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Infinera demonstrates SDN and packet technology in Japan

The firm's InP (indium phosphide) based DTN-X platform was used to display Ethernet packet aggregation, VLAN switching, and transport of MPLS pseudo-wires with signalling of over 500G
Infinera and Nissho Electronics have successfully demonstrated converged packet-optical technology and Transport Software Defined Network (SDN) on an Infinera DTN-X network.

The demonstration took place at Nissho Labs NETFrontier Centre in Tokyo.

Key aspects of the packet-optical convergence demonstration on the Infinera DTN-X included Ethernet packet aggregation, VLAN switching, and transport of MPLS pseudo-wires with signalling over 500G super-channel based OTN ODUflex transport. This demonstration showcased the value of converging DWDM, OTN and packet switching on the same platform.

The demonstration of Transport SDN featured a prototype Open Transport Switch running on the Infinera DTN-X and working in conjunction with an external SDN controller and various network applications.

The SDN controller provisioned bandwidth services on demand across a network comprised of DTN-X nodes using the OpenFlow protocol. The demonstration further leveraged service-ready super-channel capacity, flexible Bandwidth Virtualization, and a standards-based control plane to provide an optimal platform to deliver Transport SDN functionality with the DTN-X.

“Infinera’s goal is to converge Ethernet and MPLS technology into the transport layer on the DTN-X to increase the efficiency of core networks for our customers with an Intelligent Transport Network," explains Dave Welch, Infinera Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and CTO. "This demonstration is an important step to prove that Ethernet, MPLS, Transport SDN and the Open Transport Switch technologies can be seamlessly integrated within this architecture.”

"Nissho strongly believes that the Infinera DTN-X is well suited for the Japanese telecom market needs," adds Toshiaki Kibe, Director and Managing Executive Officer, General Manager Marketing Division and General Manager Engineering Division at Nissho. "The DTN-X has proven itself with several of our customers as a world class packet-optical transport network platform, and is now demonstrating its capability as a future proof platform by showcasing the benefits of seamless packet integration and Transport SDN."

"Integrated packet technology in a converged MPLS/OTN/DWDM platform combined with Transport SDN are key capabilities to increase automation and network efficiency while ensuring rapid end-to-end service provisioning for future multi-terabit networks, and this demonstration highlights that the Infinera DTN-X is definitely well positioned to help operators meet those challenges," says David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure at Ovum.

The Intelligent Transport Network helps carriers use time as a weapon to increase revenues with reliable, differentiated services while reducing operating costs through scale, multi-layer convergence and automation. The Intelligent Transport Network delivers 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent super-channels today and is designed to scale without compromise to enable terabit super-channels and Terabit Ethernet in the future.

Nissho Electronics is a Japanese distributor and a system integrators of IT related products and services such as server storage, carrier-class backbone networks, software, system components, and peripherals. Nissho's principal role is to provide the Japanese market with advanced products and services incorporating new technologies, as well as to offer new approaches.

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