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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Fiber Mountain, Big Switch Networks, IHS

January 31, 2015

The lead of this week's Transforming Network Infrastructure news comes off the heels of what M.H. Raza, the CEO of network infrastructure developer Fiber Mountain, said about the current state of networking. His comments to Rich Tehrani, TMC's own CEO, at the ITEXPO 2015 in Miami underscore one of the most pressing network-based issues of our time: Can our current, traditional methods of networking sustain user demand for bandwidth?

While the answer to that question is a resounding “no,” Raza assured Tehrani that all we need to do is “fundamentally look at networks differently.” Fiber Mountain is looking at networking differently with its Glass Core system that uses fiber optic connectivity and software-defined networking in place of core switches. This is similar to what Big Switch Networks is doing over at its headquarters. It announced this week that the latest version of its hyperscale networking product, Big Cloud Fabric 2.5, comes with a number of additional options that will increase users' choices for controlling their networks in the cloud. The biggest part of the announcement is that the Big Cloud Fabric now can integrate with VMWare's vCenter virtualization software and Dell Open Networking switches. Interoperability with those packages also comes with updated support for VMWare vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM, and Citrix XenServer virtual environments and support for CloudStack and Citrix CloudPlatform.

Speaking as a prediction for the months to come in the networking market, Douglas Murray, the CEO of Big Switch Networks, said his company's dedication to improving its network infrastructure would allow hyperscale networking adoption to grow. Adoption of such products will certainly become necessary if Raza's indication that current methods of networking are unsustainable.

The inner workings of networks are not the only elements that will drive sales for network products. Companies are also highly interested power supplies and other peripheral network equipment, research firm IHS recently noted in the 2015 edition of its annual IT Racks and Enclosures Report. It said it expects global shipments of its racks and enclosures to grow by 2.9 percent in the coming year. Furthermore, it said it expects revenue associated with those shipments to grow 4.4 percent. Sales should hinge on products such as uninterruptable power supplies, cooling equipment, and power distribution units. This week's news goes to show that enterprises care about the way in which their servers connect to each other and the ways in which the physical units operate. With all the latest tech combined into one, businesses can expect significant savings on the efficiency of their systems and the quality of products that end-users (consumers and enterprise employees) experience.

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