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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Emergence of Optical Networking in the Data Center

The networking industry is on the cusp of a major data center transformation where optical networking technology will play a pivotal role in shaping the next data center architecture. Fixed network topologies are adequate when data traffic is relatively predictable; however, data centers, today, are experiencing dynamic traffic flows that are unpredictable and require unprecedented amounts of any-to-any connectivity. In addition, server virtualization, workload mobility, and big data applications are changing traffic patterns from north-south to predominantly east-west, which places strains on typical spine/leaf networks. 

With workload mobility, virtualization, and cloud computing all vastly changing the data center, introducing the benefits of optical networking technologies into products that can manage network capacity, traffic flows, and scale to support thousands of server racks is bound to hit a sweet spot in the data center. Which company is incorporating multiple optical technologies into the data center and leveraging SDN? Click here to download the Market Impact.

Eve Griliches 

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