About Alan Weckel

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Alan has been in the networking business for nearly twenty years. He started off working on network design and integration at Raytheon. Recently Alan has been one of the leading market research analysts tracking SDN and data center networking where he is active in creating new market segmentation.

The first few months of 2018 has led to great leaps in the US cloud hyperscalers in terms of deployments and testing of next-generation solutions, such as 400Gbit/s. However, Chinese hyperscalers are building their infrastructure with notable differences, some of which are materializing in the type of equipment being deployed. While this has often been attributed to a technological gap with Western cloud providers, I believe some of the difference is actually driven by physical limitations of the cloud in China. Three major differences have emerged in the past six months ...

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Posted by Alan Weckel on April 26, 2018

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400Gbit/s products for the data center made significant strides at both the OFC and OCP show compared to what was shown just a year ago. During the first few months of 2017, 400Gbit/s became a popular topic for data center networking, but many of the demos were limited in nature with test board demos instead of working products. In 2018, that changed significantly, the technology matured and demonstrations of working products were abundant. We saw multiple system and component vendors demonstrating working systems based on 56Gbit/s SERDES and real optics ...

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The colocation market continues to expand rapidly, driven by a wide range of customers, including hyperscalers, enterprises, telco service providers, cable MSOs, and the Tier 2/3 cloud. In 2017, enterprises moved in significant quantities over to colocation providers in order to have better access to their peers, direct connect to the cloud, flexibility, and to move the non-core expertise of designing and building data centers to someone else ...

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As we start 2018, we see various states joining businesses and other stakeholders in looking to push back on the decision of the FCC's Ajit Pai to kill net neutrality. There have been countless studies showing that internet access, especially high-speed internet access, helps drive GDP growth and that the internet, by its nature, should be something that is consistent and treats all users the same without preferential treatment based on what traffic they are running or whether they pay more for that traffic ...

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2018 will be a year of rapid innovation and product launches for data center networking. We will see seven big technology events and one legislative change in 2018 that will be entry points for new vendors and the market will show a more distinct boundary between enterprise data centers and the cloud ...

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