The promise of affordable optics in the data center is changing how we think about network architectures, making possible a new class of low-latency, high-bandwidth transport. In this installment of DemoFriday™, Plexxi and Calient demonstrate how network architects can use real-time flow information to drive network optimization in hybrid packet-optical data centers.
Dynamic Packet-Optical Data Center Architecture Demo Synopsis: Plexxi and Calient
Plexxi brings SDN principles to a shipping data center product. This demonstration showcases Plexxi’s optically connected switches built around a controller-based architecture. CALIENT, which specializes in photonic switching, argues that the highest-bandwidth loads with the lowest-latency requirements need something fundamentally different from traditional switching architectures. The company marries photonics with 3D MEMS circuit switching fabrics to deliver a product that promises massively scalable bandwidth, small form factor, low power consumption, and ease of use.
By combining a programmable network and 3D optical MEMS technology, Plexxi and CALIENT produce a hybrid packet-optical data center that can scale out existing packet networks with an optical circuit switch (OCS) network. Plexxi’s Simon McCormack, director of product management; Andre Viera, Plexxi product manager; and Calient’s Daniel Tardent, vice president of marketing, demonstrate how real-time data harvested from Boundary’s application performance monitoring solution can be used to dynamically offload large flows onto the optical fabric. The demo and presentation cover:
- Why the hybrid packet-optical data center network
- Automatic host discovery
- Defining conversations using Plexxi’s affinity construct
- Using the Plexxi controller to harvest flow information from Boundary’s APM product
- Setting up an optical circuit using Calient’s S320
- Dynamically offloading large flows to the Calient optical circuit switch based on real-time data from Boundary
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