LOS ANGELES -- OFC 2015 -- Optical transport efficiency, in particular for the data center interconnect market, looks set to be the hottest topic at this year's Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition, better known simply as OFC.
The reason for that is simple: Data traffic volumes are growing fast in metro and long-haul networks, particularly on routes to, from, and between data centers, as cloud services grow in popularity, mobile/wireless devices become ever more powerful and are able to connect to the Internet at ever greater speeds, and video services/applications put ever greater strain on service provider networks.
The topic is not new: Companies such as BTI Systems Inc. and Cyan Inc. have been developing platforms for data center interconnect (DCI) and announcing resulting market traction for a couple of years. (See BTI Expands on Services Delivery and ViaWest Deploys Cyan.)
But there has been a crescendo of DCI noise building during the past year in particular, as Light Reading coverage from the past 12 months shows:
- Metro 100G: Get Excited, but Not Too Excited
- Alcatel-Lucent Pitches Its 400G IP Gear at DCI Market
- OIF's FlexEthernet Project Targets DCI
- Metro Data Center Interconnect in 2015 – the "Big Traffic" Opportunity (archived webinar)
- Cyan Targets DCI With 34 Terabit Platform
- KVH Takes Its Elastic Data Center Service Beyond Japan
- Pacnet Picks BTI for Data Center Interconnection
- Infinera Targets Data Center Connectivity Market With Metro Platform
But get this: Cisco actually cited DCI as an "emerging high-bandwidth application" 15 years ago! (See Cisco Introduces Metro DWDM Platform.)
There will be plenty of DCI chat this week in Los Angeles as the optical networking fraternity gathers for OFC. There have been plenty of pre-show news announcements from some of the components companies heading to the show: Here's a taster of a couple that have called out DCI as a driver for their business.
Look out for Light Reading's DCI coverage from OFC throughout this week.
— Ray Le Maistre, , Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading