Datacenters as data continues to grow are becoming more important as ever, and making sure they push ahead with speed and efficiency is very important. On Wednesday, Microsoft and Google formed the Ethernet Consortium For Datacenter Networks to make sure this happens.
The announcement marks Microsoft, Google, and three other tech giants coming together for the common good. This new consortium makes sure that specifications are put together in the future, mainly for the 25 Gigabit Ethernet and 50 Gigabit Ethernet standards for datacenters ahead.
Why Form This Consortium?
Datacenters from Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft will need to access cloud data faster and faster, and will need high speed connections to do this. By forming a 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium and 50 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium, companies like Microsoft, Google, Artista Networks, Broadcom, and Mellanox Technologies can make this happen.
With the expansion of data going from local servers to the cloud, the specifications can be set forward in a royalty free environment for these companies to work together versus being at each other. A single-lane 25-Gbps Ethernet and dual-lane 50-Gbps Ethernet link protocol will only help datacenters grow and build data for everyone.
Maximizing Efficiency Together
The group of five companies, including Microsoft stated that this set of open specifications will help maximize radix and bandwidth flexibility in their data center networks. It helps them leverage current technology, and build for the next years of heavy data usage in these large scale datacenters. All of these companies use heavy amounts of data as many know.
Many say that by these companies banding together, we could even see a 100 Gbps type connection in datacenters in the future. With ever-increasing server performance and uplinks that help transport this much data, speed is crucial. These new specifications are expected to be put together in the next 18 months, and used in datacenters around the world. Microsoft’s Azure is surely one of them that will benefit from this growth. When consumers will see it in their connections is unknown, but enterprise customers will surely see it in their cloud data transfer speeds.
Microsoft did good here. They teamed up to build datacenters to grow, and not against each other, as they have in the past.