Mainstream Cloud Networking with Flexible Ethernet
Networking vendors have long touted distinct routers and switches with different LAN and WAN interfaces. Remember IBM Token Ring versus Ethernet? Or ATM or Sonet versus Ethernet or more recently Fibre Channel SANs versus Ethernet? Ethernet truly addresses the present state and next generation of networking, usually obsoleting the alternatives. Ethernet has proven its evolution and elasticity over four decades. Arista, together with an ecosystem of partners including Broadcom, Google and Microsoft, founded the 25GbE and 50GbE Consortium to ensure Ethernet flexibility for multiple speeds. These range from 1/10GbE to 40/100GbE today and there are even future plans for 400GbE and Terabit Ethernet with the same frame format!
Indeed I am left wondering whether we ever need another “Ethernot” technology for mainstream cloud networking? I think not.
As the deployment of workloads and volume of workflows …