The Ethernet Alliance launched a certification program to assist end users and designers of IEEE 802 Ethernet equipment with their purchasing decisions. The program is designed to standardize test suites to clearly identify the testing criteria to which a particular Ethernet solution has been certified. The certification program is separate from other internal or external interoperability activities conducted in the Ethernet Alliance. Companies that successfully pass the identified test criteria will be awarded an Ethernet Alliance Certification stamp with an assigned nomenclature to identify which test suite was completed.
“We have consistently heard requests from inside and outside the organization to establish a certification program that would assist buyers and users of Ethernet equipment,” says Brad Booth, chair of the Ethernet Alliance. “As IEEE 802 Ethernet technologies have expanded and evolved in both scope and complexity, it is imperative that, in addition to our current incubation and interoperability activities, the Ethernet Alliance offer ways to develop and simplify testing criteria. The goal of the certification program is to help streamline the customers’ procurement processes.”