Optical Data Center Interconnect: Hot and Highly Competitive
As we get ready to travel to San Diego, California, for the 2018 OFC Conference and Exhibition March 11–15, I have been reflecting on the data center interconnect (DCI) market and thinking about what we might see at OFC this year.
Although the overall optical networking market struggled through the first three quarters of 2017, the optical DCI use-case, specifically the small form factor (SFF) appliance (pizza-box) category, continues to be one of the hottest growth segments in optical networking. Total optical DCI revenue has grown by over 24% y-y through the first three quarters of 2017 with the SFF appliance category increasing at a blistering 81% y-y. Optical DCI now represents over 17% of high-speed optical spending in the metro and long-haul markets.
Technical Conference:11 – 15 March 2018
Exhibition:13 – 15 March 2018
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA