Finisar and Xyratex Demonstrate 12G SAS Embedded Optical

Finisar and Xyratex Demonstrate 12G SAS Embedded Optical Interconnect
Within Data Centre Subsystem at ECOC 2012 
Joint Demonstration Leverages Board-Mounted Optics to Enable New
Ecosystem of Backplane Applications 
09/17/12 --  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
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 today."  
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 technologies. 
"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 Channel.  
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. 
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Storage Insights Blog, Twitter, LinkedIn, Xyratex YouTube Channel and
Facebook pages. 
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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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