Come back beginning in June for information on the 2014 Conference, meanwhile enjoy a retrospective look at the 2013 Conference.
Optical Networking: The Cloud and Data Centers
If you are providing cloud services or building data centers you will want to know what technologies are on the horizon. And OFC/NFOEC is where the entire optical networking industry gathers to exchange cutting-edge information.
Only one conference and exposition in the world brings you the thought leaders and solutions providers taking data, communications and IT infrastructure beyond what you ever thought possible.
The need for the next gen networks and the introduction of SDN is creating a buzz in optical networking and infrastructure. What will be the outcome? Join the experts as they present all aspects of this topic.
Free programming on the show floor to all registered attendees
With Exhibits Pass Plus free registration, you get unparalleled education focused on providing real life solutions to your current business challenges. Three exhibit hall theaters feature presentations by experts from major global brands and key industry organizations. Get high-level takes on hot topics. Learn about the state of the industry, emerging trends, and recommended courses of action for how to tackle today’s toughest business challenges. And access over 100 exhibitors in Communications Equipment and Networks on the show floor.
Data centers and super data centers have experienced rapid development in recent years. Low-cost, high-speed pluggable optics, such as CXP, CFP, CFP2, CFP4, etc., are in high demand for intra-data center connections. Photonic integrated circuits and silicon photonics have attracted a lot of attention for highly integrated modules and devices. What is the latest industry status? When will 100G pluggable optics become dominant? What is the outlook for the next five years? Speakers from Cisco, Finisar, Oclaro, Juniper and Google.
After 10G non start and 40G test water for IPoWDM, packet optical is coming back with 100G using coherent solution. What will be the major benefit for packet optical convergence? Are there clear paths specified by standards? Router companies are adding integrated optics on routers while transport companies are adding MPLS/packet features on transport equipment. Is there a clear market? Speakers from Microsoft, Google, Juniper and more.
Keynote presentation by Joe Weinman, Sr. Vice President Cloud Services & Strategy, Telx
The economics of the cloud—Cloudonomics—helps achieve a variety of business results: cost reduction and business agility, but also customer intimacy, product leadership, operational excellence, and accelerated innovation. To achieve these, emerging architectures such as hybrid clouds are driving new network technologies, next generation distributed fabrics, and increasingly intelligent and optimizing network services.
There is no build it and they will come economic revival happening in the networks. Capital $$s are still very tight and Service Providers need to squeeze as much revenue as possible from their assets and will only invest in new infrastructure that will deliver revenue payback in a short window. Analytics can make a lot of user information available to the Service Providers. Can it help target new revenue sources and enable better services and user experience yet still protect the privacy of subscribers? Are Big Data Analytics a curse or a Goldmine? What are the Service Providers doing to try and obtain more revenues out of their infrastructure? Is the strategy working? Speakers from Sprint, Level 3 and more.
Cloud computing already has widespread impact across how we access today’s applications, resources, and data. Yet, many issues around cloud computing need to be addressed, including, but not limited to, security, reliability, architecture, and economics. During this CCI-sponsored session, special attention will be given to current capabilities and future visions for the role of optical technologies and solutions to help solve these challenges, including the impact of cloud computing on network infrastructures, ways to deal with the exponential increase in the number of network-connected devices, the use of reconfigurable networks that allocate resources as needed, standards as an enabler of cloud interoperability, and the role of software-defined networking (SDN) and programmable infrastructures that are cheaper and simpler to manage than current networks. Speakers from Ciena, Stanford, Verizon and more.
Panel 1: Trends in Interconnects & Integration: Chasing Electrical to Optical Conversion
Moderator: Greg McSorley, Technical Business Development Manager, Amphenol
Technology sub-topics include: Adoption of Parallel Fiber; Direct Attach Cables; and Optical Backplanes
Panel 2: The Need for Speed
Moderator: Scott Kipp, Senior Technologist, Brocade
Technology sub-topics include: 400GE CFI ongoing; Bandwidth Ad Hoc results; Adoption Rate of 40G/100G; Bandwidth Growth and the Next Speed of Ethernet |
Join Juniper Networks, Industry Analysts, service providers and vendors as we examine how to monetize cloud services. Given the potential for significant cost savings, enterprises large and small are adopting cloud technologies and services. Service providers are uniquely positioned to play an important role in this emerging market as they possess one if the most important assets that enable clouds -Their network! Speakers in this session will discuss the market opportunities and business models, and will explore what role Software Defined Networking and Optical Transport will play in enabling these cloud networks.
SDN (Software Defined Networking) is the hottest topic the industry has seen since the explosion of optical networking in the late 1990s. The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) is working towards solving issues, relying heavily on its carrier members - some of whom are among the world’s largest, to identify the key requirements and building blocks for the development and deployment of interoperable optical networking solutions and services.
SDN plays a role in transport networking and the OIF, with its carrier and vendor members, is uniquely positioned to address the key carrier requirements for SDN in optical/transport environments. This session will feature a carrier OIF member addressing the drivers for carrier SDN in optical/transport networks.
This session takes a look at the primary drivers for the large service providers point of view into SDN. These include economic as well as operational drivers. Features speakers from Microsoft, Verizon, Infinera, Cisco and more.
Monday, March 18, 2013 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Organizers: Laurent Schares, IBM, USA; Loukas Paraschis, Cisco, USA; Ali Ghiasi, Broadcom, USA; George Papen, Univ. of California at San Diego, USA
In this workshop, leading experts will debate which emerging optical technologies and networking concepts will have the greatest impact in the design and operations of next-generation data centers. Datacenter operators and system OEMs will discuss how new optically-enabled architectures and (software-defined?) network multi-layer control planes could address potential bandwidth and latency bottlenecks.
Optical technology developers will debate in a second part how to best implement upcoming photonic building blocks into the data center network infrastructure. More specifically, can bandwidth-density, power and cost requirements be met with pluggable transceivers in the 100-400 Gb/s era? With single switch bandwidth rapidly scaling to the multi-Tb/s range and approaching the bandwidth-density limit of standard rack-mount chassis, is there a need to place optics either on the switch/server boards or even in the package? Will future large datacenters employ a single on-board interconnect technology – such as VCSEL-based multimode or Silicon Photonics-based single mode fiber – or will there be an intermix of optical on-board or even higher density pluggable solutions?
Mehdi Asghari, Kotura, USA
Andy Bechtolsheim, Arista, USA
Adam Carter, Cisco, USA
Marc Cohn, Ciena, USA
Chris Cole, Finisar, USA
Peter De Dobbelaere, Luxtera, USA
Mitch Fields, Avago, USA
Tom Issenhuth, Microsoft, USA
Ashok Krishnamoorthy, Oracle, USA
Marc Taubenblatt, IBM, USA