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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Ciena, XKL, Nutanix


May 19, 2018

The global networks are evolving and we’re watching it happen. It’s time for the Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review.

As network operations change, it’s all about adapting. For network operators, an adaptive network is one melding intelligence, scale and automation in a manner fit to address our on-demand, always-on digital world. Recent research from Web-scale whiz Ciena in conjunction with ACG Research delved into the current state of adaptive networking, unpacking implementations, motivations and more. As far as standout stats go, 75% of respondents expect to attain significant or complete network automation in the next five years. In addition, growth of network automation investments will continue to through 2021, with the resulting expansion in the neighborhood of 30 percent.

XKL, a provider of fiber optic networking systems, has announced that the Smithsonian Institution has initiated updating its legacy infrastructure with XKL’s DWDM optical transport technology. The Smithsonian initially acquired multiple DWDM DarkStar systems that will be used in multiple point-to-point configurations connecting the Smithsonian headquarters to its collocation facility, Equinix. The ability to deploy and manage optical transport networks without an optical engineer was one of the deciding factors for choosing XKL technology. Along with ease of management, the DarkStar family of products offers low cost per port and no licensing fees that contribute to the appeal of the solution, according to the release.

Nutanix is expanding its product portfolio with database management and software-defined networking solutions. Among its new offerings is Nutanix Flow, which is part of the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS. Targeted at data center operators, Flow helps IT administrators automate common network configuration changes, define security policies, and monitor network performance.


Ken Briodagh is a writer and editor with more than a decade of experience under his belt. He is in love with technology and if he had his druthers would beta test everything from shoe phones to flying cars.

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