New vice-chair of LAN standards group from HP

HP (Hewlett-Packard) has announced that Paul Congdon, chief architect of HP ProCurve Networking, was elected vice-chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, (IEEE) 802.1 Higher Layer LAN Protocols Working Group, at last week's IEEE 802 Plenary Session in Orlando.

According to HP, the 802.1 Working Group develops standards and recommended practices in 802 LAN/MAN architecture, internet working among 802 LANs, MANs and other wide area networks, 802 Link Security, 802 overall network management, and protocol layers above the Media Access Control (MAC) & Logical Link Control (LLC) layers.

The company says the further development of these standards will better enable enterprise LAN interoperability, and encourage standards-based product development.

"The tremendous growth of ICT and networking technologies in recent years is largely due to the consensus-based work of international standards bodies," says Congdon. "Extending the complete benefits of these benchmarks to people and businesses requires a consistent commitment by networking companies to open, standards-based innovation."

HP notes that Congdon has developed and standardized technologies such as Systems Network Architecture (SNA), X.25, Fibre Distributed Data Interface (FDDI), Ethernet, Layer 2/3/4 Switches, Wireless LANs, Virtual LANs, Link Aggregation, Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) and Access Security Protocols including IEEE 802.1X. He currently holds six patents in various network technologies.

The company says that, as chief architect for the HP ProCurve Networking Business, Congdon is responsible for specifying, architecting and designing network infrastructure products and software. Congdon started with HP 18 years ago as a software development engineer responsible for the development of networking.

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