Disaggregation and breaking up of monolithic systems are supposed to bring flexibility, deliver access to inexpensive products and prevent vendor lock-in. This is why network disaggregation is high on the agenda of cloud and network service providers and why openness as the key catalyst is gaining a lot of interest. 

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It must be something about the autumn air with the leaves falling and the onset of winter where we regularly witness the appearance of new technology. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that Halloween also beckons, as this is a period of transition, encompassing the myth of Samhain and of saying goodbye to our demons whilst beckoning in a new harvest.
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With the increasing demand for cloud-based services, internet content providers (ICPs) are pushing forward with the expansion of their data center clusters. Consequently, the need for simple and highly efficient data center interconnectivity (DCI) is growing to ensure that connectivity between metro-regional facilities doesn’t become a bottleneck.
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High-profile data breaches are back in the headlines, and it is almost certain that the world has not seen the last of these massive hauls of personal information. But so far, at least, most of these attacks have involved exploiting weakness in local network security systems to swipe information lodged in corporate and cloud-based storage systems, otherwise known as data at rest. Increasingly, however, security experts are starting to examine vulnerabilities of data in motion ...

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400Gbit/s is right around the corner for data center switching, with significant implications for how data centers get built and connected. Given cloud customers will be the first to deploy this new speed and the technology behind it and the fact that the cloud will be that much larger in two years, we're discussing a massive inflection point for the market and the vendors that serve it ...



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