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The Exabyte Era is upon us. Cisco research indicates that the total volume of worldwide IP traffic is doubling every two years. By 2011, the world's IP networks will transport 29 exabytes of traffic - equivalent to 144 times the total amount of printed data that exists today - each month. This growth will be driven not just by an expanding user base, but by the emergence of a new generation of complex, highly personalized, bandwidth-intensive media applications. The only available technology to support an adequate amount of bandwidth is DWDM. Traditional 10-Gbps transmission systems cannot handle these traffic volumes and require bit-rate upgrades. The migration to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps has become inevitable.
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