CORRECTING and REPLACING Future of Ethernet on Display in Ethernet Alliance OFC 2018 Demo

Interactive demo offers advance look at the application-driven future
of enterprise, data center, and service provider networks, highlights
Ethernet’s signature interoperability

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Interactive demo offers advance look at the application-driven future
of enterprise, data center, and service provider networks, highlights
Ethernet’s signature interoperability

The Ethernet
, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and
advancement of Ethernet technologies, today announced details of its
interactive demo at OFC
. Attracting strong support among members, the demo encompasses
10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), 25GbE, 50GbE, 100GbE, and 400GbE
technologies and solutions from 17 companies, ranging from interconnect
providers, to switches and routers, to test and measurement equipment.
Additionally the organization’s presence includes a live 400GbE network
connecting between multiple booths on the OFC show floor. The Ethernet
Alliance demo can be viewed in booth 2648 on the OFC expo floor, March
13-15, 2018, at the San
Diego Convention Center
, San Diego, Calif.

“The next Ethernet era is underway, and this year’s multivendor
technology demonstration is one of the many steps the Ethernet Alliance
is making in support of interoperable, next-generation technologies,
such as PAM4,” said David J. Rodgers, marketing chair, Ethernet
Alliance; and senior product marketing manager, Teledyne LeCroy, Inc.
“We’re showcasing everything from copper to optical interconnects at
rates of 10GbE to 400GbE, as well as a live 400GbE network. This OFC
2018 demonstration illustrates the innovations that can happen when you
have the whole of the Ethernet ecosystem fully committed to bringing
tomorrow’s networks to life today.”

IEEE Ethernet standards development has continued unabated. With
interoperability a key part of Ethernet’s global success, the Ethernet
Alliance is committed to its mission of delivering the resources needed
to support multivendor interoperability across the Ethernet ecosystem.
The group’s yearly OFC demonstration highlights Ethernet’s robust
interoperability, with configurations that include network switches and
routers; optical transceivers and fiber interconnects; direct attach
copper (DAC) cabling and connectors; test and measurement generation and
analysis tools; product solutions for 10GbE, 25GbE, and 100GbE
applications; and products targeting emerging standards for 50GbE and
400Gbe PAM4.

Building on the success of OFC 2017, the Ethernet Alliance is again
featuring a live 400GbE network between the Ethernet Alliance’s booth
and various member company booths, including a Flex Ethernet (FlexE)
demonstration across the OFC 2018 exhibit floor. Additionally, the
Ethernet Alliance and Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) are jointly
demonstrating 400GbE FlexE. These exhibits clearly illustrate the
application-driven future of enterprise, data center, and service
provider networks and the broad commitment to standards based solutions
to support the market demands.

In a strong show of support from members representing all facets of the
Ethernet ecosystem, the Ethernet Alliance’s OFC 2018 demo incorporates
equipment and solutions from 17 different companies: Amphenol
Corporation (NYSE: APH);
Anritsu Company; Arista Networks, Inc. (NYSE: ANET);
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO);
Commscope Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ: COMM);
Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR);
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.; Keysight Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: KEYS);
Juniper Networks; Molex, Inc.; Nexans S.A. (EPA: NEX);
Source Photonics, Inc.; Spirent Communications (LSE: SPT.L);
TE Connectivity Ltd. (NYSE: TEL);
Teledyne LeCroy, Inc. (NYSE: TDY);
and Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX).

Also making its return at OFC 2018 is the Ethernet Alliance’s latest
Ethernet roadmap. Recently revised for 2018, the industry’s only
Ethernet roadmap provides a look at the forward path for the ubiquitous
networking technology. The roadmap will be introduced during a social
event at its booth, number 2648, on Tuesday, March 13, from 3:00-5:00pm
PT. Ethernet Alliance leaders and members will be available to discuss
the updated roadmap and printed copies will be offered to all attendees.

