Demystifying 400ZR and ZR+ Coherent Optical Technology: Webinar Replay Now Available

If you missed the Fujitsu co-sponsored webinar, “400ZR and ZR+: Enabling Next-Generation Data Center Connectivity” or want to listen again, an on-demand recording is now available. Click here to listen to the recorded session. You’ll also be able to download the presentations, a special report from IHS Markit, and the application note, “400G ZR – Enabling Data Center Evolution” by Rehan Zaki, Principal Architect, DCI Strategy and Planning from Fujitsu Network Communications.

The original 60-minute webinar aired on November 12, 2019, and examined the coherent optical solutions enabled by the new and developing standards: 400ZR and ZR+. The session was hosted by IHS Markit, the London-based data and information services firm. Allen Tatara, Senior Manager at IHS Markit, served as moderator. A Q&A session followed the presentations.

Attendees came from around the globe and across industry sectors including data center operators, service providers, cable network operators, mobile network operators, transceiver and transponder vendors, coherent optics companies, and financial analysts.

Presenters included: Rehan Zaki, Principal Architect, DCI Strategy and Planning, Fujitsu Network Communications; Joerg Pfeifle, Solution Manager for Coherent Test, Keysight Technologies; Scott Swail, Vice President, Business Development, Lumentum; and Timothy Munks, Principal Research Analyst, Optical Networking Technology at IHS Markit.

The presentations and Q&A covered a number of topics, including:

  • Insights from these industry leaders on standardized and interoperable 400G pluggable coherent optics and strategies for testing these new transceivers;
  • The value proposition and use cases for 400G ZR and 400G Open ROADM transponders;
  • Applications for pluggable and interoperable transponders from data center interconnect (DCI) to long haul; and
  • The unique challenges of optimizing equipment and processes for this new set of coherent modems during their manufacturing and deployment at data centers.

Data center bandwidth is growing from 20-40 percent year over year, according to IHS Markit estimates, driven by applications like video streaming, industrial IoT, 5G backhaul and cloud services. And as the demand for data center capacity grows, so will the number of data center interconnect (DCI) networks.

To accommodate future network requirements, 400G+ technologies are forecast to support about 50 percent of the deployed bandwidth by 2022 enabled by the 400ZR and ZR+ standards. These new standards, developed by the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), define the implementation of coherent technology. They promise to substantially increase bandwidth capacity between data centers, while reducing footprint, power consumption, and the cost per bit for coherent transport. If you want to learn more about these new technologies and and how they will impact your operations, don’t miss this opportunity to get up to speed with the latest market insights into 400G ZR compliant optics. Click here to listen to the on-demand session.

About Rehan Zaki

Principal Architect, DCI Strategy and Planning