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BTE 2015: DCI's Here; Where's It Going Next?

Dan O'Shea

Data center interconnect has had tremendous influence and impact on the transport networking sector over the last year, so it should come as no surprise that Light Reading has built an event-within-an-event around this topic at next week's Big Telecom Event.

The Data Center Interconnect Summit kicks off Wednesday afternoon at BTE with a panel on "The Future of Data Center Interconnect," hosted by Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin.

Just a year ago, it was not readily apparent that transport vendors need to develop dedicated platforms around DCI, but a huge part of the potential market for DCI is Web 2.0 companies, and they stated in no uncertain terms that in most cases they want something a little more lean that the average optical transport platform. They have specific requirements for power (think lower consumption), space (think smaller footprint) and software (think automation and lots of it), among other things.

As a result, virtually every vendor serious about the DCI market has a dedicated product, and service providers are starting to make their deployment decisions. (See ADVA Ups Its DCI Game, Ciena Surfs DCI Wave With New Platform and Infinera, Arista Team to Conquer DCI Space.)

The opening panel at the Data Center Interconnect Summit will delve into how the shape of the DCI space is continuing to be shaped, not only by the desires of the Web 2.0 crowd, but also by telco and cable TV companies that increasingly are getting their feet wet in the data center market. Joining Perrin on the opening panel will be Jay Clark, senior director of carrier sales and operations at Cox Business; Andreas Hegers, head of corporate and portfolio marketing at ECI Telecom Ltd. ; and Chris Liou, fellow and vice president of network strategy at Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN), to discuss where DCI goes from here.

Sterling Perrin fans also take note that our man in optical will also will moderating two more Next-Gen Data Networking panels on Tuesday at BTE -- Get Ready for 100 Gigabit Ethernet Services and Bringing SDN to Carrier Networks: Reality Check.

— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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