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Major optical network investments on the horizon

By Max Burkhalter
July 17, 2012
The rapid advance of high-performance networking protocols and need for greater bandwidth in backhaul and data center settings is leading to considerable demand for new optical infrastructure investments in a variety of sectors, a recent Infonetics Research whitepaper explained.

There has recently been a great deal of innovation in the networking industry, enabling high-bandwidth connectivity options in response to needs for more data throughput, especially in service provider settings. Because of this, many organizations will likely be upgrading their backhaul and data infrastructure to support innovative solutions. According to the whitepaper, the major jump in performance enabled by emerging standards is creating an environment in which large-scale upgrades are increasingly needed to support innovation.

The news source explained that most major network upgrades are generally performed best when organizations do not tack added cabling and hardware onto existing systems. Instead, organizations making architectural changes to the network are generally best-suited to completely replacing their legacy setup with new cabling and network equipment.

Because organizations will get the most out of a network upgrade if they refresh their systems entirely and new standards are emerging to encourage a hardware reboot, the industry is beginning to prepare for major investments in optical network components in 2013 and 2014, the whitepaper explained.

While the need for large-scale network upgrades and equipment reboots may seem overwhelming, the technological shift will likely lead to considerable benefits that go well beyond expanded bandwidth and faster Ethernet speeds, the whitepaper said.

As internet service providers and data center operators begin planning for large-scale upgrades to implement fiber-optic cabling in greater quantities and upgrade networking systems to support emerging standards, cost will likely become a priority. Making such heavy investments into the network is critical to keep up with emerging demands, but there are ways that companies can minimize the fees without having to sacrifice performance.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to use fiber-to-Ethernet media converters to enable optical network deployment wherever necessary, but still enable copper wiring systems when possible. This allows organizations to avoid going entirely optical when many connections may not require the connectivity offered by such an advanced solution. Media conversion can also allow companies to use quality of service and other routing technologies depending on the specific capabilities of their network.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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