Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solutions connect one or more data centers often over large geographical distances. Today’s global businesses have more distributed data than ever before. Many factors are contributing to the unprecedented requirements for real time access to, and management of large volumes of data including the growth in Internet traffic, cloud computing, changing data center architectures and shifting geographical needs.
Challenges for Data Center Interconnect solutions include long distances between data centers, different data center capacities, data center security policies, operation and management of multiple interconnects, and finally the cost incurred for Data Center Interconnect solutions.
Data Center Interconnects primarily utilize optical links and a range of Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies including Ethernet over MPLS (a point-to-point technology that uses MPLS to encapsulate Ethernet frames), Virtual Private LAN Service, and even vendor-specific solutions.
Factors that are restraining the Data Center Interconnects market’s growth include the high initial cost of data centers and the current segmentation of solutions based on a variety of deployment models, end-user requirements, enterprise sizes and regional complexities including some governmental regulations.
- *Netronome: Netronome Agilio CX 10, 25 and 40GbE SmartNICs
- Ciena: Waveserver
- Nokia: Cloud Data Center Interconnect (Cloud DCI)