The notion of putting more metrics in place to measure network equipment seems well founded. These vendors have lagging behind computer manufacturers in making their products energy efficient. However, the ECR faces a few challenges. The consortium claims to be open, but the testing of the energy products is slated to take place at Ixiaï¿¼s office, and the release touted the energy efficiency of the Juniper T1600 core router. Competitors may be skeptical about the consortiumï¿¼s ability to provide a level playing field when evaluating different productsï¿¼ efficiency.
Also, other networking vendors have recently been tackling green challenges. D-Link is one supplier touting its energy features. Standards groups are also taking on this challenge. The IEEE has been working on a Green Ethernet standard, and the International Telecommunications Union has been talking about the need for more energy efficient networking products. In addition, energy centric groups, such as The Green Grid, are focused on improving energy use in IT. Juniper and Axia have identified an area of rising interest but it is unclear at this point how much of an impact their joint work will have on small and medium businesses.