100G Ethernet and beyond: preparing for the exabyte Internet

100G Ethernet and beyond: preparing for the exabyte Internet, is the latest report from JISC’s Technology and Standards Watch service (JISC TechWatch).

In the report, network managers and educational institutions are urged to plan ahead and consider long-term network capacity as statistics show Internet traffic doubling every year. It also explains the background and technical development to the next upgrade of the thirty-year old Ethernet family of networking standards which will be formalised in 2010.

Paul Anderson, technical editor from JISC TechWatch, explains why the report was
commissioned:

“We look towards the next five to ten years and anticipate developments in
technologies that might have an impact on colleges and universities. “We look towards the
next five to ten years and anticipate developments in technologies that might have an
impact on colleges and universities”

“This change in standards has been driven by the massive uptake in new Web technologies
such as video-on-demand and, in the case of universities, a deluge in new, experimental
research data and applications.

“The study discusses the technical debates and developments surrounding plans to move to ahigher speed form of networking and explains how this is required to help cope with therelentless growth in Internet traffic.”

Read the full report at
http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/services/techwatch/reports/horizonscanning/hs0901

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