Optical Communication

Three Major Trends for 100G Ethernet

The Ethernet market has grown dramatically over the past few years. Speeding up transmission and expanding the capacity of the data center will help drive this trend. According to IHSInfonetics, 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100G) per second will account for more than 50% of the data center fiber optic transceivers market by 2019. Since 2014, the industry’s revenue has increased by 21% to $ 1.4 billion. As the 100G chip is put into production, and 100G Ethernet market speculation is accelerating. But all this is just speculation; perhaps 100G Ethernet transceiver market will have a revolutionary progress?

  1. Data Center Architecture and Traffic Changes

At present, the fiber industry’s transmission technology reaches gigabits per second (10G) and 40 gigabits per second (40G), which has been around for a long time. These techniques are effective and most people have no objection to this. For most users, the 40G transmission speed is more than enough. The problem of data transmission in the data center becomes apparent. Internet content providers and enterprises in the cloud data on the scale and traffic will continue to grow.

Cisco Systems predicts that Internet data (IP) traffic in the global data center will grow at an annual rate of 31 percent over the next five years. The way people use the Internet changes to make this growth. Cloud computing data volume is growing, the global mobile device access to video social media content data more and more.

Data center construction is increasing, which requires a better data management solution. The influx of traffic has led to changes in the way in which the three-tier network and other changing information flows through the data center movement (ie, a combination of user interfaces, data processors, and database management systems). Newer technologies allow parallel processing and can transfer more data. The Internet is becoming more and more complexed, and websites need more interconnection. The architecture of the data center is changing, focusing more on the integration nodes and increasing the bandwidth. Obviously, 100G will become the new standard for higher bandwidth and smarter data center architecture.

  1. 10G Cannot Meet the Growing Needs of the Enterprise Network

Some large data centers have been switched. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has recently switched to 100G technologies, delivered via the Brocade MLXE router. The data center includes 56 11G ports, all equipped with its efficiency to achieve the highest priority of the switch. Traditionally, the data center will rely on 10G multiple bundles of transmission, requiring link aggregation, and resulting in suboptimal and inefficient load balancing.

This is the 100G useless. It releases space, minimizes data aggregation, and significantly improves overall efficiency. As the size of the enterprise grows and the demand for data becomes more complex, the 100G will provide them with the urgency of bandwidth and efficiency. Companies with four or five 10G ports have witnessed their database growth and may find switching to more affordable and scalable 100G ports. Of course, this is driven by the cost and the resources of the enterprise.

  1. The Continuous Development of CMOS Technology Will Make 100 G Become Mainstreams

With the evolution of 10G technology, 100G technology into the mainstream before it takes some time to develop transceiver technology, when it began to use, the cost is expensive, requires a lot of power. With the passage of time, advances in chip technology have reduced more costs and the emergence of various energy-saving technologies. This is exactly 100G technology in the market to win the reasons, and the use of CMOS technology to become the industry standard. Because the use of CMOS architecture will make it faster, while using less power.

Once the technology is mature, the 100G system architecture can save more power and provide up to 10 times the speed. At present, Cisco and Brocade Communications Systems sell 100G switches and routers at the enterprise level. But the average cost per port of its switch is $ 2,500, which means that companies using 100G network to pay a high price. However, with the development of CMOS technology, the creation of these systems will become easier and more affordable. Many optical communication manufacturers, like Gigalight, launched various kinds of 100G products, such as 100G QSFP28. These systems will reduce costs, reduce data center size and power requirements, and make 100G applications mainstream.

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