It’s a connected world

Sep 19 2013, 19:30 IST
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SummaryEthernet, a popular networking technology, provides the high speed connections that power the internet

Several decades ago, who would have believed if someone said that every product, identity or device will have an IP address and communication capability that will link to other devices and services via the world wide web. Whereas today, you can’t imagine a day in your life without the internet.

Rewind your life by a few years and think back to how you stored your data; you’ll probably see yourself coming out of a cyber cafe with a floppy disc or at best, a CD. Juxtapose this to today’s scenario where you are digitally available anywhere, anytime. All this has been possible thanks to the cables, links and protocols networks which reach our homes, around the globe. Ethernet has become the most dominant of these networking protocols enabling everything —whether it is aiding businesses to function and communicate across locations, doctors to collaborate around the world, or universities to share research data; Ethernet provides the underlying high speed backbone connections that power the internet.

Robert Metcalf’s sketch of the original Ethernet concept in an internal memo in 1973 may not receive the fanfare of a Benjamin Franklin kite, or an Isaac Newton apple, but there is no denying that Ethernet has changed our lives completely. From the way we push data, to the way we serve it on our devices or save information over cloud, Ethernet has completely changed the way we communicate. What started as a simple solution to connect a small network of computers together; is now the networking layer and protocol of choice for both local area networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs).

Today, the most popular networking technology connects the far corners of the world, bringing us all closer than ever before. In fact, it is actively moving societies to a new level of inter-connectedness. The global internet population now represents 2.1 billion people, and with every website browsed, status shared, and photo uploaded; we leave a digital stream that continually surges. And these numbers don’t seem to cease their upward traction.

Due to the consistent interoperability and scalability enabled by Ethernet, the internet has produced unique approaches to businesses and lifestyles such as international e-commerce, information sharing and community operations. Today, the e-commerce market is ever expanding and is at $30 billion in 2013 according to Gartner predictions. Consumers spend nearly $272,070 every minute on online shopping. Digital experience of this stature has redefined lifestyles; people around

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