Where will the next optical network innovation appear?

June 20, 2014

Guest Author: Stephen Hardy, Editorial Director, Lightwave

With bandwidth demand growing continuously, optical communications must assume an even more central role in carrier, enterprise, and data center networks alike. Yet merely addressing capacity requirements isn’t enoughLightwave to meet the needs of the network manager. Optical technology must become less expensive, less power hungry, more efficient, more flexible, and more economical to deploy. That means innovation in fiber optics – and in the electronics that support optical transmission – is more important than ever.

To explore where this innovation is needed, what it must look like, and when we might see it, Lightwave has created the Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit, which will take place this July 14-16 in Austin, TX.

The Summit will gather experts from the technology development, user, analyst, and academic worlds to describe, debate, and – with luck – agree upon the most fruitful paths for optical innovation. We’ve organized our panels and presentations into two tracks, with one focused on Carrier Network Innovation, and the other on Enterprise and Data Center Innovation. The emphasis will be on interaction, both among the panelists and with our attendees.

The Carrier Innovation track will cover topics such as the state of Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching, transport SDN, the road to 1-Tbps networks, creating more flexibility networks, IP/optical convergence, access networks, and more. Attendees of the Enterprise and Data Center Innovation track will participate in discussions of rack-to-rack and intra-rack connectivity, data center design, network security, private networks, Ethernet advances, and other points of interest.

Our panelist and presenter list carries a lot of big names: Verizon, AT&T, XO Communications, Facebook, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Ciena, Alcatel-Lucent – and, of course, PMC, who proposed the State of 100G OTN Switched Optical Networks in North America panel set for Tuesday, July 15 featuring AT&T, Ciena and Verizon. You can find the full list of presenters via the hyperlink above.

To prepare you for the conference program, our partner Light Brigade will offer a workshop for each track on July 14. Fujitsu Network Communications will also sponsor a series of workshops in between our conference sessions that are free to all attendees.

Speaking of free, the exhibit area will be available to all at no charge. There you’ll see many of the technologies discussed in the conference in action. We’ll have special demo areas set aside for such high-interest topics as 100-Gbps and 400-Gbps transmission strategies. The exhibit hall also will be the location of our Opening Reception June 15. And if you’re still in the mood to party after that, we’ll enable you to answer for yourself the most-asked question about the Summit: Why Austin in July? We’ll offer shuttle buses to and from downtown Austin all night long.

The Lightwave Optical Innovation Summit offers an unmatched opportunity to participate in focused discussions of optical technology development and deployment requirements. But July 14-16 is coming up fast – and the deadline to lock in a guaranteed low room rate at the event host Austin Renaissance Hotel is approaching even more quickly. It’s June 23 – so the time to act is now. I look forward to seeing you in Austin this July!

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