Ethernet Alliance Appoints Force10 Networks CTO Executive to Its Board of Directors

Chief Ethernet Evangelist John D'Ambrosia to help lead global community

Dec 14, 2010, 11:00 ET from Force10 Networks, Inc.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Force10 Networks, Inc., a global technology leader that data center, service provider and enterprise customers rely on when the network is their business, today announced John D'Ambrosia, chief Ethernet evangelist of its CTO Office, has been appointed to the Ethernet Alliance (EA) board of directors.


D'Ambrosia has been active in the development of Ethernet-related technology and the standards surrounding the protocol since 1999. Since co-founding the Ethernet Alliance in 2006, D'Ambrosia has held EA leadership positions, including director, secretary and business development manager, to help drive initiatives concerning the development, testing and support of solutions that rely on Ethernet technology.

"Ethernet technology holds an exciting position today as a widely accepted, de-facto protocol for networking yet it still offers tremendous promise for continued innovation in the future," said D'Ambrosia. "The Ethernet Alliance has played a key role in this innovation by helping to establish Ethernet standards bodies and testing practices. In my new role, I look forward to making contributions to the advancements in Ethernet that enable greater network efficiency, flexibility and cost effectiveness for both developers and end users."

Currently, D'Ambrosia is the acting chairman for the IEEE 802.3 100Gb/s Ethernet Electrical Backplane and Twinaxial Copper Cable Assemblies Study Group. He also served as the chair of the IEEE P802.3ba Task Force, which developed the standard for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet.  D'Ambrosia also held the position of secretary for the IEEE 802.3ap Backplane Ethernet Task Force and participated in the development of XAUI for 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

About Force10 Networks

Force10 Networks is a global technology leader that data center, service provider and enterprise customers rely on when the network is their business. The company's high performance Ethernet switching and routing solutions virtualize and automate Ethernet networks to deliver new and distinct economic advantages by increasing network availability, agility and efficiency while reducing power and cooling costs. Force10 provides 24x7 service and support capabilities to its global customer base in more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information on Force10 Networks, please visit

About Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is a global community of Ethernet end users, system and component vendors, industry experts and university and government professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion of Ethernet. The Ethernet Alliance brings Ethernet standards to life by supporting activities that span from incubation to interoperability. For more information, visit Individuals who would like to receive updates on Ethernet Alliance news, activities and events may sign up for the Ethernet Alliance newsletter at

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