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Word from EMC and others on progress of the 10-Gbit/s Ethernet-over-copper spec

January 26, 2007

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12:40 PM -- New adapters conforming to the recently approved copper-based 10-Gbit/s Ethernet spec herald the start of adoption. (See 10GBase-T Adapters Debut.) But "heralding" isn't the same as actually mobilizing.

What's needed are switches, servers, SANs, and NAS to accommodate the new adapters -- and prove the technology's viability with big storage players.

That proof may be coming in the second half of this year, according to Rahul Chopra, cofounder and VP of business development and operations at Teranetics, the chipset supplier behind 10GBase-T adapters from Chelsio and Tehuti Networks, the first out.

"We are working with all of the major players," he says. SAN vendors, he insists, especially midtier market players, are "very serious about 10-gig." Based on the activity of HBA and other key element suppliers with Teranetics, he envisions a market ramp-up in the second half of 2007.

Does that include 10-Gbit/s holdout EMC? There's no way of telling, though reading between the lines indicates that Emulex and QLogic, key adapter OEMs to EMC, may be in the Teranetics lineup. (QLogic refused comment; Emulex couldn't be reached.)We asked EMC to weigh in on company policy regarding 10-Gbit/s Ethernet in general. Up to now, the vendor's dismissed the technology as not in demand. Here's how spokeswoman Hadley Weinzierl replied:

  • At this point, 10GbE hasn't really hit its stride, mostly due to the pace at which companies are building out their 10GbE infrastructures. We have supported 10GbE since early Q4 on Celerra NSX, our high-performance IP storage platform. Celerra NSX is used by customers requiring high-performance, high-availability shared network services which are the environments that tend to be the first to deploy and build out next-generation networking technology. EMC will continue to watch this market and support customers requirements appropriately.

We'll take that as a definite sign of interest.

Mary Jander, Site Editor, Byte and Switch

  • Chelsio Communications Inc.

  • EMC Corp. (NYSE: EMC)

  • Emulex Corp. (NYSE: ELX)

  • QLogic Corp. (Nasdaq: QLGC)

  • Tehuti Networks Ltd.

  • Teranetics Inc.

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