"As the migration of data centre network connectivity towards Leaf and Spine architecture accelerates, operators require innovative interconnect solutions to enable a scalable infrastructure at much better economics", stated Saeid Aramideh, chief marketing and sales officer for Ranovus. "We believe that the application of a multi-channel channel laser source coupled with silicon photonics to enable connectivity in 1550 nm band in QSFP form/factor is a game changer in reducing the data centre fiber plant connectivity cost by 4 to 7 times compared to legacy multi-mode fiber implementations."
The OpenOptics MSA will add additional members to this consortium to achieve a true multi-sourcing supply chain. The key highlights of OpenOptics MSA specification are:
"Our Cloud customers want to deploy data centre infrastructure that allows seamless upgrades to the interconnect just as they do in server, storage and network hardware", stated Shai Cohen, COO of Mellanox Technologies. "With 100G interconnects approaching commercialization in data centres, OpenOptics MSA brings 100G WDM technology to data centre economics, density, power consumption, and 2 km link scalability on single mode fiber infrastructure."
"Data centre needs are accelerating. The growth of cloud data centres poses a triple challenge for technology: first, they need 100G sooner than others, but they also need it to be high-density, low-cost and easy to deploy from the start. The third challenge will be that they will move on quickly to the next speeds of 400G and 1Tb soon", stated Karen Liu, principal analyst with Ovum. "Alignment of industry efforts like OpenOptics MSA will be critical to meet this challenge by bringing WDM and single-mode fiber solutions tailored for data centres."