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The Optical Report Series

The State of the Optical and DCI Industry 2018

What role is fibre playing in addressing connectivity and capacity issues in telecommunications? How is the evolution of data centre-led cloud infrastructures shaping the industry? What role does OTN have to play in enabling emerging technologies such as 5G and IoT? The answers to these questions and many more, you’ll find in our latest industry insights report.

To 400G and Beyond

Network operators know it all too well; streaming video, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and the evolution to 5G are all putting massive pressure on today’s networks, requiring capacity increases by orders of magnitude and the ability to respond to even greater unpredictability in traffic patterns. The first in a series of three reports, dives deeper into the optical networking market as technologies and deployments ramp up from 100G to 400G and beyond.

Open Line Systems Gather Momentum

Taking a cue from the separation of hardware, operating systems, and applications software in IT, and more recently the separation of compute, storage, and networking in data centres, the trend toward disaggregation and open optical networking is starting to impact the broader communications equipment market. In this report we explore how approaches to optical networking based on disaggregation and SDN control are set to dominate and the key questions that remain.

Fibre and Cable for the Cloud

The critical challenge facing operators today is to deliver sufficient capacity in their networks to allow customers to properly access data-heavy applications and services such as live video calling, high-density video streaming and virtual/ augmented reality. In this report you’ll learn how innovative optical fibres and cabling could provide substantial benefits for connecting data centres across a wide range of distances.

Evolving the Metro Network

Today’s internet gets connected in the metro thanks to a combination of a flexible and operationally efficient optical infrastructure plus data centre interconnect. Still, major trends are responsible for driving the need for carriers to evolve their existing metro optical networks into scalable infrastructures even further. create more and more demand for high-capacity metro data centre interconnect transport between cloud hosting and content delivery facilities. In ‘Evolving the Metro Network’ ADVA puts a strong case forwards as to why operators need to rethink their metro networks and how they can help you achieve a flexible optical layer, make OTN scalable, build time-sensitive transport networks whilst avoiding high first in costs.

Micromux and Teraflex

Traffic growth and the move towards cloud-based services are driving the need for more capacity and speed in today’s data centre interconnect networks. ICPs and CNPs need to rapidly scale their DCI networks while retaining simplicity and meeting evolving density and power requirements. If you’re exploring opportunities to balance your current needs with future demand, ADVA’s whitepaper have the answers you might be looking for.

The whitepaper offers a meticulous look at FSP 3000 Micromux and FSP 3000 Teraflex and how you can benefit from them.

Going Cloud Native

With network value shifting to cloud-based software applications, service providers must realign their strategies and learn to swim in the cloud world. ECI’s ‘Going Cloud Native’ argues that in order to catch up, Service Providers ‘need to introduce service agility and operations automation’. Yet, to remain competitive, SPs will need to consider how applications are developed, deployed and managed – some have already started to adopt cloud architectures. Would you like to learn more about cloud software engineering techniques? Are you looking for the advantages and benefits of different Cloud Software Techniques – including Microservices, Containers and SP Pass? If you’re answer is yes, then this whitepaper is a must-read for you.

Solving the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge

5G is set to change networking as we know it. Still, it presents mobile network operators with a one in a generation opportunity and the potential to support a wide range of services. In ‘Solving the 5G Network Connectivity Challenge’, ECI explores the seven key areas that MNOs need to focus on to evolve the traditional mobile backhaul network into a 5G connectivity fabric, the challenges they present and what can be done to overcome them. Are you also excited about the opportunities 5G presents MNOs? Would you like to learn more about 5G? 

The Role of Higher Baud Rater in Evolving Coherent Transport

In this whitepaper, Coriant identifies the benefits and use cases for higher baud rates. With DCI traffic, internet video and mobile data traffic forecast to grow with a CAGR of 31.9%, 31% and 46% accordingly, network operators need to scale capacity cost effectively. When looking at busy hour traffic, growth is closer to 36% and has a far greater impact on the optical transport network, which is usually dimensioned for peaks rather than averages. Download the whitepaper to discover how evolving coherent technology has a key role to play if bandwidth escalation is to be delivered without dramatic increases in both CapEx and OpEx.

