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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Calix, Dell EMC, Radisys

May 13, 2017

Alien wavelength technology, data center expansion, new storage product news, and residential CORD news was what was happening this week in Transforming Network Infrastructure.

Coriant and Telefónica Germany this week revealed they have successfully completed an alien wavelength trial. The trial demonstrated how existing optical infrastructure can be optimized with disaggregated and optical transmission and open networking capabilities.

It ran disaggregated 100G, 150G, and 200G transmission over live fiber optic links on Telefónica Germany’s existing 10G DWDM dispersion compensated network. The alien wavelength demonstration with Telefónica Germany is an example of how Coriant is helping operators enable simpler, more flexible, and cost-efficient networks optimized for next-generation services and applications.

“The challenge of managing ever-increasing demand for network capacity without incurring escalating operating expenses requires innovative approaches to high-speed optical transmission,” said Michael Haeberle, director of transport and fixed access at Telefónica Germany. “We were very pleased with the performance of the Groove muxponder solution throughout the multiple test cases performed as part of this trial. Groove's compact 1RU form factor, power efficiency, and ease of use were particularly valuable in helping us successfully achieve our trial objectives.”

On the data center investment front, TierPoint LLC is expanding its data center campus in Hawthorne, N.Y., in an effort to meet growing demand from its customers in the New York metropolitan and the northeast region of the U.S.

The effort includes the addition of more than 38,000 square feet of raised floor to the facility. More than a third of that will be part of a $13 million build during phase one of the project.

The phase one facilities should be ready for use starting in November. The addition will mark the third expansion of TierPoint’s Hawthorne campus.

Speaking of data centers, there was also news this week on the Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center front. Calix Inc. and Radisys Corp. have unveiled the first Residential CORD platform designed to address residential services.

It employs the Calix AXOS E9-2 Intelligent Edge Systems, which includes the AOS OFx Connector, and the Radisys OCP-based DCEngine 16U platform. And it aims to help service providers more quickly deliver existing services and introduce new services while keeping their costs manageable.

Also this week we learned that Dell EMC has enhanced its software-defined storage solution.

The company’s 14th generation PowerEdge servers improve the performance and scalability across a range of applications and workloads. The Dell EMC ScaleIO will deliver improved efficiencies with better performance and simplified management using an enterprise-grade software-defined block storage solution. This includes delivering inline compression, enhanced snapshots capabilities, granular thin provisioning and seamless volume migration.

“While software-defined everything is a critical piece of IT transformation, the reality is that we're still early with regard to the ability of enterprises to consume software-only offerings. Offering software-defined storage offerings for on-premises and the cloud, in a variety of deployment models including ready nodes, allows us to meet customers where they are today and take them where they need to be as they transform their IT and their businesses,” said Jeff Boudreau, President, Storage, Dell EMC.

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