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Ethernet Europe: Strong 'n' Hot

11:30 AM -- LONDON -- Ethernet Europe 2010 -- Several hundred of Europe and Asia/Pacific's finest descended on the Marriott Grosvenor Square hotel here today for the opening of this year's European Carrier Ethernet event, and found an agenda packed with service provider goodness, and coffee so strong that folk are almost jogging around the tabletop displays. (See Ethernet Europe: Equinix Opens Ethernet Exchange Doors .)

The carrier presentations are showing just how far the service providers have progressed with their Ethernet offerings. Only a few years ago the discussions centered around the need for OA&M (operations, administration, and maintenance) specifications and for standardized ways to interconnect, as well as debates over various network technology options.

Now, with many new management specs pinned down by the MEF and two Ethernet exchanges up and running, much of the podium talk this morning was about how to tackle latency for the most demanding financial services users, and the impact that demand for cloud services is having on data center Ethernet connectivity.

As the event's host, Heavy Reading senior analyst Stan Hubbard, noted, the carrier Ethernet market has matured dramatically in the past year or so, to the point where operators are now delving "into the long grass" to make presentations on very specific operational issues.

On the other side of the long grass is the Day One cocktail hour -- look out for our show floor photo essay that (we hope) will show how Ethernet community beer-swigging techniques have also matured during the past few years.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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