I’m currently in Santa Clara, CA, at the Next Generation Ethernet Data Center -Technology Exploration Forum (TEF), being hosted by the Ethernet Alliance. There has been a lot of attention on Data Centers over the last few years, with most of the emphasis on power and cooling, though more recently protocol convergence is increasingly the topic of conversation. Growth trends continue to be worrying, leading to the need for strategic planning. Building the mega-Data Centers of today have been a “learn as you grow” process, with little time for planning ahead. TEF’s are a great way of pausing to reflect on the subject matter. Today we are openly discussing where we are at on the growth curve, what has gone well and not so well, surprise lessons learned, and how to meet future demand. Sessions include Higher Speed Ethernet, IO Virtualization, Unprecedented Growth, Low Latency Ethernet, Cloud Computing, Convergence, and End Users.
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