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Fujitsu Announces 1FINITY Open Networking Platform and Solution for mDCI Market

August 17, 2015

Fujitsu has announced a new open development networking platform  and the first product is geared toward the data center interconnect (DCI) market. The 1FINITY platform is designed for physically disaggregated networks and offers functionality through open development, scalability and dense form-factor blades.

1FINITY provides transport, lambda, switch and access functionality and may be scaled easily to meet fluctuating demand. The platform is comprised of independent products with each solution residing on a self-contained, modular blade. Each component can act as a full network element, or may be combined to offer a broader solution.

The platform works by logically reaggregating disparate functions and providing a consolidated interface that supports communication with customers’ OSS and BSS frameworks. It includes open pluggable optics and supports open APIs and standard protocols to provide ease of use and quick deployment.

“DCI is the fastest-growing application for optical networking equipment,” said Rod Naphan, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Fujitsu Network Communications. “Fujitsu’s response to this market demand is a purpose-built product with cost, space, and power attributes that will enable hyperscale data center operators to reduce their footprints and power requirements.”

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The company plans to expand the new portfolio beyond the initial mDCI offering to provide blades for wavelength services, high-density packet switching and extended-reach transport. Fujitsu will also support multilayer interoperation with its FLASHWAVE 9500 platform, which it upgraded in June with enhancements for Optical Transport Network (OTN) switching and access.

The first 1FINITY solution available in the portfolio is the T100 blade, geared toward metro data center interconnect applications. It provides 1.6 Tbps of bidirectional transport capacity and comes with SDN-enabled Linux software. The blade also supports a variety of optical technologies and is compliant with DWDM transmission standards. General availability of the blade is expected in December.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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