100G/400G Testing Guide

According to Exfo, one of the challenges that the industry is currently facing in terms of 100G line‑side testing is that there are no established standards or recommendations to guide manufacturers and operators on how to test the cards, transponders and systems, or as to how links should be qualified prior to the installation of such systems. ‘100G/400G Testing Guide’ does exactly what the label says. It presents an overview of high-speed technology, 40G/100G system testing and lab qualifications, plus 40G/100G commissioning and turn‑up for both line and client side.

Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World

In 'Data Center Optics at the Heart of the Hyperdata World', EXFO explores how the exponential growth of the information generated, transported and processed by data center interconnections in the upcoming years will continue to dramatically change the market in ways never seen before.

The whitepaper also covers:

  • Data center technology requirements
  • Data center transceivers
  • User scenarios
  • When and where iOptics should be used
  • What does the iOptics solution validate
Infinite Capacity Engine

Are you looking for ways to continue scaling your network to address the relentless growth in bandwidth demand? Is one of your goals to maximise capacity-reach performance and operational scalability, whilst driving down total cost of ownership? Infinera’s whitepaper has all the insights you need, including an in-depth look at the history of optical engine innovation, cutting edge photonics, advance electronics and advanced coherent toolkit. Learn more about optical engine today by downloading the whitepaper.

TXF Optical Fiber Featuring Ultra-Low-Loss and Large Effective Area for Extended Reach

Corning's latest optical fiber innovation, TXF optical fiber is a G.654.E compliant product featuring ultra-low-loss and large effective area. The fiber is designed to extend reach in long-haul networks, and is of particular value to network operators planning to increase capacity by upgrading to data rates beyond 100Gb/s.

Encryption Solution

The rate of data transfer between any two points on the network continues to grow without restraint. With service providers capable of pushing more bits farther on the network than ever before, more opportunity there is for the data to be subject to unlawful intercept, with more data being accessible at any point.

To address this issue, the European Union (EU) has developed the GDPR. EKINOPS encryption solution is an advanced cryptography engine that uses field-proven, industry standard methods. The EKINOPS PM CRYPTO module uses the strongest AES-GCM 256 based encryption to provide the highest level of security from end-to-end.

Introducing the Adaptive Network Vision

The Adaptive Network is Ciena’s vision of a new target end-state for network providers. It utilizes automation, guided by analytics and intent-based policies, to rapidly scale, self-configure, and self-optimize by constantly assessing network  pressures and demands.

The Adaptive Network is built on three key foundation elements:

  • Analytics and Intelligence
  • Software Control and Automation
  • Programmable Infrastructure

In this whitepaper, Ciena explores the Adaptive Network Vision and the complete functionality of this framework.

Cuber Optics

The HUBER+SUHNER CUBO mini 100G ODD is a compact, stand-alone optical demarcation device for 100G. It is specifically designed to solve a multitude of challenges.

It is the first device to take advantage of the wide variety of 100G QSFP28 transceivers covering different distances up to 25km. And it has two QSFP28 slots implementing a layer 1 optical conversion between the two slots. This approach not only makes the setup simple “plug & play” but also enables full transparency of all higher levels at the lowest possible latency. The CUBO mini 100G ODD also supports OTU4 as well as 40G.

5G Ethernet X-Haul

In this whitepaper, Transpacket explores the concept of Ethernet X-Haul. Discussed extensively in  the mobile industry in connection with 5G, the idea is to have an Ethernet based converged transport network serving multiple purposes including fronthaul and backhaul. The whitepaper presents the RAN architectures under consideration for 5G, and their consequences in terms of requirements for the transport network.

It further describes how an innovative Ethernet scheduling mechanism is required to support deterministic Ethernet, and to fully achieve an 5G Ethernet X-Haul. It also introduces two use cases, namely Ethernet Crosshaul, and Indoor Coverage, which demonstrate the added value of deterministic Ethernet for mobile transport applications.

Micro OTN in Network Modernization

SM-Optics' whitepaper explores how network modernization is an investment that results in a twofold solution. The first being the complete decommissioning of SDH; removing this layer to achieve flattening of the infrastructure, massive Opex cost reduction and simplification of network and service set up.

Secondly, 5G & new services enablement, which includes converging over OTN from core to access, right to the CPE, maximizing network utilization and capacity/cost/fibre, achieving best latency performances and any service type enablement.

You'll learn how the micro OTN® based solution can help you achieve this result, offering in a single network intervention and with a limited investment, the complete modernization of the transport infrastructure.