Fields of Fiber

    Power Plants, Wedding Dresses & Digital Transformation – News of the week, 9/9/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Sep 9, 2016 10:15:05 AM

    I focus a lot on data centers and networks and the IT pros who work directly with them, but the reason digital transformation is such a pervasive topic is that it is applicable to literally every kind of business.

    My first two articles today look at Tacoma Power and David’s Bridal – not names you would usually expect to see featured in a data center and networking news roundup! And yet, these two stories illustrate the point of digital transformation – that a successful implementation means the entire organization benefits from improved agility, resilience and efficiency.

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    Topics: digital transformation, Disaster Recovery, OPX

    DOWN is a four-letter word - News of the Week, 8/12/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Aug 12, 2016 12:40:56 PM

    One of my colleagues likes to say that “DOWN is a four-letter word.” Delta provided an object lesson of that concept earlier this week, only a month after a similar outage at Southwest Airlines. Ensuring uptime is a multifaceted challenge, including security against intentional threats, policies and procedures to prevent unintentional damage, redundancies to mitigate the impact of equipment failures or programming glitches and disaster recovery planning to get back up and running ASAP when something gets past all of your preventive measures.

    Glass Core can be a part of the solution, but since this is my weekly news roundup, I’ll start with sharing a few relevant articles:

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    Topics: Disaster Recovery, Industry News, OPX

    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

    OPX – Taking Test Automation to a New Level

    Posted by Jonathan Reeves on Feb 22, 2016 2:00:00 PM

    dreamstime_40626024_edit.jpgEnterprises 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.

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    Topics: OPX, automated cross connects

    The Internet of the Future? News of the Week, 2/12/16

    Posted by Anthea Strezze on Feb 12, 2016 10:06:40 AM

    Is it just me, or does the pace of change in network and data center technology seem to be accelerating as we get further into 2016? This week’s links include news of a new 100G switch developed by LinkedIn, a research paper on the infrastructure of the Internet of the future, and a forward-looking discussion of the evolution of IT infrastructure.

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    Topics: OPX, Industry News, Internet

    Network Monitoring - TAP, SPAN or Something Better?

    Posted by Jonathan Reeves on Dec 16, 2015 4:17:09 PM

    If there’s one thing that every IT administrator is looking for these days, it’s clear network visibility, which is imperative for maintaining a stable and secure data environment.

    Two technologies that IT professionals use for network visibility are test access ports (TAPs) and switched port analyzers (SPANs), the latter of which supports a process referred to as port mirroring.

    Here’s how these two technologies work:

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    Topics: OPX, OEO, TAP and SPAN

    Low Latency Datacenter Networks – Why Nanoseconds Matter

    Posted by Jonathan Reeves on Aug 11, 2015 11:22:00 AM

    Fiber Mountain OPX measured at 5 nanosecond port-to-port latency, to one or many output destinations

    A significant and important performance metric in any network is latency, or the time taken for information to be relayed from an input port to an output port. There have been many industry papers written on the topic, and recent advances in computing performance, storage performance and network bandwidth bring greater focus to the impact of latency on user experience and application performance.

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    Topics: Glass Core, OPX