Are 100GE transceivers suitable for an aggregation switch?

By the end of 2015, 100GE equipment will be widely deployed and will not only become a significant portion of telecom core routers, but will also be found in aggregation switches. It will perform in “bump in the wire” DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) applications as high-end firewalls, low full interception, and QoE  (Quality of Experience) service management. As with new standards in general, we need to ask, “What will be the ultimate form factor of the optical transceiver that can deliver this new standard, and can it support a wide variety of…

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What is the 100GE ATCA switch that we need today?

Though chassis and backplane vendors have announced support for 100Gb/s over the backplane (100GE), it does not appear that this capability will be required in the immediate future. In fact, it might be overkill for the time being. Just recently, Intel announced the general availability of the Fortville, a 40GE (and not nearly a 100GE) NIC, while other chipset vendors are not even able to deliver Fortville’s level of throughput. Furthermore, even if NICs are able to offer full 40GE backplane ports, this does not assure us that applications can…

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