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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Google, Lumentum, Wistron

March 19, 2016

News on the Transforming Network Infrastructure front this week was a grab bag of data center hyperscale, fiber optics, and storage topics.

Transforming Network Infrastructure contributor Peter Scott offered up a posting about how while Amazon, Facebook and Google initiated the drive toward hyperscale data centers, smaller firms can benefit from such infrastructure too. Scott cites Gartner research that shows that spending with smaller original device manufacturers is on the increase. “In the fourth quarter, ODMs such as Wistron created more than $750 million in revenue and more than 170,000 in server units shipped,” Scott notes.

Speaking of hyperscale data centers, Transforming Network Infrastructure contributor Michelle Amodio this week wrote about how Google has joined Facebook’s Open Compute Project. As I noted in a posting earlier this week, OCP was initiated by Facebook because the company couldn’t find in the marketplace the solutions it needed to work at hyperscale, so it started to build the hardware and software solutions it needed itself and in partnership with other companies.

Rory Lidstone, contributing writer for Transforming Network Infrastructure, looked at what JDSU spinoff Lumentum’s new 100G transceiver portfolio.

Web editor Maurice Nagle highlighted results from a new poll on storage and companies and the storage market. About half of the poll’s respondents said they are in a wait-and-see mode regarding new investments in storage given the array of storage technology choices available to them. While the poll indicates that some companies are on the fence for the moment related to storage, Nagle also cites a 451 Research study indicating that more than 30 percent of enterprises are planning for a major server and storage refresh in 2016.

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