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Infinera Deploys Transport Network with DTN-X Platform at Three Separate Equinix Sites


February 23, 2015

Infinera recently announced that its DTN-X platform had been deployed at three Equinix sites. The new installations will allow Equinix to provide different levels of service based on speed and better meet a growing demand for service.

Equinix, Inc. is a global provider of data centers, colocation services and network connectivity. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company has centers in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It offers public, private and hybrid cloud solutions, content acceleration, and disaster recovery and business continuity solutions.

Infinera Corporation provides optical transport networking (OTN) solutions that use photonic integrated circuits (PIC) to better manage network traffic. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company developed what it calls the Intelligent Transport Network (ITN) which is designed to support unlimited bandwidth.

In the past, the joy of increased bandwidth was often dampened by the extensive work upgrading hardware and other infrastructure. ITN seeks to change that with an architecture that is scalable and uses technology like software defined networking (SDN) to automate control functions, more easily adapt to changing conditions and minimize dependence on a particular hardware vendor.

The three Equinix sites that use Infinera’s ITN and where DTN-X was installed are in Frankfurt, Toronto and Singapore. DTN-X has 500 Gbps PICs that take up 30 percent less space, use 50-80 percent less power and are designed to support future upgrades to speeds of 1.2 Tbps.

Much of the talk about moving to the cloud centers on IT departments saving time and money on upgrades and letting the cloud service provider worry about implementation. Equinix’ installation of ITN/DTN-X at three of its sites sheds some light on what the providers must do to provide great cloud service.

It’s all about expandability. Demand for cloud technology is only going to continue. Forrester Research recently predicted the cloud market would increase from $58 billion in 2013 to $190 billion by 2020.

Cloud technology must be fast; otherwise its users will go back to keeping data in a traditional on-site data center. But since increased cloud demand is all but inevitable, maintaining such performance will be a challenge. Infinera’s ITN and DTN-X address this problem with an architecture that supports increased bandwidth, is scalable and can easily be tweaked to respond to demand. 




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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