UNH-IOL's Consortia Enhance Network Efficiency for Enterprises

Laboratory Offers Insight at Ethernet Technology Summit and Extends Ethernet Test Bed

Durham, N.H.,  – The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), an independent provider of broad-based testing and standards conformance services for the networking industry, today announced its continued leadership in testing new and evolving Ethernet technologies that improve network efficiency for large enterprises, as demonstrated through participation in the Ethernet Technology Summit and expansion of the lab’s 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet testing capabilities.  By sharing first-hand experience with Ethernet testing at various industry forums and collaborating with members in the lab’s 32,000 square-foot facility, the UNH-IOL is helping to bring a broad range of innovative Ethernet and Ethernet-supported products to market.

At the Ethernet Technology Summit in San Jose, California, Peter Scruton, Ethernet and iSCSI manager for the UNH-IOL, will participate on the panel, “Continuing Role of Ethernet in Storage.”  Mr. Scruton’s presentation, “Advantages and Testing Considerations of a Converged DCB Network,” will focus specifically on the benefits of integrating storage network fabrics such as iSCSI and FCoE onto a typical Ethernet network using Data Center Bridging (DCB).  DCB enables convergence of multiple network fabrics into a single, enhanced lossless Ethernet network.  Mr. Scruton’s presentation will address how data center operators and enterprises lower overhead expenses required for day-to-day operations, minimize costs of data center cooling, reduce the amount of energy consumed, and free-up time of the technical staff by installing DCB-enabled products.

At the forefront of evolving Ethernet technologies, the UNH-IOL has expanded the testing capabilities of its 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium with addition of a 40 Gigabit Ethernet testing platform, donated by Ixia.  Member companies, which include test system, network equipment manufacturers, development system, transceiver and active and passive cable vendors, now have full-time access to Ixia’s platform, along with a growing test bed of devices and cabling infrastructure.  Members of the 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium cost-effectively test the conformance of their products to the 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet standard, as well as the interoperability of their devices with other members, in a neutral, multi-vendor environment. 

“Cloud computing, server virtualization and bandwidth-intensive multimedia applications are just some of the trends driving the demand for the high-speed connectivity and reliable network performance that 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet provide,” said Michael Githens, Lab Program manager at Ixia.  “The resources available to members of the UNH-IOL’s 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, which includes our 40 Gigabit Ethernet testing platform, accelerate deployment of 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet devices and help push industry adoption of the technology forward.”

The UNH-IOL collaborative testing model distributes the cost of performing trusted, independent testing and validation through an annual membership.  For more information on becoming a member of the 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium at the UNH-IOL please visit http://www.iol.unh.edu/services/testing/ethernet/ and for more information on the lab’s Data Storage consortiums please visit http://www.iol.unh.edu/services/testing/.

About the UNH-IOL

Founded in 1988, the UNH-IOL provides independent, broad-based interoperability and standards conformance testing for data, telecommunications and storage networking products and technologies.  Combining extensive staff experience, standards bodies participation and a 32,000+ square foot facility, the UNH-IOL helps companies efficiently and cost effectively deliver products to the market. For more information, visit http://www.iol.unh.edu/, or connect with the UNH-IOL on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/UNHIOL, on Twitter at @UNH_IOL and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/company/unh-interoperability-lab.

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