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The Promise and Potential of 400ZR

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 21 August 2019

Developments in higher data rates and coherent communication technologies were among the most exciting new developments at OFC 2019. The most important market force driving this technology is the growing need to significantly increase bandwidth between cloud data centers within a campus or metropolitan area network. Such networks require simple topologies (often point-to-point) over distances of 80-100 km (long enough that wavelength multiplexing over single-mode fiber must be employed). To address this need and provide interoperability in coherent dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) systems, the Optical Internet Forum (OIF) has been developing a new standard called 400ZR for the past few years. In this blog, we’ll take a look at the current status of 400ZR and some of the recent innovations announced at OFC.

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Data Center Technology Accelerates with Huge Presence at OFC

By Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group | Posted: 18 April 2019

Cutting edge data center technology was highlighted throughout OFC last week. The industry did a good job of showcasing its progress towards 400 Gbps as well as the technologies behind it. We were also able to see what is happening next with a bright future towards 800 Gbps, 1.6 Tbps and other high-speed offerings as the industry gears up to support the incredible demand of bandwidth that will come from Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML). There was excitement and buzz throughout and to the very end of the show, which indicates that OFC 2019 was a huge success in answering the biggest challenges in data center networking.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 8 March 2019

It’s been our pleasure to be your 2019 OFC General Chairs, and we hope you enjoyed this year’s event.

Every year, OFC serves as a gathering of the industry and creates an opportunity for us to grow as professionals — both in the knowledge we receive and in the connections we make. We appreciate you taking the time to join us for five days of learning, discussion and networking.

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 OFC here in San Diego!

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OFC Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 7 March 2019

On day five (and how is it already day five?), there is a wealth of technical and show floor programs. In the exhibition, 10 programs are offered, including two Market Watch panels and a product showcase featuring Huawei's Optical Network 2.0.

Technical content is supported with 20 sessions that run from 08:00 to 16:00 and a poster session. And the 2019 OFC Conference comes to a conclusion with the Postdeadline Paper Session. Technical (full conferrence) registrants can obtain the postdeadline paper digest this morning starting at 10:00 in Registration (Hall E).

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OFC Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 6 March 2019

Chance of precipitation in San Diego today is 50%. However, your odds improve to 100% that you'll find programs of interest at OFC.

On day four, a symposium on network automation is complemented with a show-floor summit for network operators; plus, a special session on quatum technology and its impact on optical communications; the first of two poster sessions and more industry-focused Market Watch programs. Also, more than 700 exhibitors want to know if you've made your way to the exhibition yet.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 5 March 2019

Get ready for the most exciting day yet at OFC! A full day of programming kicks off with the plenary at 08:00, followed by the unveiling of the Exhibition with its packed schedule. This evening, the ever-engaging Rump Session delves into one of the industry's key challenges.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Monday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 4 March 2019

40 technical sessions are presented on day two of OFC, including two symposia and one special session. In addition, time is...well, short, to take a Short Course — it's the last day they are offered. And, make time early this evening to attend the Open Platform Summit on the future of network infrastructures. Have a great day at OFC!

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OFC Daily Wrap - Sunday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 3 March 2019

Each morning of the conference, we'll be sending The Daily Wrap — highlighting things to note for the day ahead.

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Data Center Technology Trends at OFC

By Alan Weckel, Founder and Technology Analyst, 650 Group | Posted: 22 February 2019

OFC has become an increasingly important show for the data center networking community. Being the first major show of the year where vendors update their Cloud and next-generation platform strategies helps set the stage for the rest of 2019. We expect many vendor announcements in 2019 - lots of exciting announcements are forthcoming. In particular, we are expecting announcements and demonstrations in the following areas.

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Challenges and Opportunities in 5G Transport, an ACG Research Project

By Tim Doiron, Principal Analyst, ACG Research | Posted: 15 February 2019

Many service providers and vendors have tied their future to the successful commercial deployment and evolution of 5G mobile networks and services. Unlike prior generations of wireless technology, 5G is designed to support new applications, services and industries. Mobile consumers will benefit with enhanced mobile broadband, but more importantly 5G will facilitate the launch of fixed wireless services, massive Internet of Things with billions of connected devices and ultra-reliable, low-latency services like augmented reality and remote surgery.

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