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Windstream Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress For Datacentre Interconnect

PIC technology to support up to one terabit per second i/o capacity in two racks

Infinera, a maker of InP photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and network equipment, has announced Windstream's deployment of the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned high-speed connections between datacentres in Chicago.

Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to use Infinera's PIC technology to support up to one terabit per second of input and output capacity in just two rack units.  

For Windstream, a provider of large bandwidth transport solutions, datacentre interconnect represents a revenue opportunity. Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to serve its datacenter interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption, says Infinera.

With its initial Cloud Xpress deployment in Chicago, Windstream is connecting two datacentre locations within the Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak.

Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500Gb/s super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) line-side bandwidth over 150km without additional multiplexers or amplifiers, and up to 600 km with an amplified line system.

Instant Bandwidth allows the activation of WDM bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments with a few clicks of a mouse enabling rapid scale to meet continued customer demand.

"We selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide datacentre interconnect services to our customers because it is an extremely simple and highly scalable plug-and-play solution," said Art Nichols, VP of engineering architecture and planning at Windstream. "Windstream is working actively with Infinera and several other key technology partners to employ SDN for creation and management of optical services across its metro and long-haul transport network in 2016."

"With our initial deployment of Cloud Xpress, we are able to meet the growing bandwidth needs of our customers needing connectivity to high demand Internet Exchange facilities like 350 Cermak," said Joe Scattareggia, senior VP of sales for Windstream carrier solutions. "Cloud Xpress delivers the space savings, low power and high bandwidth required to serve our wholesale and enterprise customers with optical networking solutions at bandwidths up to 100 Gb/s."

"We are pleased that Windstream continues to invest in Infinera's Intelligent Transport Network solutions," said Bob Jandro, senior VP of worldwide sales at Infinera. "With the Cloud Xpress, Windstream accelerates its network service delivery to its datacenter interconnect customers. We look forward to greater adoption of Cloud Xpress as the company expands its datacentre interconnection initiatives."

Infinera introduced the Cloud Xpress family in 2014 delivering a cloud-optimised Wavelength Division Multiplexed (WDM) solution to cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers and other large-scale data center operators.

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