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 late.
Not good for the networking industry.
PS: I’m sensitive to how hard this technology will be develop given that the materials science, technology, cabling and components just are not available. But starting late in 2013 doesn’t seem the right way to promote a market, build research and promote vendor investment. It usually takes five years for hardware to move through the cycle.
Why aren’t networking vendor CEO’s intervening to improve the IEEE and get something delivered on a reasonable timeframe ?