The networking arena in 2010 was anything but quiet. Far from it! The year saw the IEEE finally approve the 40 GbE and 100 GbE standards after years of debate. On the security front, domain providers began increasingly deploying DNSSEC to fix a crucial security vulnerability in the Internet’s naming architecture.
On the competitive front, 2010 saw Cisco and Juniper step up their game in the top-end routing space. Meantime, one-time allies Cisco and HP entered into direct — and not altogether friendly — competition.
All the while, supplies of IPv4 addresses began to run perilously low, while networking vendors have begun to evangelize about IPv6, offering exponentially more address space.
2010 was a busy year for networking professionals with market shifts debuting that will impact networking for years to come. New standards emerged for speed, power and security; vendors debuted new high end routers shattering previous performance levels; and new vendor rivalries emerged as the market consolidated.
After years of debate and discussion, 2010 was the year in which new high speed Ethernet standards were ratified. In June, the IEEE 802.3ba standard for 100 gigabit and 40 gigabit per second Ethernet (GbE) networking was approved.