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Fiber Mountain Finalist for 2015 Best of Interop Award

April 13, 2015

Back in ancient Greece the renowned story teller Aesop wrote his famous fable, The Ass and His Purchaser.  This fable is the source of the saying, “You are known by the company you keep.” This certainly applies to Transforming Network Infrastructure Community host Cheshire, Connecticut-based Fiber Mountain.  

Last week Interop Las Vegas announced the category finalists for its Best of Interop awards. Twenty-seven companies were selected as finalists in nine categories with three for each category. In the Data Center category Fiber Mountain was selected by a panel of distinguished IT journalist and analysts for its Glass Core™ solution. 

This is all the more interesting considering Fiber Mountain is rightfully seen as an innovative alternative to Cisco; its competition in the category are Cisco’s ITD (Intelligent Traffic Director) and the Cisco UCS Mini. 

 “We strongly believe that spine-and-leaf network architectures are limited and will not be able to keep up with expansion in data centers,” said Fiber Mountain CEO, M.H. Raza. “Our Glass Core architecture eliminates or reduces switches to simplify the network, increases capacity and significantly reduces latency, power consumption, heat dissipation, space and maintenance costs. We are delighted with the recognition provided by Interop judges in selecting us as a finalist for a Best of Interop award.”

In terms of the capabilities that enabled Fiber Mountain to be selected as a finalist, it should be noted that the company’s Glass Core is based on an optical network that can connect any port from a server or storage rack to any other port directly across the Glass Core, with what is stated as being the industry’s lowest latency. Glass Core infrastructure is comprised of fiber optic connections using high fiber count connectors and the AP-4240 Optical Path Exchange (OPX).  A key part of the architecture is the Fiber Mountain Alpine Orchestration System (AOS) which configures connectivity in the Glass Core using Programmable Light Paths (PLP), which are software controlled port-to-port direct connections.

“We extend a big congratulations to Fiber Mountain and all Best of Interop finalists on the success of their new products and positive impact on business efficiency,” said Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. “These are the types of advancements that define the future of IT, and we’re excited for Interop attendees to be able to experience them firsthand in the Expo.”

All of the award categories are extremely competitive.  Winners will be announced April 28 at 5:30 PM.  While obviously it is very gratifying and extremely praiseworthy to be a finalist, it will be interesting to see for each of the categories whom the judges decide should be the companies you keep. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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