Friday, September 25, 2009


Flash!!! Global Crossing discovers Ethernet

I was going to leave a comment on the Global Crossing blog posting entitled The Safe Bet Seems to be Ethernet, but that blog's comments are temporarily disabled.

The post's author, Jeff Smith, Global Crossing's Senior Director Infrastructure Services EMEA (EMEA means Europe, the Middle East and Asia, a medium-sized market just north of The Bronx) writes,
Currently Ethernet is rapidly becoming the primary communications technology of choice for organisations of all sizes in the UK – and it makes complete sense. Most businesses already have Ethernet Local Area Networks (LAN)
It's 2009. I've been saying the same thing since 1998. In 2002 I wrote:
Today networks are losing their mystery -- we've solved the last hundred-foot problem with wired and wireless Ethernet. The next mile won't be so hard either -- technologically speaking. The entire network will become as simple as a LAN. Ethernet will be the any-distance protocol. Customers will connect their own networks to the competitive, networked, global economy.
For a telco, a decade late isn't bad. It beats never.

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"a safe bet" .. as opposed to what, exactly? TokenRing? I mean this "bet" was decided by 1994 with the widespread deployment of cheap ethernet switches.

Good example of why telcos should never be allowed to dictate technology policy. Ever.
As the author I am realising the lack of 'history' included probably makes this blog seem like we've only just discovered Ethernet - however, like yourselves I have long been involved in Ethernet developments both in Australasia and EMEA. In fact in 2002 in the UK we had launched a National EoSDH offering and followed this up in 2003 with an EoRPR packet based, Pt-Mtpt/Mtpt capability - not laggards in any sense of the word - in fact I remember the challenges we had in trying to convince some of our equipment vendors that this was a good idea! (Probably because they weren't doing too well with ATM at the time!) What couldn't be done back in 2002, in a cost effective manner, was offer a true Carrier Class Ethernet service across multiple regions with multiple Class of Services enabled...
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