Presentation at OCP emphasizes cost/performance benefits of “Own the Link” strategy

More than 3,000 key decision makers, executives, engineers, developers and suppliers attended the 2018 Open Compute Project (OCP) US Summit, held March 20 – 21, 2018 at the San Jose Convention Center. This two-day event featured the latest developments and trends for the open hardware ecosystem.

Nexans’ Mike Connaughton was one of several presenters in a networking workshop on optical networking. Other presenters were from Facebook, Intel and NTT.

Facebook spoke on new 100G optics and a new technique that could lead to failure detection.  Intel talked about a new 400G MSA, and Mike talked about the cost and performance optimization benefits of combining the cable and the transceiver together.

In his presentation, Mike emphasized that the physical layer is comprised of more than just cable. He explained that cost analysis should be holistic with cable, connectivity, and optics. Making a whole decision on the link is more efficient than sequential component decisions. Tailored solutions need to be able to be cost-effectively deployed; this can be calculated as $/Gb.

For the approximately 100 attendees at the workshop, mostly data center managers/operators, the Nexans performance/cost concept was very intriguing. “Traditionally, people have looked at the cable and transceiver independently when they make a decision. We believe that it is more advantageous to look at both together. When you combine them, you get a benefit out of performance, and you can look at cost from a different perspective,” says Mike. “We are proposing that the OCP community use our tool to help determine the most cost effective solution from the ever growing list of options.”

If you’d like to watch Mike’s portion of the presentation in action, along with the Q&A session with all of the presenters, you can watch the video on YouTube.

Cost analysis should be holistic with cable, connectivity, and optics, says Mike Connaughton, pictured here at the OCP Summit.

“Traditionally, people have looked at the cable and transceiver independently when they make a decision. We believe that it is more advantageous to look at both together.”

Mike Connaughton, Market Segment Manager, Nexans Data Center Solutions

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