OFC 2019 to Showcase Optical Innovations in Data Center Networks for Key Business Areas

Data Center Summit, technical sessions, plenary speakers and
exhibitor announcements will focus on data center network innovations

SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lt;a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/OSA?src=hash” target=”_blank”gt;#OSAlt;/agt;–As data center traffic grows exponentially from cloud computing and
applications including Artificial Intelligence (AI), data science and
Internet of Things (IoT), the data center landscape is changing rapidly.

, 3-7 March 2019 in San Diego, California, U.S.A., encompasses
the entire ecosystem for data center networking and connectivity,
addressing the needs of service and content providers as well as network
operators, co-location and cloud providers from around the globe.

Optical innovations and optoelectronic integration enable high-speed and
low-cost solutions for data center environments. OFC 2019 will feature
the latest technological advancements that support the drive for
increased efficiency in achieving an optimal user experience.

“For the past several years, OFC has become an increasingly important
show for the data center networking community,” said Alan Weckel,
Founder and Technology Analyst at 650 Group. “Being the first major show
of the year where vendors update their cloud and next-generation
platform strategies, OFC helps set the stage for the rest of 2019. We
expect to see many exciting vendor announcements at this year’s show.”

OFC 2019 will feature world-renowned speakers from top data center
operators presenting on the latest networking architectures, leading
technical experts reporting on advancements and hundreds of exhibitors
demonstrating the latest innovations necessary to meet bandwidth
demands. Organizers have aggregated the more than 60 technical and
business sessions, workshops and short courses that offer content and
training related to data center networks. A comprehensive
schedule-at-a-glance is here.

“Optical technology remains a critical component of data center
networks,” said Gabriella Bosco, Politecnico di Torino, Italy and OFC
General Co-Chair.Recent advances explore ways for these
architectures to operate more cost-effectively, efficiently, and rapidly
and the OFC program draws out emerging opportunities for operators, and
content and service providers.”

Business-focused Sessions

This year’s Data
Center Summit
, Tuesday, 5 March, will feature a keynote from Dave
Temkin, Vice President of Networks, Netflix, USA, who will discuss the
evolution of content delivery. Another session will debate the adoption
and main similarities and differences in open transport architectures
for inter-data center, metro and long-haul optical networks, and review
the most important related innovations that enable the “open” optical
transport evolution.

Three theaters on the show floor will feature technical and business
presentations from industry organizations, including COBO,
and more.


Of the 700+ exhibiting companies at OFC 2019, more than 100 companies
will showcase innovations in all levels of the infrastructure that
impact the network, including: transceivers, routers, switches and
intra- and inter- data center equipment.

Additionally, several multivendor interoperability demonstrations will
be featured on the show floor: OIF will demo Common Electrical
I/O(CEI)-112G, FlexE (Flex Ethernet) and 400ZR; and Ethernet Alliance
will demo 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE), 25GbE, 50GbE, 100GbE and 400GbE
technologies and solutions. Other demonstrations include the Open ROADM
MSA SDN and 100G Coherent Transceivers.

Technical Sessions

A variety of technical sessions will dig deeper into next-gen
technologies such as switching, optical interconnects, coherent systems,
direct detection, architecture, machine learning and more. Register here
for OFC’s premier technical conference.

Training Courses in Data Center Optics

OFC short courses will provide training in data center optics. Topics
range from “New Developments in High-speed Optical Networking: OTN
beyond 100G, 100G/200G/400G Ethernet, Flex Ethernet” to “Inside and In
Between Data Centers” to “High-capacity Data Center Interconnects” and
“Photonic Technologies in the Data Center.”

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION: Attendees may register by visiting ofcconference.org.
Admittance to the exhibit hall is free with Exhibits Pass Plus
Registration. Learn

MEDIA REGISTRATION: Media/analyst registration for OFC 2019
can be accessed online.
Further information is available on the event website at OFC,
including travel details.

About OFC

The Optical Fiber Conference and Exhibition (OFC) is
the largest global conference and exhibition for optical communications
and networking professionals. For more than 40 years, OFC has drawn
attendees from all corners of the globe to meet and greet, teach and
learn, make connections and move business forward.

OFC includes dynamic business programming, an exhibition of more than
700 companies, and high impact peer-reviewed research that, combined,
showcase the trends and pulse of the entire optical networking and
communications industry. OFC is managed by The Optical Society (OSA) and
co-sponsored by OSA, the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE/ComSoc), and
the IEEE Photonics Society. OFC 2019 will be held from 3-7 March 2019 at
the San Diego Convention Center, California, USA. Follow @OFCConference,
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Leah Wilkinson
Wilkinson + Associates for OFC

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