Our partner Xena Networks has joined the 25G Ethernet Consortium – an open organisation consisting of leading cloud networking technology providers seeking to improve performance between server Network Interface Controllers (NIC) and Top-of-Rack (ToR) switches while reducing the interconnect cost per Gbps.

As server performance continues to improve, many companies can see the advantages of implementing 100 Gbps uplinks to the backbone layer to alleviate bottlenecks. As a result, boosting the access speed from 10G to 25G and 50G makes sense for service providers and enterprise – both financially and in terms of productivity ahead of the 400Gbps standard.


Ethernet Consortium Xena 25G Ethernet


The specification adopted by the Consortium prescribes a single-lane 25G Ethernet and dual-lane 50 Gbps Ethernet link protocol. Compared with current 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps Ethernet links, this boosts performance per physical lane or twinax copper wire by 250% between the rack endpoint and switch.

The new specification is being made available royalty-free by the Consortium members to any data centre ecosystem vendor or consumer who joins the Consortium.

Xena Networks’ Ethernet Traffic Generation solutions are available from and supported by Phoenix Datacom Limited in the UK.

Telecommunications Carriers, Network Equipment Manufacturers and large Enterprises rely on Xena Ethernet Traffic Generation solutions to help install and validate new network links, stress test new network equipment against strict specifications and to verify new software and firmware updates to existing network equipment.

Core Xena solutions include:

XenaCompact – 10Mbps-100Gbps Ethernet traffic generation for stress & functional testing of Ethernet networks and devices

XenaAppliance – compact all-in-one Layer 2-7 test unit offers end-to-end testing of network appliances such as switches, firewalls, routers, NAT routers, proxies, load-balancers and bandwidth shapers

XenaScale – fully scalable Layer 4-7 test platform that generates Stateful TCP traffic load generation with 24 million TCP connections to test and validate switches, firewalls, routers, NAT routers, proxies, load-balancers and bandwidth shapers.