- 10 Gigabit Ethernet has been around for over a decade, but sales of 10GbE ports are only beginning to move the needle seriously in terms of sales. This is, in part, because many server vendors are finally offering on-board 10GbE LoM ports.
- While this type of incremental Ethernet speed advancement might provide benefits at the mega-data center level, it is hard to imagine how the introduction of another set of “open” standards will be of value to the IT industry as a whole, especially given the length of time it takes for these standards to gain acceptance and wide-scale adoption.
On July 1, 2014, a quintet of technology companies – Arista, Broadcom, Google, Mellanox, and Microsoft – announced the formation of the 25G Ethernet Consortium to support a new 25GbE single-lane and 50GbE dual-lane standard targeted at server to top-of-rack switching. This interesting approach appears to circumvent the typical standards process of the IEEE, or even the IETF, by saying that this new standard will be “open” – a word I’m REALLY starting to dislike – “while leveraging many of the same fundamental technologies and behaviors already defined by the IEEE 802.3 standard,” without even bothering to submit it for comment. Well, I suppose close counts. Continue reading “Does Cloud-Scaling Really Demand a New Ethernet Speed Standard?”