John D’Ambrosia, Chief Ethernet Evangelist in the CTO Office at Dell (he came onboard when Dell bought Force10), is a founder of the Ethernet Alliance and currently serving as its chairman. Network World Editor in Chief John Dix recently caught up with D’Ambrosia for an update on the Alliance and Ethernet advances.
Give us a top top-level view of the Ethernet Alliance.
The Ethernet Alliance is a different type of Ethernet organization in the sense that, if you look at prior alliances, such as the Fast Ethernet Alliance, the Gigabit Ethernet Alliance, the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance, they were always put together in conjunction with the introduction of a new speed. The Ethernet Alliance is an ongoing umbrella organization that covers all of the Ethernet projects, not just speed jumps.