Today, the advantages of fiber optics are well known. A fiber-optic connection offers a whole host of benefits, such as higher upload and download speeds, it is stronger than traditional copper and has much higher bandwidth. For a modern hybrid cloud infrastructure, fiber is well worth considering.
Unlike traditional network equipment where cables are connected directly to a switch or server, a fiber-optic cable is connected to an optical transceiver that plugs into the network equipment. An optical receiver is an intermediate step to increase the flexibility of the existing network equipment, such as switches and servers.