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    What will networks look like in 20 years? - News of the Week, 5/20/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on May 20, 2016 2:26:51 PM

    Last week, I wrote about innovative data center designs. This week, some recent advances in optics and the study of light caught my attention. Fiber optic cables carrying 10Gbps are becoming standard in today's production networks, with 25, 40 and 100Gbps gaining traction. This increase in bandwidth works in tandem with advances in software control and visibility of the network right down to the physical layer, in order to play leapfrog with the ever-increasing demands of users and enterprise.

    Even in the past two years, we have seen approaches to network architecture change drastically – what will we see in the next two decades, as the technology described below makes its way out of the research lab, and into a data center near you?

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    Topics: Industry News, Optical Cross Connects, Optical Fiber

    It’s Alive! The Revival of the Data Center Optical Cross-Connect

    Posted by Bill Miller on Apr 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

    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.

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    Topics: OPX, automated cross connects, Optical Cross Connects