Spirent introduces 50 Gb Ethernet test system

December 23, 2015 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Spirent claims to offer the first 50 Gb/s higher speed Ethernet test system that will enable its customers to meet the growing needs of the cloud service provider (CSP) space. Further, the company has successfully completed the industry's first 50GbE interoperability test with a global leader in cloud services and infrastructure.

The 50GbE Boost test system used in the interoperability test provided full wire-rate packet generation and analysis at 50 Gb/s. The 50GbE Boost tests layer 1 to layer 3 quality and highlights error-free performance with different combinations of streams, frame lengths and rates by delivering per-port and per-stream statistics such as latency, frames out of sequence, frame counts and rates, L1 PRBS capability and layer 1 statistics to help debug physical link problems. By demonstrating this ability during the interoperability test, Spirent continues to build on its leadership in high speed Ethernet, showcased in its upcoming QUINT-speed MX3, FX3, DX3 module series for 100/50/40/25/10GbE.

"According to Dell'Oro Group 2015 data, 50 Gbps servers will represent more than 30 percent of server shipments in 2019, up from essentially zero percent today," says Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager of Spirent's Cloud and IP business. "With virtualized applications driving server performance it makes sense that access speeds are increasing from 10 to 25 and further to 50 Gbps. I believe the rapid adoption of 25G and 50G server links will drive the move to 100GbE and beyond for the uplinks from the leaf nodes to the spine nodes."

The 25G/50G Ethernet Consortium specification for Gigabit Ethernet (50GbE) benefits cloud and enterprise data center environments with high bandwidth server workloads or very low latency requirements. The 25G/50G Ethernet Consortium was formed to enable 25GE and 50GE systems and promote standardization efforts. The 50GbE specification cost-effectively increases network bandwidth to allow for cloud service providers to increase the performance and breadth of their services.

Because of the work of the 25G/50G consortium, and accelerated by the industry's work on 100GbE, the basic building blocks for 50GbE are now in place. With its new 50G Boost program, Spirent is providing a path forward for industry leaders to get their initial 50 Gigabit Ethernet products to market.