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Infinera powers cloud scale networks

New DTN-X Platforms blend web scale and telco-grade technologies

Network company Infinera has announced a number of new platforms within its award winning DTN-X Family designed to power cloud scale networks.

New cloud-based applications such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), XaaS, video and virtual reality are driving a growing amount of bandwidth across service provider subsea, long-haul, metro and data center interconnect (DCI) networks.

Infinera's next generation DTN-X  products are said to blend the best of web scale technologies with the best of telco-grade technologies, yielding over 50 percent better total cost of ownership (TCO) over conventional networks.

They are built around Infinera's Infinite Capacity Engine  -  a multi-terabit opto-electronic subsystem based on the company's fourth-generation InP photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology. It integrates several hundred optical functions including tunable lasers, photodiodes, nested Mach-Zehnder modulators, demodulators, splitters, combiners, attenuators and amplifiers.

Infinera's announcement includes two new platforms, the DTN-X XT-3300 and the XT-3600 meshponders, as well as significant upgrades to the XTC-4 and XTC-10 Packet Optical Transport Node (P-OTN) platforms. Infinera also announced the MTC-6 FlexILS chassis and 20-port super-channel Flexible Grid Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (FlexROADM), a key element within one of the most widely deployed flexible grid open line systems.

The new server-like DTN-X XT-3300 and XT-3600 are the industry's first meshponder platforms, which combine sliceable photonics and muxponder functionality to deliver hyper-scalability up to 2.4 terabits per second (Tb/s) along with fine-grained granularity for optical mesh networks. The server-like small form factor meshponder platforms, developed from experiences in the web scale market, seamlessly interoperate with the chassis-based DTN-X XTC switching platforms.

The Infinera DTN-X XTC-4 and XTC-10 platforms have been upgraded to support 1.2 Tb/s per slot and more than double the switching and transmission capacity through non-disruptive, in-service upgrades. The new DWDM modules, powered by the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine, co-exist with the deployed modules thereby offering complete investment protection. The DTN-X XTC now offers up to 12 Tb/s of non-blocking switching capacity and unlike competitive systems, have no tradeoffs between client side tributary capacity and line side capacity.

The Infinera FlexILS open line system, which supports over 50 Tb/s of fiber capacity, takes super-channels from the DTN-X platforms and routes wavelengths to the appropriate destination for flexible optical mesh networking. The new 20-port super-channel FlexROADM supports flexible grid super-channels with single-channel granularity and full CDC (colorless, directionless, contentionless) functionality while using six times fewer fibers than conventional ROADMs. FlexILS now includes the new compact MTC-6 chassis and is fully open and interoperable with Infinera and third-party terminals.

"Windstream is one of the fastest growing providers of advanced network communications in the US," said Buddy Bayer, Senior Vice President, Transport Engineering at Windstream. "As we expand our fibre transport network routes in the US, we rely on networking solutions that can be easily upgraded like the FlexILS which provides an open line system and the new 20 port ROADM capabilities. With an existing DTN-X deployment, we look forward to the new multi-terabit Infinite Capacity Engine based modules and platforms to power Windstream's cloud scale network."

"As we expand and build our long-haul and metro networks serving over 1,200 customers in 80 countries, we look to partner with Infinera to operate highly scalable and flexible transport networks," said Mattias Fridström, chief evangelist at Telia Carrier. "We are delighted with the array of products Infinera has announced. There are excellent solutions that can address the tremendous growth in demand for 100G services driven by our Internet Content Provider customers. In addition, the seamless upgrades to higher capacity in the DTN-X XTC platforms protect the investments we've already made in our network."

"Infinera is transforming transport networks to be open and cloud scale," said Dave Welch, Infinera co-founder and president. "We are bringing the power of web scale to service provider networking with the unified architecture of meshponders and multi-terabit switches managed by a common, open control layer. The upgraded DTN-X Family and the new CDC FlexROADM deliver a new architecture that enables network operators to cost effectively provide scalable and secure end-user services. This architecture demonstrates Infinera's commitment to innovation to enable our customers to build the next generation cloud scale infrastructure."

"Infinera continues to innovate in optical networking with industry firsts," said Tim Doiron, principal analyst, Intelligent Networking, at ACG Research. "The Infinite Capacity Engine integrated into the DTN-X Family brings massive multi-terabit capacity in an industry leading footprint to build cloud scale networks. With fully tunable, programmable, 100 Gigabit  bandwidth slices and SDN control, service providers can dynamically and instantly modify their networks to match bandwidth demands with business imperatives. The Infinite Capacity Engine's multi-terabit wire-speed Layer 1 encryption technology provides an important and scalable layer of network security for service providers."

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