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Entries in Fibre Channel (5)


Meeting the many needs of data centre interconnect

High capacity. Density. Power efficiency. Client-side optical interface choices. Coherent transmission. Direct detection. Open line system. Just some of the requirements vendors must offer to compete in the data centre interconnect market.

“A key lesson learned from all our interactions over the years is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” says Jörg-Peter Elbers, senior vice president of advanced technology, standards and IPR at ADVA Optical Networking. “What is important is that you have a portfolio to give customers what they need.”

 Jörg-Peter Elbers

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Interview with Finisar's Jerry Rawls

Finisar is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Gazettabyte interviewed Finisar's executive chairman and company co-founder, Jerry Rawls, to mark the anniversary.

Part 1


Jerry Rawls, Finisar's executive chairman and co-founder

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NextIO simplifies top of rack switching with I/O virtualisation

NextIO has developed virtualised input/output (I/O) equipment that simplifies switch design in the data centre.


"Our box takes a single virtual NIC, virtualises that and shares that out with all the servers in a rack"

John Fruehe, NextIO 


The platform, known as vNET, replaces both Fibre Channel and Ethernet top-of-rack switches in the data centre and is suited for use with small one rack unit (1RU) servers. The platform uses PCI Express (PCIe) to implement I/O virtualisation.

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OFC/NFOEC 2013: Technical paper highlights

Source: The Optical Society

Network evolution strategies, state-of-the-art optical deployments, next-generation PON and data centre interconnect are just some of the technical paper highlights of the upcoming OFC/NFOEC conference and exhibition, to be held in Anaheim, California from March 17-21, 2013. Here is a selection of the papers.

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Differentiation in a market that demands sameness

Transceiver feature: Part 2

At first sight, optical transceiver vendors have little scope for product differentiation. Modules are defined through a multi-source agreement (MSA) and used to transport specified protocols over predefined distances.


“Their attitude is let the big guys kill themselves at 40 and 100 Gig while they beat down costs"


Vladimir Kozlov, LightCounting



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