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February 2017

Meeting the Demands of Hyperscale Data Centers

By Christine Young, Blogger, Maxim Integrated | Posted: 24 February 2017

Content-focused companies like Microsoft, Google, and Facebook are now running hyperscale data centers that require massive amounts of bandwidth. Optical networking technologies that are the foundation of these data centers are advancing at a more rapid pace today than in the past, when a generation typically spanned 10 years. These days, we’re seeing data rates double every few years. The 25Gbps per lane that’s being rolled out now will grow to 50Gbps per lane next time around, explained Andrew Sharratt, executive director of the Cloud & Data Business Unit at Maxim Integrated.

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Internet of Skills – Where Communications, Robotics and AI Meet

By Professor Mischa Dohler, King’s College London | Posted: 23 February 2017

Each Internet generation was believed to be the last, with designs pushed to near perfection. The first and original Internet, a virtually infinite network of computers, was a paradigm changer and went on to define the global economies of the late 20<sup>th</sup> century.&nbsp; After that Internet, came the Mobile Internet, connecting billions of smart phones and laptops, and yet again redefining entire segments of the economy in the first decade of the 21<sup>st</sup> century. Today, we witness the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), soon to connect billions of objects and starting to redefine yet again various economies of this decade.&nbsp;

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Telecom’s “Open” Embrace

By Roy Rubenstein, Editor Gazettabyte | Posted: 17 February 2017

The adoption of open-source practices is helping telecom operators become software-driven companies. The open approach is also impacting hardware, with uncertain ramifications for vendors.
Telcos are undergoing a period of unprecedented change, with the Internet content providers acting as both a competitive spur and a role model. But transitioning to a software-driven network model not only requires the adoption of new technologies and practices but identifying business cases and implementing organisational change - a significant set of challenges. 

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OFC 2017 Show Floor Programs: Hot Topics Presented by Industry for Industry

By Casimer deCusatis | Posted: 1 February 2017

As we get ready for OFC 2017 this coming March, it’s easy to be just a bit overwhelmed by the sheer number of things to do during the convention. With technical papers, plenaries and keynotes, Market Watch, Short Courses, rump session, and so much more, a bit of advance planning will help you get the most out of your OFC experience. A great place to start is the OFC attendee program , which provides a convenient overview of the week. But in this month’s blog, I’d like to focus on the exhibit hall show floor programming .

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