data centers

Cloud Computing and the Rise of Silicon Photonics

The rapid growth of cloud computing requires data centers to scale up, but traditional copper presents limitations in distance, bandwidth, and efficiency.   The business of today’s data-driven world is being conducted in the Cloud. The rapid growth of cloud computing requires data centers to dramatically scale up in order to handle the oceans ofRead More

Intra-Data Center Optics

Fiber optics are poised to enable network functionality like never before with increased data rates and bandwidth inside the data center.   The need to change the data center network from a hierarchal one to a leaf-spine or more meshed one has arisen from the ever-increasing need for compute and storage access and the useRead More

How to Increase Speed and Efficiency in Data Centers

Cloud computing and bandwidth-intensive applications have made the data center more important than ever, and managers want to squeeze every last bit of performance out of its architecture, even down to the connector level.   In today’s environment, data centers are gaining importance due to the trend of outsourcing access to data (through the Cloud) while continuously supporting bandwidth-intensive applicationsRead More

Sumitomo Lynx2 CustomFit MPOQ8 Splice-On Connector

The Sumitomo Lynx2 CustomFit MPOQ8 Splice-On Connector is the industry’s first eight-fiber QSFP-40G-SR4 MPO splice-on connector for 40G/100G data center connectivity. Sumitomo Electric Lightwave introduced its Lynx2 CustomFit MPOQ8 Splice-On Connector, the industry’s first 8-fiber QSFP-40G-SR4 MPO splice-on connector that facilitates fast and easy 40 and 100GbE data center and enterprise network connectivity with maximum cost savings. CoupledRead More

Network Architecture in the Data Center

Top-of-rack switching has become the norm in data centers. What does that mean for data center connectivity solutions?   With the advent of top-of-rack (ToR) switching and SFP+ direct-attach copper cables, more data centers are able to quickly implement cost-effective 10G-and-beyond connections. ToR designs originally popped up because data center managers ran out of roomRead More

Stewart Connector’s Small-Diameter Cat 6 RJ45 Plugs

Stewart Connector’s small-diameter Cat 6 RJ45 plugs target patch cables in data center applications. Stewart Connector released small-diameter Category 6 RJ45 plugs (SS-39100-039), the newest members of Stewart Connector’s family of parts engineered to support Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T). Designed to meet the requirements of small-diameter patch cables in data center environments, the eight-position, eight-wire, UTP modular plugs terminate mostRead More

Ethernet Data Rate Progression

The debate continues but it is clear that by 2017, we will have a standard for 400G Ethernet. Lisa Huff does a reality check on Ethernet data rate progression over the next five years and the connector companies building prototypes for possible 400G solutions. Computer networks are on the cusp of a revolutionary change. Software-defined networking (SDN)Read More

Cabling in Top-of-the-Rack Architectures

Top-of-the-rack architectures offer a clear access-layer migration path to an optimized high-bandwidth network and cabling facilities architecture that features low capital and operating expenses and supports a “rack-and-roll” computer deployment model that increases business agility. This article is excerpted from a white paper published by Cisco. Forward-looking IT departments are preparing their data centers forRead More

Molex QuatroScale 28Gb/s Silicon Photonics Active Optic Solutions

Molex QuatroScale 28Gb/s Silicon Photonics Active Optic Solutions are modular, low-power, long-reach solutions that support 100, 200, and 400 Gb/s data center designs. As industry demand surges for long-reach, low-power solutions that support next-generation 28Gb/s products and data center applications, Molex Incorporated recently announced plans to unveil a line of QuatroScale active optic solutions designed for 100, 200,Read More

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