Ethernet, the Road Ahead
March 21, 2016
More than 700 million smartphones are used in China
and the nation hosts 20 percent of the world’s mobile banking population. Many of its citizens are demanding everything
be mobile — including banking.
Consumers' expectations for anytime, anywhere connectivity with the device of their choice has driven banks to re-engineer their services at the front end to deliver those expectations, which then drives them to re-engineer their back office processes to manage the avalanche of big data that is a result of all this demand.
Innovation Leads the Development of High-Speed Fiber
One way commercial banks can address big data
generated by mobility is to implement fiber optic communications. With the
gradual enhancement of server performance and increased connections, data
centers are moving beyond 10 gigabit per second (Gb/s) fiber connectivity to
40G, 100G and even beyond.
Given 10G Ethernet can no longer meet the demands of
financial services institutions, and 100G is considered too expensive, the 25G
and 50G Ethernet standards have emerged at the right time. Arista, Broadcom,
Google, Microsoft and Mellanox established the 25G Ethernet Consortium in 2014,
aiming to set up specific standards for 25G and 50G, thereby filling the gap
between servers and switches.
I recently met with senior banking executives at the 6th
Annual Cloud Computing Financial Institutions Forum in Shanghai where we
discussed how they’re evolving technology infrastructure to meet energy and
cost demands. With all the revolutionary changes to technology, banking leaders
asked where Ethernet will go after 25G. Should it be 40G or 50G?
We discussed how wideband multimode fiber (WBMMF)
could contribute to the next generation data centers, considering it fits the
requirements of 100G and 400G and extends the adaptability of multimode data centers.
CommScope even demonstrated the 100G multimode application up to 450 meters
through SWDM based WBMMF.
Facing the growing needs from end customers for mobile
banking and other business critical applications, WBMMF could be the preferred
choice for commercial banks and the finance industry when it comes to
delivering a great customer experience while retaining competitive advantage.
It continues to amaze me that regardless of where the
network is today, it will be different tomorrow. How is your organisation preparing for the
high-speed, high-bandwidth networks of the future? Join the conversation by clicking here.
Chart: IEEE's Multimode Fiber Based Technology Development
Roadmap (issued in 2015)
About the Author
As National Technical Sales Director for the
CommScope Enterprise Solutions Division in North Asia, Wu Jian is responsible for leading the regional technical team
to provide pre-sales and after-sales technical support, product promotions, and
product and technology training.
Since 1995, Wu Jian has been involved in cabling and network
system design, management and maintenance, and has participated in the planning
and implementation of numerous large scale national projects, taking the
leading role in cabling installation and functionality testing. He has also
served as an advisor for the planning and construction of multiple large data
Wu Jian is an expert in cabling system design and installation and
network integration. He has a strong background in data communications theory,
as well as network testing and management, and has gained significant
experience in the planning and design of large data centers. He is currently
Vice Chair of Cabling Team of the Information Communication Committee for China
Association of Engineering Construction Standardization and a member of the
CDCE advisory board, and has contributed to the drafting and implementation of
numerous national standards. Wu Jian
has many years of university teaching experience, primarily in computer
networking, cabling, and network security, and is an authorized Cisco
Networking Academy lecturer.