OIDA Releases 2013 Data Center Workshop Report

Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

OIDA Releases 2013 Data Center Workshop Report

WASHINGTON, May 13, 2013—The Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA) today announced the release of a new report  titled “Future Needs of ‘Scale-Out’ Data Centers: An OIDA Workshop for Stakeholders,” summarizing  the output of a workshop co-hosted by OIDA, The Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN), and the U.S. National Science Foundation.
The workshop, collocated with OFC/NFOEC 2013 in Anaheim, Calif., brought together key stakeholders from Google, Microsoft, Facebook, IBM, Finisar, and more to gain perspective from end-users, system vendors, and component suppliers on the future of interconnected data centers, distributed switches, disaggregation of servers, and other innovations that will all rely on greater use of optical technologies.
Participants’ key findings are presented in the new report, which was written by market research firm Ovum, will be used for planning research requirements, standards-setting, funding decisions, and other industry- and government-wide efforts. The report includes:
  • An updated look at the data center roadmap through the year 2022
  • Market and technology trends for data center architectures and components
  • Projected rate of growth over the next decade for transceivers
  • Key takeaways from presentations by leaders in the growing market
Additional materials not presented at the workshop have also been included in the report in order to clarify or reinforce discussion topics.
“Through these discussions, we’ve found data center operators are successfully using standard or derivative optical products and upgrading their architectures on short time scales—months to years—but there is some doubt in the industry whether there is sufficient investment in component manufacturing for longer-range solutions,” said workshop organizer Tom Hausken, OSA’s senior advisor for engineering and applications. “The participants provided us with their candid perspectives on long-term resolutions for the industry, and OIDA is pleased to provide the optics community with this important resource.”
For more information about the report, visit the OIDA website.

About OIDA

Founded in 1991, OIDA is a Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes the optoelectronics industry.  Affiliated with the Optical Society (OSA) since 2011, OIDA members and customers include the leading manufacturers of components and systems enabled by optoelectronics, as well as government labs and research institutions involved in the development of optoelectronic technologies. OIDA serves as the voice of industry to government and academia, acts as liaison with other industry associations worldwide, and provides a network for the exchange of ideas and information within the optoelectronics community. Learn more about OIDA at www.oida.org.