UNH-IOL creates 802.3ba Ethernet standard consortium

With the IEEE's work on the 802.3ba Ethernet standard complete, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) believes its new consortium will be able help members of the Ethernet product food chain prepare 802.3ba-compliant products.

The recently ratified 802.3ba standard specifies two Ethernet speeds--40 Gbps for computing and networked storage applications and 100 Gbps for core networking applications.

While the passing of the standard was a solid step for the Ethernet industry, the IOL consortium will provide vendors a way a neutral testing environment to ensure the products they are building meet their service provider and enterprise customer base. For a $24,000 yearly membership fee, the IOL consortium will distribute the cost of performing independent testing and validation for vendors that are developing products that follow the evolving 802.3ba standard.

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