“Ethernet is going everywhere, as evidenced by our 2018 roadmap showing
a rapidly increasing diversity of applications. From copper traces
feeding ASICs and optical modules, to cables typically found in
enterprise and hyperscale data centers, to 40 km optical reaches found
in metro and wireless backhaul networks, this year’s demo, spanning
Ethernet rates from 10GbE to 400GbE, reflects the multitude of roles
Ethernet plays in today’s real world networks” said John D’Ambrosia,
chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “The
demo also illustrates the state of readiness of the entire Ethernet
ecosystem, as the industry looks to deploy the Next Ethernet Era of
solutions. And the Ethernet Alliance is there, leading the industry’s
investment in Ethernet’s interoperability, validation, and continued

The Ethernet Alliance 2018 roadmap will also be the featured discussion
topic in the Ethernet
Roadmaps Update
session on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 12:45pm
PT in Theater II, Hall E. Led by Mr. Rodgers, panelists will explore the
variety of Ethernet speeds and the applications driving them. Copies of
the roadmap will also be distributed to those attending the session.

Mr. D’Ambrosia is also participating in two panel sessions at OFC 2018:

  • Future Demands on the Optical Network – IoT, Connected Cars and More,
    Tuesday, March 13, 12:00pm PT, Room 4, open to credentialed media
    members and analysts; and
  • 400G
    Standards, MSAs and Related Technologies: What is on the Horizon?
    Wednesday, March 14, 3:45pm PT, Theater III, Hall B2; Mr. D’Ambrosia
    will be joined by Ethernet Alliance vice president, Mark Nowell of
    Cisco Systems, Inc.

To follow the latest Ethernet Alliance OFC 2018 news and events, please
follow #EAOFC18
and #EthernetRoadmap
on Twitter.

To experience the Ethernet Alliance live multi-vendor demo at OFC 2018,
please visit booth number 2648 on the expo floor; for live Twitter
updates, please follow the #EAOFC18
hashtag. For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, please visit,
follow @EthernetAllianc
on Twitter, visit its Facebook
page, or join its LinkedIn

the Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and
component vendors, industry experts, and university and government
professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion
of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards
to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new
Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.

Additional Quotes:

“For the past nine years Amphenol has been part of the Ethernet Alliance
live demo at the OFC exhibition and is once again proud to be involved
in this year’s events. The OFC conference and exhibition is one of the
nation’s premier optical events. Each year and the Ethernet Alliance
booth is great place for designers and end users to get up to date
information on the latest in GbE and see the most current products in
live and static demos.

Amphenol will be demonstrating our world class 10 and 25GbE SFP+, 40GbE
QSFP+ and 100GbE interconnect systems. Amphenol will showcase our
passive copper cables and our latest AOC’s (Active Optical Cable
assemblies) as well as our SFP+ and QSFP+ cages and connectors. This
year we are excited to also be showing our latest 400Gb OSFP and QSFP-DD
receptacles, cages and copper cables. We will also have latest 25Gb RCx
passive TOR cable system available. In Addition we will be showcasing a
new offering of High Density (HD) rack mount optical connectivity panels
and trunk cable solutions designed to increase density to improve cable
routing and tray congestion.” – Greg McSorley, technical business
development manager, Amphenol High-Speed Cables

“Anritsu is excited to partner with fellow Ethernet Alliance members in
demonstrating leading-edge interoperability among optical network
equipment and interconnect manufacturers from 25Gbps to 400Gbps. As a
world-class leader in optical transport and data network testing
solutions, Anritsu welcomes its role in the Ethernet Alliance
demonstrations at OFC 2018, as it enables us to showcase our test
capabilities alongside market leaders in their respective industry
segments in a true, real-world application.” – Daniel Gonzalez,
business development manager, Anritsu

“Arista Networks is pleased to participate in the Ethernet Alliance
OFC2018 demonstration as we anticipate the next wave of cloud-scale
networking based on Ethernet. We are showcasing the 7260CX3 system,
which combines low latency with interface flexibility allowing a range
of connections from 10G to 100G. Ethernet connectivity between a wide
set of system companies, test and measurement tools and NICs helps to
ensure the delivery of next generation networks.” – Christophe
Metivier, vice president, manufacturing and platform engineering, Arista

