ProLabs launches low-cost transceiver range for data centres

Created June 18, 2020
Technologies and Products

ProLabs has released its latest portfolio of low-cost QSFP28 CWDM4-LITE transceivers that the company says allows data centres to achieve 100Gbps speeds with unparalleled reliability. Designed to meet the relaxed Open Compute (OCP) specification in contrast to the more stringent CWDM4 (Coarse Wave Division Multiplexing 4) standard, ProLabs says new range of transceivers offers a more accessible price point for data centres and providers of all sizes, helping reduce inventory holding and upgrade expenses – while ensuring they are ready to meet the demands of the future.

“Our CWDM4-LITE transceivers are not only capable of expanding a network’s reach and high-speed capabilities, but they are also available when you need them,” says Ray Hagen, global product line manager at ProLabs. “Offering complete interoperability and compatibility with leading Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), this solution has been proven to minimise lead times and effectively upgrade networks without sacrificing capabilities – providing fully interoperable, high-quality, low-cost CWDM4-LITE solutions for data centres short reach needs.”

He added, “With consumer needs rising exponentially, the costs of future-proofing networks can prevent much-needed upgrades for those with limited budgets. For example, data centres cabled with OM3 multi-mode fibre designed to reach 100 meters with 100Gbps must contemplate whether to re-cable to OM4 multi-mode fibre or make the leap to single-mode fibre in order to meet the rising demands.”

ProLabs says that demand for high speeds and around the clock reliability continues to drive data centre operators to invest in their infrastructure. ProLabs’ new low-cost, high-performance solutions – the QSFP28 CWDM4-LITE transceivers – vow to future-proof networks while minimising upgrade costs and investments.

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.