In today’s network landscape, data centers are one of the fastest growing segments. Networked computer cloud services – accessible from anywhere in the world with an internet connection – are fast becoming the data storage norm for both business and personal applications. This rapid rise of the cloud and the high-speed computing required to support it demands a constant improvement in speed, total capacity, efficiency, and cost-per-bit. While 10Gb/s datalinks were once considered to be the epitome of capability, today almost all new data centers and data center expansions look to the 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s (and soon 200Gb/s and 400Gb/s) formats to keep up with demand. As serial data rates increase in data centers, the ability of the copper-based cables connecting the vast majority of the racks’ equipment is being exceeded. A 4x25Gb/s 100Gb/s link cannot use traditional copper cables once the length exceeds a few meters. Active optical cables are transforming the data center interconnect landscape. AOCs look and behave just like copper cables, but can extend up to 100 meters (multimode) and are substantially lighter and smaller. OEIC’s cable offers cost-effective 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s AOCs to enable today’s modern data center interconnect.