“It’s our job to help connect networks around the world, and we’re
pleased to do that here on the show floor at OFC right alongside the
Ethernet Alliance. We appreciate this partnership that marries
technological expertise and industry smarts.” – Trevor Smith, vice
president, CommScope Office of the CTO

“EXFO is pleased to join the Ethernet Alliance interoperability
demonstration taking place at OFC 2018. We look forward to demonstrating
our FlexE (Flex Ethernet) testing solution available in the
FTBx-88400NGE Power Blazer, EXFO’s compact 400G multiservice tester
designed for both the lab and the field users. A complete 400G Ethernet
client signal is embedded in a 4 x 100G FlexE group, demonstrating the
solution’s ability to test FlexE bounding, sub-rating and
channelization. Proven interoperability with an industry-leading
transceiver vendor and an FPGA design platform reflects EXFO’s
commitment to bring solutions that network equipment manufacturers
(NEMs), communications service providers (CSPs), data centers and other
innovators need to drive and optimize their high speed networks.” – Jean-Marie
Vilain, high-speed product manager, EXFO

“As an industry leader, Finisar is proud to participate in two very
exciting collaborative demonstrations in the Ethernet Alliance booth at
OFC 2018. Together with industry partners Exfo, Keysight, Spirent and
Xilinx, the first demonstration showcases Finisar’s 400G CFP8 modules
and also Finisar’s suite of extended reach 100G QSFP28 modules based on
the 4WDM MSA including ER4f (40km), eLR4 (20km), and eCWDM4 (10km). This
demonstration highlights the benefits of FlexE by combining bonded
100GbE streams into unified 400GbE streams. During this demonstration
two separate FlexE links will be established between the EA booth, OIF
and Xilinx booths. The second demonstration, in conjunction with Xilinx,
Molex, and Alibaba consists of Finisar’s SFP-DD Active Optical Cable.
SFP-DD is a new high density form factor that supports two 50G PAM4 high
speed electrical interfaces.” – Mark Ives, director, product line
manager, Finisar

“Following an unprecedented pace of evolution, Ethernet is set for
deployment in the next generation of networks, as well as be introduced
into a diverse array of new application spaces, such as 5G, whose
bandwidth intensive- services will pose a daunting challenge for network
operators. Huawei is an ardent supporter of the Ethernet Alliance, and
will be a proud participant in the Ethernet Alliance 2018
OFC demonstration. This demonstration signals to the broad industry the
readiness of these Ethernet standards and products for deployment.” – Jeffrey
Gao, president, router and carrier Ethernet product line, Huawei

“Keysight and Ixia Solutions Group are proud to participate in Ethernet
Alliance’s 400GE interoperability demonstrations with QSFP-DD and CFP8
interface technologies at OFC 2018. This year’s demonstrations truly
reflect the evolution of the 400GE ecosystem beyond concept to full
featured products. Joining with other industry-leading companies
showcasing 400GE networking, cables, optics and test tools, we are
pleased to demonstrate field proven, high speed networking test
products.” – Mark Pierpoint, president, Ixia Solutions Group,
Keysight Technologies, Inc.

“As our heritage is rooted in innovating standards across all facets of
networking, our partnership with Ethernet Alliance has been, and
continues to be, critical to making this innovation a reality through
efforts to organize tests and interoperate across different vendor
platforms. By doing this, we are ensuring new technologies are ready for
wide adoption. At OFC 2018, Juniper Networks will demonstrate its
ongoing commitment to open standards by showcasing IEEE
802.3bs-compliant 400GE connectivity with the Ethernet Alliance.

