architecture, the Ethernet Alliance held its largest plugfest to date at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), last week. Engineers from 23 companies in the networking ecosystem -- including Arista, Cisco, Dell, Hitachi, and Intel -- gathered at the UNH-IOL’s 32,000-square-foot facility to work the kinks out of their 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technologies and to provide input into the developing standard for 25 GbE.