Has Commercial 100G Arrived?

May 5th, 2009 by · Leave a Comment

Well, almost anyway.  That’s what Ciena (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings) and NYSE Euronext are saying.  The two plan to deploy 100G wavelengths between datacenters in NYC and in London that will underlie the exchange group’s next generation infrastructure.  No, not on the transatlantic route of course, just the metro ones presumably.  But this is what some would call ‘true’ 100G, meaning over a single wavelength rather than by aggregating some combination of 10G and 40G. 

It has been frequently said that the financial sector needs 100G more than most, considering the huge volume of trades they must process, store, and back up almost in real time.  Yet it will still be a while before they get the higher speeds, the rollout is not expected to be operational until 2010 – and they didn’t say exactly when in 2010 either.  In other words, they’re probably still working on more than a few details.  So it isn’t as if this 100G solution is in Ciena’s price book just yet, but its very nice to see that they are making progress.

I think that as the year goes on we may hear from others who will help enable the NYSE effort, there are other links in the chain needed to actually make use of 100G wavelengths.

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