This demonstration will allow visitors to have an up-close look at the
strides in Ethernet performance. We are also participating in IP/MPLS
protocol stack demonstrations to illustrate how Juniper Networks’ MX
portfolio continues to lead in interoperability working alongside other
vendor solutions.” – Donyel Jones-Williams, director, service
provider marketing, Juniper Networks

“Molex proudly supports the Ethernet Alliance and its mission to advance
Ethernet technologies. Building and sustaining the pipeline of
interoperable interconnect solutions is absolutely critical to support
the development of next generation advances in high-density, high-speed
networking solutions.” – Scott Sommers, group product manager, Molex;
co-chair, QSFP-DD MSA; chair, SFP-DD MSA

“Nexans Data Center Solutions is pleased to participate with the
Ethernet Alliance again this year. The Ethernet protocol has
demonstrated its worth many times over due to its flexibility and
scalability. Nexans’ “Own the Link” approach allows users to take full
advantage of this flexibility and scalability by combining these various
standard approaches with various cabling and connectivity options to
develop an optimized physical layer connection. At the booth, we will
have pluggable transceivers, AOC’s, and DAC’s along with fiber optic
cabling – the complete physical layer.” – Eric Lawrence, vice
president, Nexans Data Center Solutions NA

“Source Photonics is proud to take part in the high data rate technology
demonstration of the Ethernet Alliance at OFC 2018. As an industry
leader in small form factor high-speed optical transceivers, we will
showcase the 400G LR8 optical transceiver in the QSFP-DD form factor.
This engineering achievement will enable the industry to migrate to a
higher networking speed in the optical domain.” – Ed Ulrichs, product
line manager, high-speed products, Source Photonics

“Bandwidth requirements are increasing to meet the needs of an
ever-expanding subscriber base and popular services such as
video-on-demand and social media. The emerging 400GbE market will enable
connectivity to next-generation switches and routers, high-density cloud
data centers, and service provider devices and applications. In this
demonstration with the Ethernet Alliance, Spirent will showcase its
leadership in testing 400-Gigabit Ethernet. Spirent has the most
flexible, highest density, and highest performance 400GbE test modules
supporting multiple form factors to ensure network interoperability,
performance, and availability.” – Abhitesh Kastuar, general
manager, cloud & IP business unit, Spirent Communications

“As a founding principal member of the Ethernet Alliance, TE
Connectivity (TE) is proud to participate in the Ethernet Alliance
interoperability demonstrations at OFC. The Ethernet Alliance provides
an unbiased, industry-based perspective on current and future Ethernet
technology. TE is at the forefront of enabling these systems and
networks with high-speed interconnects. TE’s high-speed I/O
(Input/Output) and backplane connectors, cables, and high efficiency
power delivery interconnects provide the vital foundation that the
Ethernet ecosystem is built upon. From simplistic connections up to 400
Gbps, TE is excited to display the essential inter-connections that can
enable the next generations of Ethernet.” – Nathan Tracy,
technologist and manager of industry standards, TE Connectivity

“We’re witnessing new challenges to the Ethernet ecosystem with respect
to effective Test and Measurement tools and practices. The ratification
and adoption of new specifications for 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet
interconnects marks a fundamental change in signaling technology.

New storage protocols, like NVMe over Fabrics, enable Ethernet to offer
near lossless data transfer and allow for more seamless integration of
both local and remote storage appliances.

This year’s interoperability demonstration signals the readiness of
market and technology participants to meet the challenges with timely
and cost effective solutions. For Test and Measurement, the Teledyne
LeCroy SierraNet products fulfill a critical requirement towards
achieving rapid and successful deployment of specification and market
compliant goods and services.” – David J. Rodgers, senior product
marketing manager, Teledyne LeCroy, Inc.

“FlexEthernet (FlexE) is becoming a key requirement of Network operators
to deliver the flexibility, reliability, and new services required to
support the next generation network evolution in NFV, 5G Slicing, and
end-to-end bandwidth allocation. Xilinx is excited to enable the
multi-vendor FlexE interoperability demonstration by providing our FlexE
solution on the VCU140 platform using a Virtex® Ultrascale™ VU9P
device.” – Farhad Shafai, vice president, communications markets,


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