Given that the term web-scale was coined barely two years ago, it is surprising how quickly it has come to dominate the conversation in the optical networking industry. The requirements of web-scale operators like Facebook, Google and Microsoft are increasingly front and centre at events like OFC 2015, which was held in Los Angeles, California, in March.
CableLabs is spearheading efforts to develop a proposal that uses coherent optics to dramatically boost the capacity of hybrid fibre coaxial networks, reports Andy Extance
Systems vendors are using intelligent software to squeeze more performance from optical networks. Pauline Rigby reports on developments at OFC 2017