The Ethernet Alliance has welcomed the approval of a new Ethernet standard by the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group that will pave the way for the arrival of 200Gbps and 400Gbps Ethernet capabilities.
It stated that the approval of the IEEE 802.3bs Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Media Access Control Parameters, Physical Layers, and Management Parameters will help the industry take advantage of the benefits offered by 200Gbps and 400Gbps Ethernet, including better economies of scale and lower cost-per-port performance.
The specification is expected to help meet the mounting bandwidth demands of bandwidth intensive applications, including cloud-scale data centres, internet exchanges, co-location services, and service provider networks.
John D'Ambrosia, chairman of the Ethernet Alliance and senior principal engineer at Huawei, said the introduction of the IEEE 802.3bs standard marks a "transformational moment" in the migration to the next generation of networking technology. He added: "The delivery of 200Gbps and 400Gbps is arriving just in time to meet growing needs for reliable, high-speed connectivity from a diverse array of applications and markets."
However, Mr D'Ambrosia added that while the new standard is a good start, it only marks the first step in the industry's investments into improving the networks of tomorrow.
Last year, the Ethernet Alliance successfully demonstrated the capabilities of 400Gbps Ethernet at the Optical Society's OFC 2017 optical networking and communications conference and expo. It will also be looking to further the use of the technology by engaging with the industry at more interoperability testing events and demonstrations in the coming months.
"We've laid a firm foundation for 200G and 400G with our early interoperability demonstrations and plugfests, but it’s time to kick things into high gear," Mr D'Ambrosia continued. "The real work of testing and verifying multivendor interoperability begins now, and the Ethernet Alliance is ready. We look forward to building on past successes, and helping accelerate 200G and 400G Ethernet's rollout and adoption."
The Ethernet Alliance is a worldwide organisation made up of system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. IT undertakes activities including the incubation of new Ethernet technologies and interoperability demonstrations and education to help support the global rollout of new networking standards.