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Preparing Asia's data centres for today's web-scale demands

Fady Masoud, Senior Advisor, Product & Technology Marketing, Ciena | July 21, 2015
Data centre interconnect or DCI is bringing up new ways to speed up connectivity, resulting in greater efficiencies and lower latencies.

Growth in the number of data centres that need to be accessed by employees across the region coupled with the issues above requires high-capacity, cost-effective optical networking gear specifically designed for data centre interconnect (DCI) that is fundamentally different from traditional equipment. DCI needs new functionalities, tools and capabilities that live and breathe at web-scale.

With space at a premium in Asia's metros, DCI needs highly-compact, stackable systems. Interconnect systems need to be powerful enough to handle unprecedented levels of traffic between data centres, and vendors are responding to this emerging opportunity with a new class of equipment specifically designed and optimised for web-scale operators. This delivers high scalability, efficiency, reliability, and security to ensure quick access to content across the cloud's building blocks.

The latest technology breakthroughs in hardware and software have technologies such as Digital Signal Processing (DSP) innovations to overcome distance limitations, coherent optics to overcome capacity issues and ultra-high-speed optoelectronics to address latency. Enterprises are turning to wire-speed inflight encryption for security.

Data centre networks are constantly changing, resulting in traffic trends that are difficult to predict, given the spontaneous access to the resource pool by a wide variety of users and applications. Operational tasks can be automated through the use of APIs and associated applications.

One thing is becoming clear: when it comes to DCI, traditional networking equipment cannot cope with the pressures of migrating to the Cloud and scaling for bandwidth-hungry customers. They need to urgently upgrade to DCI-specific network infrastructure or risk losing revenues and efficiency.


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