In our bumper 60-page Autumn issue we pick out some of the event highlights and look in-depth at one of the biggest issues facing the industry at present – datacentre connectivity. It’s not just about connectivity within the datacentre anymore; the prospect of 5G and IoT rollouts is spawning datacentres of all sizes, from hyperscale to portable container-based datacentres in an attempt, among other things, to reduce latency at the user end. Indeed, bringing networks closer to the edge and deploying many smaller distributed data centres seems the most viable solution to the problem of latency, writes Huber + Suhner’s Andreas Sila.
Regular contributor Ellen Manning takes a look at how datacentre developments have impacted on cable and connector design as the fi bre count goes up and the cables get smaller. Still on the subject of connectivity, Antony Savvas looks at the market arena around both the spread of hyperscale datacentre connectivity through the likes of AWS, Microsoft and Google, and distributed edge datacentres that will better support 5G, IoT, driverless cars and AI applications. Indeed, the rising fibre count is having implications in other parts of the industry, as MicroCare’s Jay Tourigny explains. Along with the usual industry news and a look at past and upcoming industry events and a very personal conversation with Germain Lamonde, EXFO’s founder and Executive Chairman, there’s something for everyone in this issue.
Read online now or pick up a copy at ECOC 2019 in Dublin next week.