In 2014 a new trend has emerged, one that favors mid-speed standards falling between existing Ethernet standards. At one end is the 25 Gbps effort that will serve markets where 10 Gbps isn’t enough and 100 Gbps is too much. At the other of the spectrum is 2.5 Gbps, which will serve markets where 1 Gbps isn’t enough, but 10 Gbps isn’t practical for cabling reasons.
Among the key players in the Ethernet world is John D’Ambrosia, chair of the Ethernet Alliance. D’Ambrosia said that 2014 is a fitting year to have a discussion about new Ethernet speeds. In 2013, Ethernet celebrated its 40th anniversary and a history of 10x leaps.
“With the exception of 40 GbE, we have always had a focus on 10x leaps, and it seems like we tried to solve every problem with the solutions that we had, as opposed to solving every problem,” D’Ambrosia said. “There are now sizeable markets that can’t be ignored, that are not growing the same way that Ethernet is used to.”