Ethernet Alliance keeps moving on

* Ethernet Alliance continues to make strides

The Ethernet Alliance continues to gain momentum by adding new members, promoting speakers at industry events and creating subcommittees looking at specific aspects of Ethernet technology.

The Ethernet Alliance added members Finisar, Kenet, Nexans, Plato Networks, PowerDsine, ProCurve Networking by HP, Quadrics, and the University of Toronto. This brings the industry group's total to 24 principal members, 19 participating members, 12 sustaining members and four consulting members, according to a roster on the group's Web site.

The Ethernet Alliance was launched early this year, and according to its site "is designed to be an organization that will exist as long as Ethernet does." The group has certainly done its job in recruiting members this year, and is starting to have the member list, at least, that should give it some weight in the marketplace.

The alliance recently formed technical and marketing subcommittees for 10GBase-T, the copper-based 10 Gigabit Ethernet that was standardized by the IEEE just a couple of months ago. So far, the mission of the subcommittees is to launch ad hoc groups on topics relevant to 10 Gigabit.

Meanwhile, the alliance also recently pointed out that three people representing Ethernet Alliance member companies Cisco and Force10 Networks will participate in a workshop being held by the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) called “100Gb Ethernet: The Next Challenge for Communications Systems,” to be held today in San Jose.

You may still be wondering why there's a need for an Ethernet Alliance at all, since Ethernet seems to dominate the networking landscape wherever you turn. Still, there are alternatives in some areas, and it will be interesting to see whether the expanded member roster gives the alliance any power - and to see how it exercises that power.

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