Just as important as having an ATCA solution in place that supports current standards is ensuring you have one that’s future proofed for the next generation of technology. The ATCA open standards architecture, which supports increasingly high-bandwidth demands, relies on 40G optical networking. So how does a network manager solve today’s needs while preparing for tomorrow’s?
To answer that question, Jeff Hudgins, vice president of marketing for NEI teamed up with Robert Pettigrew, director of marketing, communications-embedded computing, Emerson Network Power; Jeff Marden, senior architect and technologist in commercial communications, GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (News - Alert); and JP Landry, networking program manager for DTI, for the free Webinar “The Future of 40G and the Reality of 10G ATCA Solutions” – now available via TMCnet’s Webinar archives.
In the Webinar, Hudgins, Pettigrew, Landry and Marden used slides as the backbone for a briefing on new technology advancements, architectural benefits, integration technologies and product developments leading to 40G solutions. The end result is a wealth of knowledge for those who want to learn the different migration paths and ways they can make the best decision based on the needs of their organizations.
“A common question is ‘how do we future proof for the next generation of technology,” Hudgins told attendees, while discussing NEI’s A-13000 10G ATCA solution, which has been tested to work prior to and after 40G arrives.
Recently, NEI’s Hudgins told TMCnet that there’s a myth that 40G is here, when in reality, 40G is coming -- and there are steps that both NEI’s partners and the ecosystem are taking to prepare for that. A mid-2010 early adoption and a late 2010 from a production standpoint, Hudgins said, is the true 40G reality.
“You want to be an early adopter but not necessarily on the bleeding edge ... so through the balance of this year, there will be a lot more activity occurring in 40G future proofing,” Hudgins told TMCnet. “It will still be relatively slow, however. A lot of production today and production going into next year is 10G. For most applications right now, even in the core, 10G is more than sufficient.”
Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Web editor, covering IP hardware and mobility, including IP phones, smartphones, fixed-mobile convergence and satellite technology. She also compiles and regularly contributes to TMCnet's gadgets and satellite e-Newsletters. To read more of Marisa's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri