Hyperscale and large cloud data centers tend to be early adopters that shape the industry, with their practices ultimately becoming the standard for data center design and deployment. Current connectivity trends within these spaces are supporting the need to quickly and cost-effectively ramp up capacity in response to emerging technologies and the demand for high-speed, low-latency performance in the evolving digital economy and COVID-19 world.
Webinar: Increasing fiber optic port density is a crucial requirement for hyperscale data centers because space is at a premium – yet new traffic creates demands for more fiber ports at a blistering pace. Data center operators often cannot expand floor space in their data centers, so the only answer is to increase port density in the rack.
Increasing fiber optic port density is a crucial requirement for hyperscale data centers because space is at a premium – yet new traffic creates demands for more fiber ports at a blistering pace. Data center operators often cannot expand floor space in their data centers, so the only answer is to increase port density in the rack.
The high demand for technologies for faster FO data transmission in hyperscale data centers has triggered a whole range of developments. The manufacturer consortia – called MSAs (Multi-Source Agreements) – are working at high pressure on new specifications, which focus on the roadmap from 400 to 800 Gigabit Ethernet (800G). The cloud industry is waiting for new, faster optical connectivity. It is expected that cloud companies will need usable 800G modules by 2023-2024 to be able to increase the transmission performance in their data centers.
Arguably the biggest challenge for hyperscalers is continuity and, by association, reliability. New findings generated by a survey from Uptime Institute revealed that over 10% of all respondents said their most recent reportable outage cost them more than $1m in direct and indirect costs. On March 13th, 2019, Facebook suffered its worst-ever outage, affecting the estimated 2.7 billion users of its core social network, Instagram and messaging applications, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. By extrapolating the company’s 2018 revenue figures, CCN estimated that the blackout could have cost Facebook up to $90 million in lost revenue based on an income of $106,700 per minute. With so many businesses relying on hyperscale data centers to provide the IT backbone to their operations, any downtime can have a substantial impact and sometimes catastrophic ramifications.
Major cloud providers are having trouble getting basic components for new data centers so they’ve put off some construction plans, but they have enough surplus capacity already to ride out the problem. Limiting construction are a scarcity of fiber optics, batteries, and racks.
Join AFL for our three-part webinar series that addresses How High Count Fiber Optics Power Today’s Hyperscale Market.
The webinars will take place over sessions and cover the following topics: Hyperscale market applications, Hyperscale solutions and future technology developments. The series starts on May 5.
High-powered computer-industry players, government entities and universities are teaming up to further technology that can be used in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The idea is to meld the high-performance computing systems supported by consortium members to let researchers run massive amounts of epidemiology, bioinformatics, and molecular modeling calculations. These experiments would take years to complete if worked by hand, or months if handled on slower, traditional computing platforms, according to IBM.
Just as the stage is set for 400G Ethernet (GbE) to roll out in force later this year, mainly in hyperscale, telco and large data-center networks, there is a call to boost that speed to 800GbE or even higher in the coming years.The need for increased speed in data centers and cloud services speeds is driven by many things including the continued growth of hyperscale networks from players like Google, Amazon and Facebook, but also the more distributed and mobile workloads modern networks support. But the reality on the ground is that much lower speeds are what’s commonly in use.
To help network operators stay ahead of bandwidth needs driven by 5G, AI and hyperscale data centers, Corning has announced a series of smaller, denser additions to its portfolio of long-haul fiber and cable innovations, including the world’s first smaller-form-factor submarine and terrestrial long-haul fibers in a 200-micron diameter.