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OFC Daily Wrap - Friday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 25 March 2016

With its final day of programming and exhibits over, OFC proved to be a great success.

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Curing Cancer with Rainbows

By Lisa Huff, Discerning Analytics | Posted: 25 March 2016

Last night, Mary Lou Jepsen, Executive Director of Engineering at Facebook and Head of Display Technologies at Oculus,  gave us a lot to think about in her speech at the OSA 100-year anniversary Light the Future event. She carried us through history, describing seemingly insurmountable obstacles that scientists have had to endure to give us, the optical communications community, as well as the general public, devices that not only enrich our lives, but also sometimes save it.

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Optics for the Cloud: Expectations and Reality

By Vladimir Kozlov, LightCounting Market Research | Posted: 25 March 2016

Investments by cloud companies in mega datacenters and supporting networking infrastructure have created a new and very dynamic segment in the optical components and modules market. Customer expectations and supply concerns were the subject of a panel discussion at OFC on Thursday morning.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Thursday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 24 March 2016

Thursday at OFC: don't miss the opportunity to see an exciting range of show floor sessions.

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Satisfying Bandwidth Demands

By Principal Analyst, Service Provider Infrastructure | Posted: 23 March 2016

Vendors used OFC this week to announce and demonstrate their latest solutions designed to satisfy the next wave of increased bandwidth demands. With the industry rapidly moving beyond the capabilities of 10G and into main stream deployment of 100G services, it is clear that switching capacities and port densities on existing packet optical transport platforms will be stressed.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Wednesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 23 March 2016

Wednesday at OFC: day two of the Exhibition and a full day of programming.

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Hardware Innovation and SDN Bring Renewed Promise to IP+Optical Integration Hardware Innovation and SDN Bring Renewed Promise to IP+Optical Integration

By Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading | Posted: 22 March 2016

IP and optical integration as a concept has a long history. It has been a topic that has come and gone at OFC for the 16 years that I have been an industry analyst and an attendee at this event. The early buzz around “IP over glass” diminished rapidly when operators quickly realized that there were no standards for interoperability.

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OFC Daily Wrap - Tuesday

By OFC Staff | Posted: 22 March 2016

Tuesday at OFC.

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Are optical networks as secure as we think?

By Chris Janson, Optical Product Marketing - Nokia | Posted: 21 March 2016

OFC provides an annual report on advances in optical capacity, reach, agility and control. Certainly, the advances in components, systems and software are nothing short of amazing since I first attended OFC in 1990. Back then, we were reporting methods and devices to carry analog video along with digital data. We have come so far!

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OFC 2016 Plenary: The Open Optics Revolution

By Casimer DeCusatis | Posted: 21 March 2016

The OFC plenary is always an exciting and thought-provoking presentation, and this year will be no exception The photonics industry is being disrupted by emerging technologies such as network function virtualization (NFV), software defined networking (SDN), and radical new network architectures.  Many traditional optics providers are struggling with the implications of this wave of change, and how it will impact their business models and the people they serve. One of this year's plenary speakers is the man responsible for delivering AT&T’s next generation network architecture, Andre Fuetsch.

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