As you may already know from reading Bill’s recent post, several members of the Fiber Mountain team recently made the cross-country journey from Cheshire, Connecticut, to Interop, taking place in Las Vegas. I was looking forward to this year’s show as much as any I can remember, due in part to our nomination for a Best of Interop Award, and because of the announcements we planned to make.
Interop was truly a landmark event for us, as we introduced several critical elements of our Glass Core network architecture. We announced the AP-4240 Optical Path Exchange (OPX), an optical cross-connect that provides dense fiber paths, enabling point-to-point or point-to-multipoint connectivity anywhere on the network. OPX creates Connectivity Virtualization, the capability to modify fiber connections via software without any human hands touching equipment in the data center. We also talked in-depth about our Alpine Orchestration System for the first time, the software that makes it possible to change those fiber connections remotely, and at the same time groom packets at the edge of the network to be carried over Programmable Light Paths (PLP)
As Bill mentioned in his post, we also had a number of productive meetings with analysts and media members. In fact, one of those meetings at this year’s show resulted in a great article on The Networking Nerd website, written by Tom Hollingsworth.
I also felt the keynote addresses at this conference were superb. In fact, I can’t remember a show where the keynotes were so excellent across the board. I was particularly impressed by Wim Elfrink, Cisco's Executive Vice President for Industry Solutions and Chief Globalization Officer, who discussed the digitization of our society.
All of the announcements and meetings were exciting, but the truly thrilling part of the show for us was the reaction we got from potential customers. We started this company on the premise of enabling hyperscale data centers to meet flexibility and scalability challenges. Our ultimate objective is to provide data centers with a viable, cost-effective alternative to incumbent data center solutions. As lifelong engineers and IT professionals, it was incredibly fulfilling to see that industry peers view our products as potential game-changers.
Our riveting conversations with potential customers have continued after the show and we look forward to providing data centers with the solutions that allow them to scale successfully for years to come.
Edit 3/18/16: It's time to think about Interop Las Vegas 2016 already! Use the link below with discount code FIBERMOUNTAIN for a free expo pass or $200 off the price of a conference pass, and be sure to visit us at booth #144!