Business demands on the network are constantly increasing, driven by the explosion of applications, IoT, big data, and more. Even hyperscale providers like Apple, Facebook and Google are racing to stay ahead of the curve, so how can enterprise keep up? This week’s news picks present a few options and considerations.
After a decade of minimal innovation, the data center optical cross-connect market is roaring back to life.
For years, the primary users for cross-connects were carrier networks and the largest multi-tenant data centers. Now, digital transformation and the explosion of demand in enterprise and colocation data centers is driving optical cross-connect providers to create a new generation of smarter, faster and more flexible products, because tomorrow’s data centers can’t be built with yesterday’s rigid, fixed solutions.
Enterprises are re-evaluating their data center infrastructure in unprecedented numbers, as hybrid cloud makes its way into real-world applications and early adopters display the benefits of moving to more flexible SDN architectures. The ability to rapidly reconfigure a network, or recreate network scenarios under software control is essential to thoroughly test the options available from multiple vendors or provide continuous delivery where applications move from development to test to production on a daily or even more frequent basis. One key element of this fluid approach to IT is test automation and the ability to recreate network, server and storage scenarios as required.
Last week, we were delighted to exhibit at ITEXPO East 2016, where Fiber Mountain was honored with a “Best Service Provider Solution” award for our CrossCage Plus automated cross connect solution for multi-tenant colocation data centers!
You can read all about the new solution, which makes use of our layer 1 SDN switching and Glass Core infrastructure, in Jonathan Reeves’ newest blog post. You can also read coverage of the announcement here.
Cross connect in seconds instead of days or weeks:
The cost and time involved in provisioning cross connects within multi-tenant colocation data centers is one of the biggest frustrations for the businesses they serve. The standard process requires manual provisioning by on-site technicians, and takes days or even weeks to complete even when everything goes smoothly.