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Cisco Claims 100G Ethernet Router Meets 802.3ba Standard

Cisco has confirmed that its 100G Ethernet router, currently undergoing trials at AT&T, is compliant with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3ba standard set for high-speed Ethernet servers.

Announcing the ratification of the standard, John D'Ambrosia, the head of IEEE's 802.3ba Task Force, had said that companies developing products before a standard had been fully approved were taking a huge risk.

Cisco has, however, insisted that the new 100G Ethernet server currently being tested is fully compliant with the newly announced standard, and will soon see a commercial release.

In a email statement to Network World (opens in new tab), a Cisco representative said: “Cisco is well represented in this effort and contributing to its development. Our engineering team closely tracked its ratification and has been building a standards-compliant implementation that does not compromise in performance.”

Cisco rival Juniper has also said that it will be releasing its own range of standards-complaint 100G Ethernet servers in the coming weeks.