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Infinera Cloud Xpress Chosen to Extend 100 GbE to GEANT Data Centers

January 11, 2016

Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, has landed a huge deal in Europe, where the Infinera Cloud Xpress platform has been selected for deployment to extend the 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network connectivity of GÉANT into data centers. GÉANT is Europe’s leading collaboration on e-infrastructure and services for the research and education (R&E) space, as well as the operator of the pan-European R&E network that interconnects the continent’s national research and education networks (NREN).

The first organization to benefit from this network extension is Jisc, the UK organization for education and research digital services and solutions, which enables connectivity between the Janet network and CERN, delivering connectivity to their data center in Budapest. With Cloud Xpress, GÉANT can extend GbE services seamlessly to more data centers in Europe, complete with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.

In other recent Infinera news, the company announced a new series of 100G intelligent transport network products to meet the growing demand for 100G networks this past October.

"The GÉANT network is one of the most advanced research networks in the world," said Nick Walden, senior vice president, EMEA Sales at Infinera. "Cloud Xpress allows GÉANT to continue to leverage Infinera's Intelligent Transport Networks to power its network -- from the metro NREN connectivity to the backbone."

With the addition of Cloud Xpress, GÉANT is leveraging Infinera’s unique photonic, integrated circuit technology, supporting upwards of one terabit per second of input and output capacity in only two rack units. Thanks to its small form factor and low power consumption, Cloud Xpress can deliver a full 500 gigabit per second super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) line-side bandwidth over 150 kilometers (about 93 miles) without the need for multiplexers or amplifiers. Alternatively, it can cover up to 600 km (about 373 miles) with an amplified line system.

In addition, Cloud Xpress offers efficient scaling with simple provisioning and open interfaces to plug into existing cloud provisioning systems via open SDN APIs.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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