Optical interconnects, 400G/Terabit Ethernet and Data Centers: Market Forecast 2017-2026


This report will the latest in the series reports that CIR has published over the past 25 years on fiber optics in the data center. It covers where the opportunities can be found for optical interconnect at the rack and rack-to-rack level, as well as in server clusters. The data rate requirements in the data center are increasing rapidly and this report will identify and quantify the opportunities for deploying short-reach fiber to support the latest IB, FC and especially Ethernet standards. As usual with CIR reports, this study includes a granular ten-year forecast with breakouts by type of interconnect, connector technology, fiber type, length of cable, networking standards, MSA and location in the network, etc. In developing this forecast and analysis, we take into consideration how energy costs, the need for network security and content development will drive the demand for optical interconnection. And we also offer an assessment of the product/market strategies of key optical interconnect firms and the equipment firms that are beginning to deploy the new optical interconnect technology at the rack level. In addition to the analysis of the optical hardware, this report also discusses the important software and issues surrounding shifting to 400 Gbps in the data center. These include novel modulation, transmitter and receiver designs, optimal packaging and how low power consumption will be achieved.

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