Fiber Mountain is returning for our 2nd eMerge Americas/Cyxtera event April 29-30 in Miami. In 2018, we found this event to be an excellent cross section of attendees and quality programs complemented by the top-notch hospitality of the eMerge Americas and Cyxtera teams. The Miami economy is booming from startups to technology advancements in both education and business. We at Fiber Mountain are proud to take part in this event!
Many people have asked me what Fiber Mountain has been up to this year. Here is a look at the key highlights of the year so far, and what’s in store as we prepare for 2017:
First, we are very proud of the fact that we continue to be recognized as a provider of innovative data center solutions. In the first half of 2016, we have already earned awards for CrossCage Plus, the Glass Core automated cross-connect solution, and earned recognition from Gartner as a “Cool Vendor.”
Our 2016 awards and recognition include:
There was a lot of Google news in the past few days, but even though I’m a huge fan, I see another pattern in the articles we shared this week that is more interesting. Specifically, the demand that the Internet of Things (IoT) places on networks everywhere is huge and growing – and is going to require new approaches to infrastructure. What’s the ideal approach? Well, that’s a question that different vendors and analysts are still weighing in on.
Everyone knows what Ethernet is, but how many people who started their careers in the past fifteen years have heard of ATM? No, not Automatic Teller Machine – Asynchronous Transfer Mode, a technology that dominated the hype cycle in the 90’s and then disappeared from public awareness, despite the fact that many applications still make use of it today.
I have had the pleasure of being deeply involved in the industry through many changes. In 1980, I was in the field with Digital Equipment Corporation when the Ethernet DIX standard was launched to market. Later, I became a product manager of Ethernet at Prime Computer. In the 90’s, I was heavily involved in ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) with General DataComm, heading up ATM product management and marketing. Moving on, I led cloud operations for a VoIP provider. Most recently I became deeply immersed in the SDN (Software Defined Networking) world with Fiber Mountain.
The way I see it, the past four decades were dominated by four main networking technologies:
M. H. Raza, the Founder & CEO of Fiber Mountain, was a recent guest on my TechnologyAdvice Expert Interview Series. The series explores a variety of business and technology landscapes through conversations with industry leaders.
In this episode, we discussed everything from network architecture to virtualization and Glass Core.
The debate about which technology is better has gone on for more than a decade, and there are good reasons to deploy either solution. However, with advancements in electrical cross-point switching in recent times, there are significant advantages that the OEO architecture offers that were not available a decade ago.
Topics: Glass Core
Fiber Mountain OPX measured at 5 nanosecond port-to-port latency, to one or many output destinations
A significant and important performance metric in any network is latency, or the time taken for information to be relayed from an input port to an output port. There have been many industry papers written on the topic, and recent advances in computing performance, storage performance and network bandwidth bring greater focus to the impact of latency on user experience and application performance.
Mass adoption of SDN will definitely drive acceleration in data center upgrade cycles - once a critical mass of companies adopt it, their competitors will need to hurry to catch up, just to stay competitive. While we're getting closer, I don't think we're at that point yet, but even now, nearly every company with a data center has some sort of upgrade cycle or expansion in one stage of progress or another.
You also likely understand that our Glass Core™ is Fiber Mountain’s™ solution to the problem I mentioned above. Glass Core replaces many of the core and aggregation switches that are currently occupying space, drawing immense power and causing latency inside data center networks with hundreds of intelligent fiber cables that can connect any two devices on the network, creating what we call connectivity virtualization.
What you may not know, however, is that Fiber Mountain’s solutions can do more than just help you reduce cost and increase capacity right now; they can also prepare you for a future that we believe will look quite different from today. What does that mean?
Well, I look at it two ways:
Last August, a few members of the Fiber Mountain team, me included, flew to Las Vegas to take part in Technology Marketing Corporation’s ITEXPO conference at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. I gave a brief talk at one of the conference’s collocated events, Software Telco Congress—the NFV and SDN event—introducing the tenets of Fiber Mountain’s message for the first time anywhere.
Even though we were still technically in stealth mode at the time, after nearly two years of planning, finally bringing our message to light was certainly a little nerve-wracking. In introducing the idea of Connectivity Virtualization—where intelligent fiber cables replace and improve the functionality of unwieldy and expensive core switches—we were putting forth a concept that we believe will transform network architecture and make the incumbent vendors’ fire-breathing hardware obsolete.