& cplSiteName &

100G Inside? Data Centers Will Get It

Dan O'Shea
4/7/2014
50%
50%

Market activity for 100G deployment has exploded in the last year or so, primarily in the long-haul part of carrier networks, and most indications are that the metro market for 100G is about to take off, too. But there may soon be yet another market segment for 100G to conquer, if a new industry alliance has anything to do with it.

The 100G CLR4 Alliance debuted at Interop last week in Las Vegas, and if you missed it, that may not surprise alliance members, including co-leaders Arista Networks Inc. and Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). Those companies feel the industry already has been missing a big opportunity for deploying 100G within large data centers. While much of the industry's attention is focused on deploying 100G anywhere from hundreds to tens of kilometers, the 100G CLR4 Alliance contends that increasingly large data centers present a growing opportunity to use 100G at spans between 100 m and 2 km.

To those who are familiar with Arista's product lineup, this effort might sound as if Arista and its semiconductor partner Intel are simply priming the market for Arista's own switching gear. But the group already has more than 20 members, including data center vendors, semiconductor companies, and even a carrier network vendor fan in Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN). (See the full list, with some commentary by Intel and Arista, here.)

While there have been some efforts through the IEEE to develop a standard for 100G at a small form factor and short reach, relatively speaking, for data centers, not much has come of those efforts. That is hard to believe, given that we have started using the term "hyperscale" to describe how big data centers have grown and how fast they continue to grow. Now, the new group is looking to work fast to produce a specification, possibly as soon as next month.

The 100G CLR4 Alliance is not alone, however, on that path. Several other companies already are pursuing their own 100G developments for the data center, including Avago Technologies Pte. , which earlier this month announced a solution for 550 m. Also, there are at least two more group projects covering the same ground. Avago is part of the CWDM4-MSA, and Ranovus Inc. and Mellanox Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: MLNX) recently formed the OpenOptics MSA targeting development of 100G at 2 km and beyond, with data centers as a primary application. (See Avago Pursues 100G Data Center Links.)

When multiple industry groups work the same territory without a standards group getting involved, there is opportunity for conflict and confusion, so let's hope these two groups communicate with one another or perhaps merge efforts if that makes sense. In terms of the broader market picture, however, these efforts further show just how pervasively data center matters are now influencing the broader telecom industry, just how much opportunity remains for developers and suppliers of 100G, and just how insatiable our hunger for bandwidth continues to be in every corner of the network.

Some other recent 100G news:

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading


Want to learn more about SDN and the transport network? Check out the agenda for Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), which will take place on June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The event combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. For more on the event, the topics, and the stellar service provider speaker lineup, see Telecommunication Luminaries to Discuss the Hottest Industry Trends at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June.


(3)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
4/8/2014 | 8:57:01 AM
Re: Many groups
Yes, s I understand it, these groups are looking at the space in between those standards, with the some length requirements in current data centers gettng up toward 500 m and beyond as the data centers are getting larger.
jean-christophe manciot
50%
50%
jean-christophe manciot,
User Rank: Light Beer
4/8/2014 | 5:01:19 AM
Re: Many groups
There are standards already regarding 100G Ethernet: IEEE 802.3ba and 802.3bm 100G over Optical Fiber; 100GBase-SR10/SR4 (100 m), LR10/LR4 (10 km), not mentionning 100GE over copper (5/7 m).
DOShea
50%
50%
DOShea,
User Rank: Blogger
4/7/2014 | 5:00:39 PM
Many groups
I added the reference to the CWDM4-MSA after a reader mentioned it http://www.cwdm4-msa.org/. Also, here is the OpenOptics MSA site http://www.openopticsmsa.org/, and believe it or not, I hear there is at least one more in play. More to come...
Educational Resources
sponsor supplied content
Educational Resources Archive
More Blogs from DOS Attack
Ciena and ADVA separately show off the ability for their new data center interconnect gear to address a variety of distance needs.
The utility industry is keeping TDM alive, but maybe not for much longer.
Vendor CEOs make a lot of money, but we have a list of those who made more than most.
Growing security threats are set to drive critical infrastructure operators to new investment and upgrades of their internal networks.
Mike Birck guided Tellabs for more than 30 years over a span of five decades.
From The Founder
The independent evaluation of Nokia's key virtual network functions (VNFs) was a defining moment for the Finnish giant.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
Energy 2020: Growing Services, Not Consumption

6|24|16   |   07:18   |   (0) comments


Management of power requirements needs to be a key consideration as cable operators deploy new services, says Dan Cooper, vice president of critical infrastructure for Charter Communications and chair of the SCTE/ISBE Standards Program's Energy Management Subcommittee. In this video, Cooper discusses the importance of cable operators and technology partners ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei & TDC First to Launch DOCSIS 3.1 Trial in Europe

