In an effort to help spread the word about the soon to be ratified 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps Ethernet standard, the Ethernet Alliance and N-BaseT Alliance will be holding a plugfest event at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory in Durham, New Hampshire. During the week-long event, the two consortiums will demonstrate the vendor-driven, interoperable potential of IEEE P802.3bz, the foundation for 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T networking.
Ease of deployment for the standards' new supporting hardware was also mentioned in the announcement. Since 1000BASE-T’s introduction twenty years ago, deployers of IEEE P802.3bz will be able to take advantage of the already existing 70 billion meters of Category 5e and 6 Ethernet cable and the 1.3 billion network outlets already existing out in the wild.
Next steps for the Alliances, after the standard definition and deployment, will be to spread the word about the IEEE P803.3bz standard, and the faster speeds it brings to the table. by working with vendors that are rolling out supporting 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps products.
For more information about the Base-T Plugfest, scheduled from October 10th to October 14th, go check out the Ethernet Alliance website.