Informatics A high speed LAN hardware standard for communicating among PCs, which can link up to 1024 nodes in a bus network. See Local area network, Packet swltching. Cf Fiber distributed data interface.
It is quite fashionable to repeat stories of subscribers who receive dirt-cheap Ethernet from some new provider, but the practical reality is that you have to be one of the lucky few to be "on net" otherwise you get nothing at all.
IT staff are experienced in Ethernet, current systems interoperate with it, and with the advent of gigabit Ethernet (GbE) there is no longer a significant performance difference between Ethernet and FC.
All leading transport equipment vendors are building systems that enable Ethernet over SONET/SDH to address trends such as Ethernet private lease line services for multi-national corporations," said Steve Perna, vice president and general manager of PMC-Sierra's Optical Networking Division.