IPv6 has been the “emerging” standard for a couple years now. IPv6 was developed to replace the current IPv4 standard (what happened to IPv5?) and help to address some of the shortfalls in security and reliability with the protocol as well as to expand the available address space. It hasn’t taken the world by storm, but it is slowly spreading throughout organizations and the Internet. In recent tests, however, the IPv6 Consortium has determined that there is a learning curve that exists for network administrators to effectively implement and leverage IPv6. The protocol itself seems solid, but administrators need to know more about how and where to use it and which devices are compatible. Read IPv6 will require learning curve for network admins on Computerworld.com for more details about the test and some of the issues that were uncovered.
IEEE created the HSSG (Higher Speed Study Group) to work on developing the next generation Ethernet standard. The current standard top speed is 10Gbps. Originally, the group set out to develop a 100Gbps standard, but factions within IEEE fought for an interim 40Gbps standard as well. The battle almost scuttled the whole project as the two sides reached a stalemate and refused to work together. Computerworld reports that the two sides have more or less agreed to disagree and that work is now continuing to develop a single standard for both 40Gbps and 100Gbps ethernet. Read IEEE group settles on faster Ethernet plans for more details.
Beth Pariseau, a News Writer for SearchStorage.com, reports that Cisco and EMC have agreed to partner on encrypting SAN data, and that the two companies “announced that Cisco’s encryption keys will be compatible with EMC’s RSA Key Manager, though Cisco also plans to offer its own key management application.” For complete details of the partnership and the products that are affected or being introduced to facilitate the SAN encryption, read Beth’s article: Cisco, EMC partner on SAN encryption.
The San Jose Business Journal recently reported that Cisco CEO John Chambers had divulged Cisco’s intent to phase out the Linksys brand and market their home products as Cisco as well. A post on The Platform, the official Cisco blog site, however, refutes this. The statement on the blog post states “Linksys consumer and SMB products will continue to be marketed under the Linksys brand and co-exist in the market with Cisco branded connected home products over the near term.” It is not a complete 180 though. Their statement claims that they will market both Linksys and Cisco branded products to the home market and qualifies the timeframe as “near term”. It seems to leave the door open for phasing out the Linksys brand, but it won’t be next week.
While the Internet2 Network and IEEE pursue varying methods for maximizing network transmission speeds and increasing the bandwidth available for data on the Internet, Californian networking expert Peter Lothberg has set his mother in Sweden up with the fastest Internet connection in the world. Relying on cutting edge modulation techniques, 75 year old Sigbritt Lothberg enjoys speeds up to 40Gbps. This Washington Post article has more on the story and how this network speed was achieved.
The Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG), a working group within IEEE, has divided into factions battling it out. The original charter of the group is to explore a 100 Gbps ethernet standard. However, many members are pushing for a 40 Gbps ethernet standard to be established as well as a stepping stone to the ultimate goal.
The 100G proponents are resisting the idea, claiming that it will take their focus off of their real purpose and will impact progress toward the 100 Gbps standard. Those in favor of 40G feel that it is a logical step that is on the path toward 100G and gives the market something to deliver in the mean time.
The battle has gotten a little nasty and IEEE has directed the factions to come to a consensus and get things on track, or IEEE may possibly dissolve the working group altogether. Read Controversy threatens 100G standards work for more details.