Ethernet Alliance Showcases Latest Generation of Ethernet Technologies at OFC 2015

Live multi-vendor interoperability demo highlights standardization's role in Ethernet's continued expansion

BEAVERTON, OR – The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and advancement of Ethernet technologies, today announced it will be hosting a live, multi-vendor interoperability demo in booth 2531 at the upcoming Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition (OFC 2015) from March 24 – 26, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, Calif. The demonstration showcases the latest generation of innovative 10, 40, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) advancements from an array of Ethernet Alliance member companies.

“Our OFC 2015 multi-vendor demo illustrates how standardization is accelerating the development and evolution of forward-looking Ethernet technologies and extending its application horizon into new markets. It also clearly shows that 40GbE and 100GbE technology has reached the level of maturity needed for active deployment,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance; and principal technologist, Brocade. “We’re very pleased to have the enthusiastic support and participation of many Ethernet Alliance member companies in our OFC 2015 demo.”

The Ethernet Alliance’s OFC 2015 integrated multi-vendor demo includes innovative 10, 40, and 100GbE solutions from a diverse range of member companies from every corner of the Ethernet ecosystem. The live demonstration emulates two data centers, with each containing a core device and a top-of-rack switch. Additional analysis and test emulation equipment will be connected to simulate traffic typically seen within these setups. A main focus of the demo is highlighting the various types of 100GbE links being leveraged in these configurations, including QSFP28 LR4; CPAK LR4; CFP2 SR10; CPAK SR10; CFP2 LR4; CFP2 ER4f; and CPAK ER4f.

Among member companies taking part in the Ethernet Alliance’s demo are Amphenol Corporation (NYSE: APH); Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM); Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCD); Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO); CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM); Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR); Hitachi, Ltd. (TYO: 6501); Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA); Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE: JNPR); Oclaro, Inc. (NASDAQ:OCLR); Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT.L); and Teledyne LeCroy, Inc.

During OFC, the Ethernet Alliance will also be launching the industry’s first publicly available roadmap charting the future course of the billion port/year Ethernet market. With the continued advancement of 40GbE and 100GbE, and the move to develop new speeds such as 2.5GbE and 5GbE, the organization is looking ahead and providing a view to Ethernet’s future via its comprehensive roadmap. To learn more about the Ethernet Alliance’s new roadmap, please visit booth 2531 on the OFC expo floor

Additionally, the Ethernet Alliance is hosting two OFC 2015 panels in Expo Theater II, Exhibit Hall G of the Los Angeles Convention Center on Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

 Next Generation Tunable Technology and Applications, 10:30 – 11:30am PST. Led by moderator Kevin Affolter, director of product line management, JDS Uniphase Corporation (JDSU), panelists Srinath Kalluri, senior engineering development manager, JDSU; Vladmir Kozlov, CEO LightCounting; and Robert Blum, director of strategic marketing, Oclaro, Inc. will explore areas of significant investment and innovation in new application spaces for tunable technology. The panel will also address the development and adoption of tunable-based solutions such as tunable XFP and SFP+.

 Ethernet Roadmaps, 11:30am – 12:30pm PST. Moderated by Ethernet Alliance President Scott Kipp, panelists Kapil Shrikhande, principal engineer, Dell, Inc.; David Chalupsky, product architect, Network Division, Intel Corporation; and Mark Gustlin, principal system architect, Xilinx, Inc. will discuss the variety of coming Ethernet speeds and target applications driving their development. Additionally, panelists will explore the timing of these speeds and their underlying technologies.

To experience the Ethernet Alliance live multi-vendor demo at OFC 2015, please visit booth number 2531 on the expo floor; for live Twitter updates, please follow the #EAOFC2015 hashtag. For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, please visit www.ethernetalliance.org, follow @EthernetAllianc and on Twitter, visit its Facebook page, or join the Ethernet Alliance LinkedIn group. Individuals who would like to receive updates on Ethernet Alliance, activities, and events may sign up for the organization’s newsletter at www.ethernetalliance.org/newsletter.

About the Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and component vendors, industry experts, and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.