Ethernet Roadmap 2016 - All Graphics

Written by Meena. Posted in IT & Networking Blog

Recently, the IEEE 802.3 committee published the 2016 version of the Ethernet Roadmap that highlights the slow progress of new Ethernet standards. It good to get some visibility here so that it can be included in your own design strategy.

The 2016 Ethernet Roadmap shows the latest developments in Ethernet and contains historical information as well as estimates for when future speeds may become available. The roadmap shows new technologies such as Flexible Ethernet (FlexE), new optical modules and 4-Pair PoE. Ethernet nomenclature is also explained and the Ethernet Ecosystem of consumer, residential, enterprise, campus, hyper-scale data center and service providers is revealed. The map is beautifully drawn and packed full of information.

Front of Map


Back of Map


I think most network engineers and designers should keep a copy of this document in their favourite document storage system for reference but keep in mind that the IEEE 802.3 committee is slow, unpredictable and prone to endless delays. Add that into your planning.


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Hyperscale Quadrant Graphics

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Campus Graphics

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Residential Graphics

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Hyperscale Datacenter

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Featuerd ARP Working

Featured NAT PAT Configuration

Campus Quadrant

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Residential Quadrant

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Service Provider Quadrant

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Service Provider Graphics

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Graphics of Road

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Future Speeds

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Graphs with Bottom Legend

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(Note: All above images have been extracted from Scott Kipp's presentations for Ethernet Alliance )




This article is written & published by Ms. Meena, Senior Manager - IT, at Luminis Consulting Services Pvt Ltd, India. She can be reached at Email:  and/or Linkedin: 



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