SFP Finally Moving into Security

Blog Date:  2/6/2014
Author:  Ray Coulombe

You may remember the early days of fiber optic transceivers, where, in addition to specifying the function that was needed — for example, RS-232 to fiber optic — you had to define wavelength, number of fibers, connector type and possibly optical budget. In addition, there might have been the choice of end-point, repeater or multi-port star or hub. All of this made for a dizzying array of part numbers and complicated the specification, ordering and stocking of transceiver products.
There’s actually technology that’s been around the datacom and telecomm industry for almost 15 years that addresses this dilemma. Because the security industry is squarely in the middle of a shift to IT equipment and protocols, we are seeing switches and routers that reflect this. I’m talking about pluggable transceiver modules.
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