Finisar and Xyratex Demonstrate 12G SAS Embedded Optical Interconnect Within Data Centre Subsystem at ECOC 2012

Mon Sep 17, 2012 3:39am EDT

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(Marketwire) -- 
Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR), a market leader in high-speed optical
communications, and Xyratex Ltd (NASDAQ: XRTX), a leading provider of
data storage technology, today announced a joint technology demonstration
at the European Conference on Optical Communications (ECOC) 2012
exhibition from September 17 through September 19, 2012 at the RAI
Conference Centre in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 

    Finisar and Xyratex will demonstrate, along with HUBER+SUHNER,
vario-optics, and LSI Corporation, embedded optical connectivity within a
12 Gb/s enabled data storage enclosure showing how optical links carry
12G SAS traffic between internal controllers via polymer optical
waveguides. Embedded optical interconnect solutions are designed to meet
the burgeoning demand in data capacity, bandwidth and accessibility in
future cloud and enterprise data centres and are expected to overcome the
projected performance bottleneck in data storage subsystems. 

    The demonstration leverages Finisar's board-mounted optical assemblies
(BOA), a new optics technology that is mounted on a board much like an IC
and provides the lowest power and highest bandwidth density available in
the industry. The BOA is protocol agnostic and supports up to 24 lanes of
SAS, PCIe, InfiniBand, and Ethernet as well as proprietary protocols
enabling an entirely new ecosystem of backplane applications, as well as
high speed interconnects for supercomputers, servers, and switches. 

    "Finisar is pleased to collaborate with these partners to showcase our
board-mounted optics technology for up to 28 Gb/s," said Rafik Ward,
Vice-President of Marketing at Finisar. "With the ever-increasing demands
for bandwidth in optical communications networks, we believe that our BOA
technology provides the most innovative and practical solution available

    Xyratex's joint demonstration of a prototype OneStor(TM) enclosure will
take place within Finisar's booth at the event. The prototype exhibit
focuses on how optical interconnects are successfully implemented in SAS
architectures and will showcase Xyratex's next generation 12G SAS
controllers, Finisar's optical engines, vario-optic's polymer waveguides,
HUBER+SUHNER's optical backplane connectors, and LSI(R)'s 12G expander

    "Xyratex believes that preparing for the Cloud and Exascale eras requires
new innovation in storage platforms," said Alex Worrall, Director of
Architecture at Xyratex. "Through working with Finisar and our other
partners, we are able to demonstrate real-world applications and start to
move these new technologies out of the lab and into actual solutions."

    Visit Finisar and Xyratex at Finisar's booth #500 at ECOC 2012 in

    For further information about Finisar's Board-mount Optical Assembly
technology, please contact For information regarding
the ECOC exhibition, visit 

    About Finisar 
 Finisar Corporation (NASDAQ: FNSR) is a global technology
leader of fiber optic subsystems and components that enable high-speed
voice, video and data communications for networking, storage, wireless,
and cable TV applications. For more than 20 years, Finisar has provided
critical optics technologies to system manufacturers to meet the
increasing demands for network bandwidth and storage. Finisar is
headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, USA with R&D, manufacturing
sites, and sales offices worldwide. For additional information, visit Stay up to date with Finisar by reading the Lightspeed
blog and connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, and the Finisar YouTube

    About Xyratex 
 Xyratex is a leading provider of data storage technology,
including modular solutions for the enterprise data storage industry and
hard disk drive (HDD) capital equipment for the HDD industry. Xyratex
enterprise data storage platforms provide a range of advanced, scalable
data storage solutions for the Original Equipment Manufacturer and High
Performance Computing communities. As the largest capital equipment
supplier to the HDD industry, Xyratex enables disk drive manufacturers
and their component suppliers to meet today's technology and productivity
requirements. Xyratex has over 25 years of experience in research and
development relating to disk drives, storage systems and manufacturing
process technology. 

    Founded in 1994 in an MBO from IBM, and with headquarters in the UK,
Xyratex has an established global base with R&D and operational
facilities in North America, Asia and Europe.

    Follow and connect with Xyratex at as well as its Storage
Insights Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xyratex YouTube Channel and Facebook

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Finisar Corporation
Victoria McDonald
Corporate Communications
+1 (408) 542-4261

Xyratex Ltd
Mike Stolz
Vice-President of Marketing
+1 (952) 303-4780 

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