AddOn Networks levels optical transceivers playing field worldwide

Following huge success in the US, the company is set to take the EMEA region by storm

Cirencester, UK, 17 September 2019AddOn Networks, the largest global supplier of compatible transceivers and optical connectivity solutions, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a successful launch into the EMEA market.

Following decades of success disrupting the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) market in the US with its superior quality and service, the company is set to bring about change in the EMEA region with the launch of its extensive range of cost-effective transceivers that put full optical deployment within the reach of data centres worldwide.

With the amount of data being generated each day reaching into exabytes (one billion gigabytes), due to everything from online commerce and social networking to cloud computing and 4K video resolutions, data centres are being pushed to the brink. The journey toward faster speeds and higher bandwidth depends on technology that can deliver at the speed of light – and a company with an independent mindset and proven ability to think outside the box to deliver it.

“At a base level, we’re focused on creating the highest quality connections around the world through fibre optic connectivity,” said Matt McCormick, CEO for AddOn Networks. “While it’s true that our transceivers expand network reach, increase bandwidth and improve network performance – it’s the way in which we do this that truly sets AddOn apart. We are completely service-orientated, and every process that we have in place allows us to be nimble and hyper-responsive – while still maintaining quality controls that go above and beyond what any OEM can offer.”

In 2018, AddOn began the development of its UK-based facility to enable its expansion into the European market. By combining resources with its parent company Halo Technology, the world’s largest third-party optics provider, AddOn has the ability to deliver the short lead times and global support that has differentiated the company in the North American market to the European market.

Optical transceivers are critical in supporting the transformation to the faster bandwidths required in data centres and networking environments. Networking equipment OEMs have been the traditional suppliers of optical transceivers to complement their switches. The optical transceiver market initially took shape as a product sold by networking OEMs. In this legacy business model, competitive pricing and service options did not exist, and customers have been dependent on OEM partners – until now.

“At AddOn we set our sights on creating a model for delivering affordable optical transceivers that meet and exceed OEM standards of quality and reliability – something that we were constantly told was not possible,” added McCormick. “Failure was not an option and we succeeded, building fully functional and compatible transceivers that outperform and outlast OEM equivalents – at a fraction of the cost.”

AddOn is one of the first independent supplier to sell optical transceivers. Its innovation has led to 20 years of global success, including the company expanding into the EMEA market. AddOn Networks provides cost-effective optical solutions and transceivers that enable more and more data centres to take full advantage of leading-edge optical solutions. AddOn’s presence in EMEA will enable its customers to accelerate their network transformation in an already fast-growing market.

The importance of network infrastructures cannot be downplayed, and big-name OEMs once held a monopoly on critical components. Formerly beholden to these industry juggernauts, the channel has welcomed AddOn with open arms, embracing the freedom of choice they can now provide to the business they serve with a reduction in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), enabling savings of up to 70 percent over OEMs.

With ever-reducing budgets, enterprises are feeling the squeeze on the bottom line and IT managers are looking to decrease expenditures and maximise efficiency. AddOn’s solutions are individually tested beyond OEM standards, serialised to achieve MSA-compliance, are backed by the industry’s highest success rate and lifetime warranty, and can be delivered same-day – AddOn has become a risk mitigation solution. AddOn enables IT managers to confidentially architect and embrace the scaling network requirements.

“At AddOn we believe in our early vision of a better way of doing things. Knowing that true quality and reliability come with a cost, we have put $20 million in a state-of-the-art compatibility assurance lab,” confirmed McCormick.

In 2017, AddOn completed development of a 10,000 plus square foot programming and testing lab – which enables the company to test to specifications, OEM standards in equipment that mirrors its customer’s environment. This investment ensures quality and dedication to AddOn customer’s success by guaranteeing every optics functionality and performance. For more information about AddOn Networks, please visit www.addonnetworks.com or email [email protected].

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About AddOn Networks
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Tustin, California, AddOn Networks is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of compatible transceivers and high-speed cabling. Filling a critical gap in the transceiver ecosystem by offering an alternative to big-name OEMS, Add-on’s transceivers go through a rigorous, finely tuned testing process, resulting in products with the industry’s lowest failure rate. To learn more, visit www.addonnetworks.com and follow them on LinkedIn.

For more information, please visit www.addonnetworks.com.

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