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Pardon my naivete, but if people start demanding idle backup paths in 10GbE
WAN links, as are to be found in SONET rings (correct?), shouldn't the
discussion at least include a comparison of the benefits of Ethernet link
aggregation, i.e., when multiple links are all carrying Ethernet packets
between two points, and if one link goes down, the remaining links continue
to carry data.  The benefit is the full utilization of all available data
paths, with no available link sitting there idle.

Fred Weniger
Product Marketing Manager, Gigabit Products
Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation
741 Calle Plano, Camarillo, CA 93012
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