Infinera has added the new Cloud Xpress platform with 100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) client services to its Cloud Xpress family of metro Cloud platforms.
The Cloud Xpress family is designed to cater to the needs of cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers, large enterprises and other large-scale datacenter operators. It leverages the oPIC-500 optical engine -- Infinera's metro-optimized photonic integrated circuit -- to deliver DWDM data centre interconnect services up to 500 gigabits per second (Gb/s) in a compact two rack unit chassis.
According to Infinera, the Cloud Xpress offers one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in just two rack units, with up to 500 Gb/s of line-side capacity and a mix of 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE client-side interfaces.
Since Cloud Xpress delivers low power at one watt per Gb/s, it enables a high practical rack density in real-world data centre environments. Moreover, the rack-and-stack form factor and software approach of the Cloud Xpress enable it to easily integrate into existing cloud provisioning systems using open software defined networks (SDN) application programming interface (APIs).
The new Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE extends the hyper-scale density, simplified operations and low power of the existing Cloud Xpress family, said Infinera. This allows operators to easily deploy and scale their networks.
"100 GbE is finally becoming available on data centre switches and achieving cost effective pricing on routers, thus creating an emerging demand for 100 GbE client-side interfaces on optical equipment designed for metro data centre interconnect," said Andrew Schmitt, Research Director, Carrier Transport Networking at IHS.
"Infinera's Cloud Xpress enables our customers to access cloud and network nodes between data centres across the metro with high performance and great efficiency. The new 100 Gbps interfaces will definitely expand the potential applications for Cloud Xpress," said Teri Francis, Vice President of Technology at Equinix.
Other enhancements to the Cloud Xpress family
Besides introducing the new solution, Infinera also announced that the Cloud Xpress family now offers several key features requested by large data centre operators. The features include:
- NETCONF & YANG support for SDN and ease of use
- MACsec encryption for improved end-to-end security
- LLDP discovery protocols that enable data centre automation.
According to Infinera, the combination of these features results in a network appliance-like experience that is similar to the server and storage infrastructure currently deployed in the cloud, thus allowing Cloud Xpress to easily integrate into existing operational processes.
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