Network Dictionary – Whitebrand Ethernet


Whitebrand is a term used to describe a type of Ethernet switch that is a whitebox or generic manufacture but sold by a known IT brand. Juniper OCX1100, HP Open Network Switches are example. White-Box Switching + Vendor Branding = Whitebrand switching.  The other term used is “britebox” but this sounds like dishwashing liquid or something you […]

Cloud Ethernet Forum – Because Ethernet needs to look like Frame Relay

Where do you want Ethernet ? Everywhere apparently.

I’m at a conference about “Cloud Ethernet Forum” and subsidiary operation of the Metro Ethernet Forum that seems to want to invent a new Ethernet. The fundamental premise of the is that customers need/want/demand/must have more Ethernet in the WAN.

Why ? Because Ethernet is better for data centre managers.

Response: Reinventing storage – Ethernet über alles! | Speaking of Clouds

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Holy schmoly, someone in the storage industry did something new. Geoff Arnold from Speaking in Clouds writes: Yesterday Seagate introduced its Kinetic Open Storage Platform, and I’m simply blown away by it. It’s a truly elegant design, “as simple as possible, but no simpler”. The physical interconnect to the disk drive is now Ethernet. The interface […]

Response: IEEE 400 Gb/s Ethernet Study Group

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Surprising. The IEEE are just starting on 400 GbE.  Given that the 40Gb and 100GbE standards took seven years to complete this is lousy delivery from the standards body that is fundamental to networking. The current research indicates that 100GbE will be widely deployed by 2017. Starting 400GbE now is at least three years too […]

Internets of Interest for 1st April 2013


I’ve been very busy lately with several large analyst/research writing projects so less links than usual this week. It will be sometime before I return to a more regular blogging schedule. You should check out Packet Pushers in the next few days where we will be launching a new feature – we are writing our own […]