Ethernet Innovation the Focus of Nexans Presence at OFC

Nexans joined other industry leaders in March for a panel discussion at OFC, the world’s leading optical networking and communication conference and exhibition, to forecast the future of Ethernet interoperability. The take-away: the flexibility of Ethernet encourages innovation in Layer 1 network cabling design.

The session, titled “Interoperability – The Foundation of Ethernet Success,” addressed the evolution of developments in Ethernet interoperability testing and the adoption of new practices that accelerate seamless integration for all participants in the ecosystem. According to the Ethernet Alliance, interoperability is becoming a critical factor for meeting product deployment schedules, reducing post-sales support issues, and ensuring that customer expectations are exceeded.

Representing Nexans Data Center Solutions, Applications Engineer Rakesh Sambaraju offered the company’s perspective on how Ethernet interoperability is enabling different optical architectures and new ways to approach cabling decisions based on total cost of ownership.

“We presented a number of innovative cabling solutions that are possible due to the flexible nature of Ethernet,” says Rakesh. “Based on the reception, I’d say the Ethernet Alliance and the attendees really appreciated our unique perspective on cabling and its importance to Ethernet’s functionality.”

Rakesh says the panel also reviewed the challenges of testing the wide range of Ethernet speeds, and the impact of emerging, mission-critical applications utilizing legacy and new 50 gigabit Ethernet and higher-speed networks. Nexans was joined on the panel by highly respected experts from Cisco, Intel and Viavi.

At the Ethernet Alliance demo held on the OFC exhibit floor, Nexans also presented its mesh fiber shuffle assembly. Twenty other companies participated in the demonstration of state-of-the-art technologies.

“Our experiences at OFC confirmed the importance of a total cost of ownership tool for 100G/400G applications, says Rakesh. “Our goal to launch a mesh assembly product line seems to be right in line with the industry’s needs.

“All our activities at OFC focused attention on our key belief: that Ethernet is flexible, and therefore there is room for different media and design options,” he adds. “But a component-based approach is simply not efficient. Performance and cost must be considered holistically.”

“We presented a number of innovative cabling solutions that are now possible due to the flexible nature of Ethernet. Based on the reception, I’d say the Ethernet Alliance and the attendees really appreciated our unique perspective on cabling solutions and its importance to Ethernet’s functionality.”

Rakesh Sambaraju, Applications Engineer - Nexans Data Center Solutions

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