On the bleeding edge: Corning's new EDGE8
Corning readies for the future with new EDGE solution
Corning has announced its latest optical cabling innovation for data centres and storage area networks (SAN), the EDGE8 solution.
Driven by increasing adoption of cloud computing and a growing demand for streaming video, data centres and SANs are migrating to faster transmission speeds to find and send data back to consumers as quickly as possible. Corning’s EDGE8 is a data centre connectivity solution available for efficient and cost-effective migration to transmission speeds up to 400 gigabits per second, the company said.
“EDGE8 is meant to support high density applications across all sectors in the enterprise and the carrier space,” says Keith Sullivan, marketing director EMEA at Corning Optical Communications.
EDGE8 is built on the foundation of Corning’s family of EDGE solutions, currently deployed in over 50,000 data centres across 30 countries around the world, according to Corning. “In the last six years our EDGE solutions have been deployed in a large number of data centres including du in the UAE, as well as other enterprises type customers in the region. In Europe we sell the EDGE solutions to a lot of financial institutions such as HSBC and Deutsche Bank” says Sullivan.
EDGE8 comes as fibre deployments replace copper in many data centre installations as demand for higher bandwidth pushes requirements for faster and more efficient cabling. A lot of data centres are today running 10Gbps, predominantly still copper-based, within the cabinet such as between the servers and switches, Sullivan notes. However, for backbone connections between cabinet and cabinet or between data centre and data centre, a lot of organisations are moving towards standards of 40Gbps networks. “The higher performance data centres such as those run by Google, Microsoft and service providers are already installing next generation 100Gbps networks,” Sullivan notes.
EDGE solutions help operators maximise their data centre real estate with optical cables that are light and compact that just one cable can replace as many as 72 copper cables, the company says. Plus, all EDGE solutions are fibre-based, so they consume about a quarter of the power per port of copper, saving money and reducing heat, while reducing overall carbon emissions for a smaller impact on the environment.
The decision to release EDGE8 was brought about by the increase in ports and rise in density of switch blades that the technology providers are starting to bring to the market, says Sullivan. Corning was the first global provider to bring these high density solutions, he adds.