MSA standards are in place for all pluggable form factors. The MSAs specify parameters for system components and their guideline values, such as the electrical and optical interfaces, mechanical dimensions, electro-magnetic values and additional features such as digital monitoring DDI/DOM. Here the industry standard SFP-8472 is referenced. The standards also set forth a precedent for the Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (EEPROM). The EEPROM storage locations are also defined with the MSA. They include information that may be displayed to the user via a user interface or network monitoring tool such as transmitting protocol, vendor name, serial number and so on.