Corning Introduces EDGE8™ Solutions for Data Centers

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Corning Introduces EDGE8™ Solutions for Data Centers

Corning Introduces EDGE8™ Solutions

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Corning Introduces EDGE8™ Solutions for Data Centers
Corning Introduces EDGE8™ Solutions for Data Centers
CORNING, N.Y. | Corning Incorporated | July 01, 2015

Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) today announced its latest optical cabling innovation for data centers and storage area networks (SAN), EDGE8™ solutions.

EDGE8 is the industry’s first modular, tip-to-tip optical cabling system to feature an eight-fiber (Base-8) cabling design that maximizes per-rack-unit density for better network scalability and improved link performance.

Driven by increasing adoption of cloud computing and a growing demand for streaming video, data centers and SANs are migrating to faster transmission speeds to find and send data back to consumers as quickly as possible. Corning’s EDGE8 is the most future-ready data center connectivity solution available for simple, efficient and cost-effective migration to transmission speeds up to 400 gigabits per second.

“Corning’s EDGE8 solutions help data center operators deliver an optimal end-user experience, while mitigating the uncertainty associated with ever-increasing transmission speeds and continually evolving standards,” said Stuart Hoiness, senior vice president of Enterprise Networks, Corning Optical Communications. “Installing a Base-8 cabling system like EDGE8 today provides the simplest, most flexible path to 40, 100, and 400 gigabits per second in the future.”

EDGE8 solutions, with eight-fiber MTP® connectors, make it easy to match the fiber count in the backbone of data center networks and SANs with today’s Base-8 Quad Small Form Factor Plugable transceivers. This capability results in 100 percent fiber utilization, streamlined 1:1 port mapping, and up to 50 percent reduction in link attenuation by eliminating the need for conversion modules. EDGE8 furthers the benefits of Base-8 design with pinned MTP trunks that enable simple patch cable deployment and optimized harness mapping, resulting in no unused fiber/connectors. EDGE8 modules also offer a 30 percent improvement in insertion loss, resulting in longer duplex link distances.

EDGE8 is built on the foundation of Corning’s family of EDGE™ solutions, currently deployed in over 50,000 data centers across 30 countries around the world. EDGE solutions help operators maximize every inch of valuable data-center real estate with optical cables so light and compact that just one cable can replace as many as 72 copper cables. Plus, all EDGE solutions are fiber-based, so they consume about one-fourth the power per port of copper, saving money, reducing heat, and decreasing overall carbon emissions for a smaller impact on the environment.

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About Corning Incorporated
Corning ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives. Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges. Corning’s businesses and markets are constantly evolving. Today, Corning’s products enable diverse industries such as consumer electronics, telecommunications, transportation, and life sciences. They include damage-resistant cover glass for smartphones and tablets; precision glass for advanced displays; optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions for high-speed communications networks; trusted products that accelerate drug discovery and manufacturing; and emissions-control products for cars, trucks, and off-road vehicles.