Are We There Yet?

CommScope_Ehab-Kanary Ehab Kanary October 16, 2016

Ah, road trips with the kids: a true test of your patience and their bladder capacity. If you’ve ever taken a long road trip – say, a drive from Dubai to Riyadh – you know exactly what I mean.

It’s like that nightmare we’ve all had at some point; the one where you’re running and never seem to get anywhere. But if you think it’s frustrating as a parent, remember how it was as a kid. You focus on a distant mountain peak then look up an hour later only to find that you’re no closer.

Believe it or not, we often do the same thing in our professional lives. Every year the Ethernet Alliance publishes the Ethernet roadmap as a kind of long-term look to the horizon. For what seems like an eternity, the Terabit Mountains (a phrase coined by Scott Kipp, Director of Engineering at Brocade) have been just over the horizon. But just how important is it to reach that goal?

The more we understand the details of the journey – the road conditions, location of detours, weather forecast, etc. — the easier the trip. When it comes to the evolution of your network, the 2016 Ethernet Roadmap lets you know where the industry is headed. But while conceptual milestones like 1Tb/s lane speeds are fascinating to consider, don’t let that distract you from what’s happening right now.

In fact, when it comes to planning and executing a successful data center migration strategy, the delight – as well as the devil – are both in the details. So here are three immediate and impactful issues that may merit your attention.

  • Why will 25G supplant 40G as the next stepping stone?
  • Why are 12- and 24-fiber MPO connectors the smart play, and not MPO-8?
  • Why is wide band multimode fiber (WBMMF) a game changer?

These are three of the key issues that we at CommScope believe will be important drivers of a successful migration initiative. As an active participant in the development of the industry standards, we have a unique perspective on where the data center industry is headed and, more importantly, why. For an overview of our observations, I encourage you take a look at Beyond the 2016 Ethernet Roadmap, a quick read on the key changes to the map and what’s behind them.

Click to download Beyond the 2016 Ethernet Roadmap.

The road from where you are to where you want to be isn’t always well-marked. Along the way, there are many twists, turns and detours. And CommScope knows each and every one. We have the experience, insight and resources to get you there…wherever “there” may be.

If you are attending GITEX in Dubai, come say hello at Hall 1, F1-40 where we will be showcasing technology for future networks.

About the Author


Ehab Kanary

Ehab Kanary is Vice President of Enterprise for the Middle East and Africa region for CommScope. He has been with CommScope since 2000.