Posts about Data Center Operators

Network requirements across the distributed enterprise are becoming more complex. From server-to-server mesh fabrics to long-haul virtual networks, applications are demanding more speed, more flexibility and more reliability. At the same time, enterprises, cloud providers and even metro carriers are tasked with driving down the cost of network expansion and operations, which is accomplished largely by streamlining infrastructure and making more use of available bandwidth ...
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As mentioned in my last post, data center interconnect (DCI) is a growing market for the entire optical value chain – from carriers to optical component suppliers. Standard OTN, DWDM, Carrier Ethernet or legacy SONET/SDH platforms alone cannot address the high-bandwidth, low-power, low-cost and high-density demands of DCI. As a result, many network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) have developed specific solutions to address it. Some of the most common solutions are described below ...
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For this post I met up with DartPoints CTO Satya Baddipudi to discuss where best to locate virtual functions, when NFV will hit the mainstream and how a software approach to service chaining can replace the “conga line” of devices. Prayson: Satya, could you start off by telling me a little about your company's role in the NFV transformation? Satya: At DartPoints we had been taking a cautiously optimistic view of the NFV technology, and now we’re moving to be one of the early adopters. Most of our deployments are greenfield, which is a little different from the other ISPs and CSPs. This enables us to be receptive to new technologies and innovations, wherever it ...
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Today the network operator industry descends on San Diego for NANOG 66. Carriers, vendors and other industry players will convene to share insights with one another on how to run a massive global IP network, as well as get a much needed shot of Vitamin D from some early Spring California sunshine. Standing here at NANOG reminds me of the last time I was in America’s Finest City when I got to pay another visit to San Diego’s world-renowned zoo. I’m sure that carriers and business customers attending the conference looking for DCI solutions will find it’s every bit as noisy and colourful as a wildlife exhibit ...
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If there's one thing that can be said about the emerging distributed data environment, it's that it will be chaotic. At the moment, most long-haul connections between data centers and remote sites are built for largely predictable workloads: a daily data dump or at least semi-regular file transfers of reasonable size. As the enterprise gravitates toward multi-cloud infrastructure, however, the wide area network will take on more of the characteristics of the local area network: rapid, dynamic interchanges of data and applications that can wreak havoc on capacity planning, bandwidth management and other functions. Part of the solution to this problem is the data center interconnect (DCI), which provides broadband connectivity over great distances, usually on optical transport. But simply building a wider pipe is not enough. In order to gain optimal efficiency, the DCI will also have to scale dynamically to suit this constantly shifting mix of traffic ...
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