Study Points to Ethernet Dominance

Arthur Cole

Call it The Battle of the Ethernet Studies. Barely a week after one study predicts the coming end of the Ethernet era in data center communications, we have another one saying Ethernet will take over.


Current Analysis recently offered its take on data center networking, a report entitled "One Love, One Data Center, One Network," in which it claims Ethernet is the only protocol that is agile, cost-effective and efficient enough to provide the framework for a unified data infrastructure.


Principal analyst Steven Schuchart says the adoption of the Ethernet as the basic networking format will coincide with the deployment of green technologies and virtualization in the drive to simplify the data center. He says that while Ethernet is already widely adopted and has drawn broad vendor support, rival schemes such as Fibre Channel and Infiniband are too slow or too cumbersome to make a suitable platform.


The full report is available here.

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