6|24|16   |     |   (0) comments


To meet the rising demands for high-speed broadband and to tackle fierce competition for 1.5 million household, TDC wanted to upgrade its network to use the latest technology. Using Huawei's DOCSIS 3.1 solution, TDC is now able to offer gigabit speeds to its customers.
LRTV Documentaries
OPNFV Summit: Key Takeaways

6|22|16   |   03:28   |   (0) comments


MANO shortfalls, an increasingly bloated open source ecosystem and the cultural challenges for network operators were among the key takeaways from the OPNFV Summit in Berlin.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Bringing Ultra Broadband to the South Pacific

6|22|16   |   7:55   |   (0) comments


At Singapore's UBBS 2016 summit, Light Reading speaks to Lim Chee Siong, Huawei's CMO in the South Pacific Region.
LRTV Custom TV
Juniper's NFV Platform

6|22|16   |     |   (0) comments


A telco cloud is a key enabler for service providers to deliver virtualized services to their customers. Juniper has a differentiated approach with an open and comprehensive NFV platform to build the cloud of the future for multiple use cases.
Women in Comms Introduction Videos
Infinera: The Glass Ceiling's Been Broken

6|22|16   |   4:34   |   (0) comments


Shannon Williams, an engineer by trade and now the director of sales for Infinera's major accounts, draws confidence from being a female in a male-dominated industry and hopes other women will too as industry dynamics swing in our favor.
LRTV Custom TV
RAD Demonstrates SD-WAN Functionality at BCE 2016

6|22|16   |     |   (0) comments


In conjunction with Versa Networks, RAD demos a joint solution for SD-WAN implementation. The solution uses RAD's ETX-2i, a vCPE platform integrating a powerful IP and Carrier Ethernet NID/NTU with a field-pluggable x86 NFV module that runs Versa's FlexVNF for SD-WAN functionality. The demo implements SD-WAN over a simulated service provider footprint by deploying ...
LRTV Custom TV
Radware on Virtualizing Network Security

6|21|16   |     |   (0) comments


Radware's Michael O'Malley highlights the benefits for service providers of virtualizing network security.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei 2016 UBBS World Tour: Singapore

6|21|16   |   02:39   |   (0) comments


Highlights from Huawei's UBBS World Tour event in Singapore.
LRTV Custom TV
The FlowBROKER Solution

6|21|16   |     |   (0) comments


During a demo at the Big Communications Event 2016, Accedian director of product line solutions Greg Spear demonstrates how the FlowBROKER distributed packet capture solution (part of Accedian's SkyLIGHT platform) can be used to troubleshoot and resolve QoE issues.

FlowBROKER is the industry's first lossless remote packet capture solution, which uses ...

LRTV Documentaries
BCE 2016: Dell & the New World Order

6|21|16   |   22:48   |   (0) comments


Dell's Jim Ganthier on how the very essence of enterprise is being affected by digital disruption – and how the cloud can help companies find a path forward.
LRTV Documentaries
BCE 2016: The CSP of the Future

6|20|16   |     |   (0) comments


Traditional telecom operators have been adopting new ways of doing business from the IT sector and emulating web-scale companies in their technology adoption. Are these strategies succeeding? A panel of experts at BCE considered the evidence...
Upcoming Live Events
September 13-14, 2016, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
November 3, 2016, The Montcalm Marble Arch, London
November 30, 2016, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 6-8, 2016,
May 16-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
A new survey conducted by Heavy Reading and TM Forum shows that CSPs around the world see the move to digital operations as a necessary part of their overall virtualization strategies.
Hot Topics
FCC to Vote on 5G Spectrum on July 14
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/20/2016
'Brexit' Vote Hits BT, Vodafone
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/24/2016
Twitter Buys Magic Pony... Not That Kind
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 6/20/2016
AT&T Settles on LTE for Cellular IoT
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 6/22/2016
Google Fiber Buys Webpass in Wireless Play
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/23/2016
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
At the BCE 2016 show in Austin, ECI Telecom CEO Darryl Edwards tells Light Reading founder and CEO about the Elastic Network concept and the company's NFV and cybersecurity developments.
Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of SCTE/ISBE, sits down with Steve Saunders in Light Reading's New York office to discuss the society's Energy 2020 campaign, including its mission to benefit the environment, enable economic benefits and the key challenges facing cable operators wanting to reduce energy consumption.
Animals with Phones
Live Digital Audio

Our world has evolved through innovation from the Industrial Revolution of the 1740s to the information age, and it is now entering the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by technology. Technology is driving a paradigm shift in the way digital solutions deliver a connected world, changing the way we live, communicate and provide solutions. It can have a powerful impact on how we tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. In this radio show, Caroline Dowling, President of Communications Infrastructure & Enterprise Computing at Flex, will join Women in Comms Director Sarah Thomas to discuss the impact technology has on society and how it can be a game-changer across the globe; improving lives and creating a smarter world. Dowling, a Cork, Ireland, native and graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program, will also discuss her experience managing an international team focused on innovation in an age of high-speed change.