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ADVA Optical Networking Launches New Data Center Interconnect

June 01, 2015

It has been a constant theme of the Transforming Network Infrastructure Community that when it comes to the future of the data center, whether discussion is about connecting data center resource or data center interconnection (GCI) between remote sites, optical is the path forward.  In fact, not only is it the path forward, but the need for speed is driving innovation in the space at a rapid clip to keep up with forecasted inter-data center traffic demands.

An example is the news from Martinsreid/Munich, Germany-based ADVA Optical Networking with its launch of its all-new Data Center Interconnect (DCI) solution, the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect. The new solution, which ADVA says was jointly engineered with leading Internet Content Providers (ICPs) and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), has been designed with density, scalability and energy demands at the forefront. 

Available in multiple chassis configurations, including four rack units (4RUs), the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect is designed as an open DCI solution with open hardware and software interfaces and protocols.  It features:

  • A 400Gbit/s single line card
  • Scalability through the elimination of client port lock-in
  • A modular solution that obviates the need to use active backplanes that consume unnecessary energy
  • Support of a wide range of customizable APIs for programmability, no matter the size or architecture of the underlying network
  • CLI, REST, NETCONF, and RESTCONF support
  • A simple plug-and-play optical layer that includes auto discovery and provisioning
  • For advanced virtualized and multi-tenant networks, a network hypervisor with fully open Northbound interfaces is available to abstract the DCI transport network so that end-to-end optimization of multi-layer packet flows is possible
  • Transport capabilities up to 25.6Tbit/s duplex capacity per fiber pair from a single rack, delivering 51.2Tbit/s of total throughput at 1.4Tbit/s per rack unit.

ADVA notes that the solution includes amplifiers, multiplexers and all other necessary components which it says is “a first for the industry.”  

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"The DCI market is experiencing one of the most fundamental shifts in its history. The phenomenal success of ICPs and CSPs, along with the continued adoption of cloud-based services, means that DCI networks are struggling to transport enormous amounts of data," said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. "Such a fundamental shift in demand requires a fundamental shift in technology. This is the genesis of our new FSP 3000 CloudConnect. It's something truly unique within the industry...Our 4RU chassis is a clear example of this. Everyone we spoke to said they needed a chassis that isn't too large and isn't too small - the 4RU is the sweet spot for the DCI market. What makes our solution stand out even more from the industry is its energy consumption. Our ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect transports 2Tbit/s of duplex traffic at less than 1 kilowatt. That's less than 500mW per Gbit/s. These figures are at least 2 times better than any competitor."

The four things that data center operators are looking for in their DCI solutions are: small footprint, lower power consumption, scalability and ease-of-use. Getting those pieces right in solutions that fit the unique requirements of data centers has been a challenge.  It is why, as noted above, this is part of the data center transformation business is a hotbed of new offerings.  After all, given where traffic is going what we consider small data centers in the not too distant future are going to be handling what today are considered hyperscale loads.  

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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