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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: ADVA, BT, Inventec

June 03, 2017

ADVA Optical Networking and BT each separately announced big deals this week. Inventec, the world’s largest ODM server manufacturer, announced a new product. And contributing writer Laura Stotler wrote about Fiber Mountain’s SDDC and SDN solutions this week in Transforming Network Infrastructure.

Netnod will be using ADVA Optical Networking technology to power its new Optical IX service. The Nordic Internet exchange operator has deployed the supplier’s FSP 3000 CloudConnect with QuadFlex 400Gbit/s, its hypervisor, and ADVA’s reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers.

FSP 3000 CloudConnect is an open data center interconnect solution that supports Open Optical Line System hardware and OpenConfig protocols to enable customers to create multi-vendor networks. This solution enables Netnod to provide its customers with complete traffic control and connectivity of up to 100 gigabits per second.

In other new contract news, BT this week announced its engagement with the EMEA part of Bridgestone Corp., the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

As part of the new deal, BT will provide Bridgestone Europe with an array of managed cloud services and new network infrastructure. These services and networks will connect more than 200 Bridgestone locations in 20 countries in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. That will include 150 retail stores, and more than 50 offices, manufacturing plans, and testing facilities.

As for Inventec, it has come out with a new server platform based on the new Cavium Inc. 64-bit ARMv8 ThunderX2 technology. The Inventec solution is called Baymax. It’s optimized for big data, cloud computer, and high-performance cloud storage. And it’s compliant with the OCP Project Olympus effort.

This 1U rack mount platform supports two ThunderX2 SoCs in a dual socket configuration. It offers up to 1.5TB of DDR4 memory. It has three PCIe x16 slots, four SATA ports, and four M.2 flash for local storage. And it is optimized for diverse workloads like Hadoop, SQL, and more.

Also this week, Transforming Network Infrastructure writer Laura Stotler talked about what Fiber Mountain offers in the SDN and SDDC arena. The company’s Glass Core virtual connectivity fabric is designed to enable Layer 1 SDN switching in the data center using high-density optical connectivity. In addition to offering SDN switches and fiber port aggregators, the company’s AllPath Director is a centralized SDN orchestration system offering real-time visibility and logical and physical network control for hyperscale data centers.


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