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Martin Nuss, CTO, Vitesse Semiconductor
APR 23, 2014 04:01 AM
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Over 1.4 zettabytes. That’s Cisco’s projection for annual global IP traffic by the end of 2017. This translates to 120.6 exabytes per month, a more than 4x increase in the past five years, and an expected 3x increase over the next five years. If you think that this doesn’t impact you, you should take a closer look. You, your company, even your household are all contributors to this explosive traffic growth.

How, you ask? Largely through public and private sector demand for mobile and cloud networking services, two of the most significant trends impacting the communications industry today.

And what’s Ethernet got to do with it? Everything, as it turns out, when it comes to packet-based IP networks. No doubt Ethernet has come a long way in the 40+ years since its inception as an inexpensive local area network (LAN) technology. It continues to fundamentally impact the way we think about networking and communications systems globally. Today, Ethernet is the de facto backbone in most of the world’s wide area networks (WANs) that deliver voice, video and Internet traffic.

Ethernet’s versatility, low cost and high performance have made it the medium of choice nearly everywhere, ranging from Carriers and Enterprises to various emerging applications, such as video transport and storage area networks. We’re even starting to see that these same elements make Ethernet the upgrade path of choice to replace the non-standard, legacy protocols which prevail in industrial Internet of Things (IoT) networks, including government, transportation, utility and other ruggedized environments.

Here in “NGN Insights,” we’ll focus on specifically Ethernet networking, especially as it relates across industries and applications ranging from Carrier infrastructure and Enterprise datacenters to the ever expanding industrial IoT.

As background, our company is what you might call a transition specialist – originally founded in 1984, Vitesse engineers and architects were an integral part of communications network evolution to SONET/SDH. As packet-based Ethernet supplanted these legacy protocols, so too, did Vitesse help to spearhead that technology adoption. And now in the era of “Carrier Ethernet,” our Ethernet experts again lead the charge to help communications networks evolve to meet new challenges.

As Chief Technical Officer at Vitesse, I’ve lived and breathed communications networking, from the systems to the component level, for over 20 years. During that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to develop a particular expertise in Ethernet technology, including timing and synchronization for public and private communications networks. My colleague, Uday Mudoi, is also well steeped in communications and semiconductors, bringing a unique perspective about communications networking, bred by years of experience, to the table.

So we look forward to sharing our Ethernet experiences with you and offering what suggestions we can. Ultimately, our goal is to smooth your network transition and help companies like yours pave the way for next-gen applications and services demanded in networks of all kinds.

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