The prospect of 'super fast' 10 Gigabit Ethernet products will come closer this month, as the emerging standard begins its formal approvals process.
The international regulatory body, the IEEE, will begin to create a standard on the emerging technology - but it will take at least a year to be ratified, according to industry sources. The IEEE only ratified the Gigabit Ethernet standard in June last year, 18 months after the basic concept was agreed.
"There will probably not be a standard for 10 Gigabit Ethernet for about 18 months," said Drusie Demopoulos, marketing VP at Foundry Networks. "But there will be pre-standard products as there was for Gigabit Ethernet."
Demopoulos said that many vendors - including Foundry - were likely to pre-empt the standard in order to get products to market.
"Delays are inevitable when it comes to getting approval for networking standards," said IDC analyst, Pim Bilderbeek. "And the approved version is typically the one that is most disliked by all manufacturers."
The latest Gigabit Ethernet technology was used for the testing of networks in laboratory situations, where faster technology was constantly needed.
For more stories see 3 March issue of Network News
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