High-bandwidth demanding applications are driving the deployment of 40/100GbE networks worldwide. These technologies are having a significant impact on enterprises’ fiber cabling infrastructures. So, data center/facility managers and cabling design consultants should carefully examine the impact and consider a migration plan from today’s 1/10G networks to future’s 40/100G networks. The question is how to do that.

The subject of 40/100GbE migration has been the topic of many conversations. In fact, I have lectured and participated in webinars discussing this very topic, and that’s why I am co-presenting a 60-minute webinar sponsored by the Ethernet Alliance on Wednesday, March 21, 2012.

The webinar, “Ethernet 301: 40/100GbE Fiber Cabling and Migration Practices” will cover several topics including:

  • data center trends and market drivers

  • fiber cabling migrations to 40/100GbE

  • Architectures, applications and design considerations

The higher-speed Ethernet (HSE) standards (40GBASE-SR4 and 100GBASE-SR10) will require changes in the fiber cabling plant. Legacy fiber links with LC connectors from end to end will not migrate to the higher speed channels because the HSE standards rely on pre-terminated plug-and-play cabling based on the MPO connector and parallel fiber cable. Being prepared for evolutionary changes and achieving investment preservation are critical.


This webinar will help the audience gain a better understanding of the scope of and fundamental impact that 40/100GbE optical fiber cable will have. This webinar will also examine practices, realities and pitfalls to ease the migration.

The webinar begin at 8 a.m. PDT. If you miss first one, not to worry. There will be another at 4 p.m. PDT. To register for the webinar, please click here. I hope that you will participate because I am confident you’ll come away with a new understanding and appreciation for 40/100GbE technologies and the migration path to the corresponding networks.

Do you have any questions for me, prior to the webinar?


About the Author

Frank Yang

Frank Yang is manager, Market Strategy Development, for the ISP Fiber business unit of CommScope. Frank leads the market strategy development for data center, central office and enterprise campus markets. Prior to CommScope, Yang worked at Dell and was responsible for server hardware development. He serves as Marketing Chair for Next Generation Enterprise Cabling Subcommittee of Ethernet Alliance. He received a Master of Electrical Engineering from Texas Tech University, and has several patents, articles, white papers and publications under his name. Frank is a frequent speaker at various global and national level opportunities, for example, Data Center Summit, Ethernet Technology Summit, OFC conference, the Ethernet Alliance’s Technology Exploration Forum, Cable Installation and Maintenance (CI&M) Webinars, BICSI conference, etc. Frank holds CloudU, Cisco Certified Network Design Professional (CCDP) and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certificates.

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2 comments for "40/100GbE Fiber Cabling And Migration Practices—An Ethernet Alliance Webinar"

I missed the webinar and was hoping to find a recorded version on the Ethernet Alliance site. If it is available as a recorded session can you share the link?

Frank Yang

Jerry, The recording link is here http://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/6205/44341 Frank

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