The 40G/100G Ethernet standard has been ratified, the first specification to simultaneously specify two new Ethernet speeds. The IEEE 802.3ba standard was ratified last Thursday, according to the IEEE. Ratification paves the way for a new wave of higher speed Ethernet server connectivity and core switching products, the standards organization says.
The 802.3ba standard addresses bandwidth needs required by the growing number of applications in data centres, service provider networks and other traffic-intensive high performance computing environments. Then proliferation of virtualisation and virtual machines within data centres, as well as converged network services, video-on-demand, and social networking, were driving forces behind the definition of the standard.
The standard is also expected to accelerate the adoption of 10G Ethernet now that higher-speed 40G/100G pipes are available to aggregate scores of 10G links. The IEEE also says it complements the Federal Communication Commission's "Connecting America" National Broadband Plan, which calls for delivering greater broadband access nationwide, 100Mbps for a minimum of 100 million homes.
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