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Plugfest Puts Multi-gigabit Ethernet Interoperability on Display


October 12, 2017

Enterprise networks are tasked with delivering on the promises of our video-crazy, highly Saas-tastic business world. Network modernization is not optional, as the digital era demands more, it demands multi-gigabit Ethernet. And, groups like the NBASE-T Alliance and the Ethernet Alliance are driving innovation forward to satiate the need for speed.


This week, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), the Ethernet Alliance and NBASE-T Alliance will be front and center at the second joint plugfest – an event aimed at achieving multivendor interoperability and display the latest and greatest in 2.5 and 5Gbps Ethernet.

“The 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T technologies pioneered by the NBASE-T Alliance, and adopted for IEEE 802.3bz™, are key to enabling the network evolution required by today’s businesses,” said Peter Jones, chairman, NBASE-T Alliance; and principal engineer, Cisco. “With its unparalleled benefits, we are seeing an explosion in the range and scope of NBASE-T devices hitting the market. We look forward to another joint plugfest with the Ethernet Alliance to demonstrate the strength and maturity of these solutions.”

The inaugural plugfest resulted in an extremely positive outcome, with a higher than 99 percent success rate for testing equipment and cabling combinations. This year’s event is addressing interoperability of BASE-T and IEEE 802.3bz products and technologies at speeds higher than 1Gbps.

“The game-changing innovations of tomorrow – the ones that will transform both the application landscape and the market itself – need a robust, interoperable foundation to build upon to become a reality,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “IEEE 802.3bz™ offers that solid cornerstone, however, it’s critical that we speed market and user acceptance of standardized BASE-T solutions. By joining with the NBASE-T Alliance for a second plugfest, the Ethernet Alliance is helping to instill greater confidence in BASE-T equipment, and setting the stage for a new generation of disruptive Ethernet technologies.”

Plugfest serves as a reminder of the type of event the Ethernet space requires, especially today in this time of transition. The jump from 1Gbps to multi-gigabit Ethernet doesn’t require a herculean task, just the proper pieces in place.

Have you entered the multi-gigabit Ethernet era?  




Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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