Robotic Revolution: Telescent CEO Shares Automated Fiber Cross-Connects Solutions Ahead of ITW 2023

Robotic Revolution: Telescent CEO Shares Automated Fiber Cross-Connects Solutions Ahead of ITW 2023

Anthony Kewitsch, the Co-Founder and CEO of Telescent, was recently interviewed by Data Center POST, where he discussed his company’s cutting-edge solutions for data center networking. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Anthony is always looking towards the future and is eager to showcase

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Telescent‘s innovative programmable robotic patch-panel solution that provides seamless physical network infrastructure management. Keep reading to learn more about Telescent‘s exciting automated solutions Anthony will share at ITW 2023.

Data Center POST (DCP) Question: International Telecoms Week is one of the industry’s largest and most important events for the year. What type of company do you work for and what are you looking forward to accomplishing at ITW 2023?

Anthony Kewitsch, Co-Founder and CEO, Telescent (AK) Answer: Telescent specializes in automated fiber interconnection solutions that speed up cloud and telco service delivery while enhancing the efficiency and performance of data center networks. Its range of products includes programmable fiber optic patch panels that feature a unique robotic arm for seamless, hands-free management of the physical network infrastructure.

(DCP) Q: The first ITW Keynote panel features some of the industry’s largest players sharing their perspectives of the industry. What is the top trend that you and your company has its sights on, and why? 

(AK) A: ChatGPT is a ”black swan” event driving interest in generative AI and the data center architectures required to support the unprecedented scale of the machine learning clusters powering AI. There is a strong secular growth forecasted for over ten years in this field, and cloud data center operators are seeking competitive advantages as they evolve to support ever-increasing data sets and GPU cluster sizes. Google has been publicly evangelizing the value proposition of fiber circuit switching to improve the performance of data centers, and this has catalyzed strong interest in fiber switching solutions such as those provided by Telescent. Telescent provides “picks and shovels” for this ML/AI revolution.

(DCP) Q: As the global wholesale infrastructure industry continues to evolve, what are you experiencing from enterprise users about how they need to be supported (or technologies they need developed?)

(AK) A: The bandwidth demands in data centers are seeing a step function increase with the emergence of new machine learning workflows at massive scale. We are seeing growing interest in multi-fiber MPO/MT connectors & low loss interconnect solutions for parallel fiber solutions to achieve 800 Gbps, 1.6 Gbps and beyond. Parallel fiber interconnects are growing in importance, and the Telescent robotic solution is connector and fiber agnostic.

(DCP) Q: What makes digital infrastructure smart and sustainable and what is your business doing to help bring the industry forward in this fashion? 

(AK) A: Automation of the fiber infrastructure has been shown by Google to improve the electrical efficiency of data center networks by over 40%. Fiber-switching solutions like those offered by Telescent are being integrated into future large-scale networks to meet the sustainability targets of new builds. These efforts to support massive campuses to drive digital infrastructure innovation are great examples of how we are helping to bring the industry forward with smart and sustainable solutions.

(DCP) Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing about your company at ITW 2023? 

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(AK) A: Automated patch panels are a relatively new technology and product offering that many in the industry are unfamiliar with. The upcoming ITW 2023 conference presents a prime opportunity to showcase the benefits of automation to network and data center operators who may be unaware of its enormous potential.

DCP Q: What else would you like for our readers to know that you haven’t already shared about your company? 

(AK) A: Telescent is excited to announce our recent deployments with Quantum Loophole and MOX Networks. According to Josh Showhorn, CEO of Quantum Loophole: 

The Telescent machines do something quite unique in that we can give the control of the interconnection to the client, so they can use a portal via an API, log in, and enable a cross-connect in 2 minutes without ever touching it as long as the machine has been pre-patched. The bigger picture of that is they have the same machine on their campus and building, and then maybe they have the same machine located in Ashburn and Manassas, let’s say 20 buildings, and they want to enable an interconnection. The machine has a built-in OTDR, they can punch light out, they can verify the connection and do 20 connections at the same time, all in 2 minutes, and batch a job. They can do 1,000 connections in 2,000 minutes theoretically, across 20 locations, without a human being touching it. That’s game-changing. That really creates flexibility for outages, creates hopefully a reduction in truck roll and labor costs, and a more rapid delivery of interconnection.

If you want to learn more about ITW 2023, please visit: here. The event takes place May 14-17, 2023 in National Harbor, MD. 

To learn more about Telescent, check out their website here

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