Bob Metcalfe, father of Ethernet, described how his network got its name: “I think we were either lucky, or
<br />very shrewd, that we never referred to the coax as coax — we referred to it as The Ether. We talked about

sending packets up into The Ether, and having them propagate everywhere.”

It sounds like a vision of the Internet Cloud of the future… And surely it was, for where would today’s cloud

aspirations be without Ethernet? At every link along the chain — datacenter, office network, WAN core, mobile backhaul, first mile and access — there may be alternatives, but Ethernet is the one word that appears throughout.

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