The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

2012 September

Optical Interconnects – Less Power to Them! (and why that’s a good thing)

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D. | Posted: 28 September 2012

Energy consumption is quite literally a hot topic for data center designers these days.  A recent year-long study on this topic, published by the New York Times, provides an interesting perspective on this problem.  According to the article, while most companies are reluctant to share details of their data center designs, it can be shown that a single data center supporting Amazon, Google, Facebook, or many other household names can easily consume as much power as a small city.  Data centers worldwide consume around 30 billion watts of electricity, the equivalent of about 30 nuclear power plants.  The power required to  run servers, networks, and storage may only be a fraction of this total; heating and cooling of the data center also contributes to overall power consumption, as well as redundant power in the form of backup generators and batteries. 

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Top 5 reasons why I went to OFC last year (and why I’m going back in 2013)

By Casimer DeCusatis, Ph.D., Distinguished Engineer, IBM System Networking Strategic Alliances, CTO Strategic Alliances, Member, IBM Academy of Technology, IBM Corporation | Posted: 26 September 2012

I’m going to go out on a limb here – I’ll bet that your work has been crazy busy lately, worse than last year, with tighter budgets and constant demands to do more with less.  Did you even find time to take a decent vacation this summer, or were you too busy checking email every day?  In fact, how did you even find the time to read this blog? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way; you’re invested in it now, a full four sentences in, so you may as well keep going.

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