October 28, 2013
New CIR Report to Highlight the Merits of 400Gbps Ethernet
By Frank Griffin
TMCnet Contributing Writer
It has been three years since the last upgrade to the 40Gbps and 100Gbps 802.3ba Ethernet standard, and while that might not seem like a long time, in the digital world it is longer than most are willing to wait.
Large organizations creating petabytes of data every month want to skip the 400 Gbps Ethernet the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE (News - Alert)) is going to ratify in 2017 and move ahead to Terabit Ethernet. The likelihood of that happening are slim to none, and the new report by CIR titled, "Next-Generation Ethernet: From 100 Gbps to 400 Gbps and Beyond," will come out in November of 2013 to highlight the benefits and challenges this new standard will introduce. The report will make the case for this technology, and the opportunities it will present to everyone across the value chain.
It looks at how 400 Gig Ethernet will be commercialized and used by carriers, equipment makers, and component makers. As the report mentions 400 Gbps might just be an interim step towards Terabit Ethernet, which is an eventuality that has to come sooner than later to deal with the massive amount of data being generated every day.
According to the IEEE 802.3 400Gbps Study Group, the ratification of 400Gbps will not take place until the first half of 2017. The group's chairman, John D'Ambrosia, stated last month that they are in the process of hammering out which of the platforms they will be adopting in order to achieve 400Gbps. It can be achieved with four 100Gbps channels to create a 400Gbps interface, eight 50Gbps channels, or 16 25Gbps channels.
The report by CIR is going to assess the market and identify key players as the technology is ratified. It argues the business merits of 400 GigE and the opportunities it will present as an enabling technology for end-users including data centers, LANs, and carrier networks.
It goes on to identify organizations in the 400 GigE space; evolution of the technology; impact of 400 GigE on the development of other networking standards; the factors driving and retarding demand; potential markets; business cases and scenarios; time frames for development and deployment; and growth in data center size, processing power and storage capacity.
As organizations continue to use big data analytics, cloud computing, video streaming, and provide and receive services from content delivery networks (CDN), 400 Gbps Ethernet technology they use has to be available not in 2017, but today.
Edited by Alisen Downey
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