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Ethernet essential for internet's continued growth

By Donna Donnawitz
May 9, 2012
The Ethernet Alliance focuses its efforts on advancing Ethernet from a technical perspective, not a marketing emphasis. Its interoperability event brings together equipment from a diverse range of vendors and shows how it can all work together. In a recent interview with the Register, Scott Kipp, president of the board of directors for the Ethernet Alliance, explained that Ethernet has emerged as the glue that keeps the internet together.

Kipp told the news source that Ethernet has become the single defining standard for LAN infrastructure, providing the necessary foundation upon which organizations can build their networks and access web-based services and systems.

"The internet is probably Ethernet’s greatest triumph. Every server that delivers content to the internet is networked via Ethernet," Kipp told the Register. "Society is moving to a new level of interconnectedness that’s built solidly upon the Ethernet ecosystem. Think about some of the applications that have become a permanent part of today’s technology mosaic - Facebook, Twitter, Skype - those technologies are served up via Ethernet."

According to Kipp, Ethernet is the future of the internet, but exactly where the technology will take the world is up for debate. Bandwidth requirements are rising at such a fast pace that even the most advanced existing networking technologies will probably not be good enough in the near future because networking requirements are changing so quickly. As a result, innovation is emerging as a key trend in the future of the internet and Ethernet will likely be at the forefront of the change, helping businesses and consumers gain access to the connectivity options they need to access data-rich content, the Register reported.

Currently, the consumer market is driving changes in the core functionality of Ethernet, as the rise of video content delivery is pushing bandwidth requirements, Kipp told the news source. However, this movement is having a major impact on businesses as they need to implement infrastructure to help them deliver the high-quality content they are increasingly demanding, while also implementing consumer-like solutions to engage the workforce.

As Ethernet continues to evolve as the future of the internet, its interaction with fiber-optic cable infrastructure could become more important. Optical network systems are emerging as the future of the cabling industry, as copper is hitting its limits, especially in service provider networks, and fiber-to-the-home technologies are becoming more prominent. As a result, fiber-to-Ethernet media conversion tools could prove critical to supporting the internet's development.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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