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bbooth   6/2/2011 4:30:36 PM
I'm an IEEE'er and an engineer, and I have to agree with lcovey about cutting edge. IEEE 802.3 standards have been technology followers, borrowing from other technologies such as FDDI, fibre channel, etc or from other organizations such as the ITU, OIF, etc. Even the IEEE Std. 802.ba specification borrowed a lot from its own IEEE Std. 802.3ae. As a matter of fact, that is one of the requirements for the development of an IEEE 802.3 standards project: technical feasibility. That in itself removes the ability to be cutting edge. That's not a bad thing though because many end users like being able to know that their networking equipment is based upon "tried and true" technologies and that if multiple companies support the standard that it can also mean there will be multiple vendors to choose from. For those that want cutting edge technologies, then there are other choices and associated risks.

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lcovey   6/1/2011 9:03:20 PM
I'm not an IEEE'er. I'm not even an engineer. But I know that the IEEE doesn't set standards. It merely provides confirmation of what the engineers worldwide have already determined. Lots of companies want to control what the IEEE does, specifically to benefit their own technology, but the organization routinely shrugs off all sales department pressures and follows the dictates of the membership. As a result, nothing identified as a standard in IEEE can be considered cutting edge. That fact is what always surprises me about companies trying to influence the voting. they always like to say their stuff is the cutting edge of technology, but if it is a standard, it can't be.

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