Here's a quick look at three vendor announcements from this week:
Infinera padded its DTN-X portfolio with three new solutions today aimed at multi-layer automation. They have introduced a super-channel ROADM that is colorless, directionless and contention-less, a standards-based multi-layer control plane that can control that ROADM as well as the super-channels, and a new generation of those 500G super-channels themselves. The new product releases come in advance of the OFC conference, and they surely won't be alone.
Tata Communications has turned to Maryland-based SafeNet to power a new data security offering. Tata will be selling cloud-based multi-factor authentication as a managed service around the world. With security being perhaps the primary cause of hesitation when it comes to the cloud and lots of talk about password cracking in the press, adding tokens to the mix seems like a pretty good idea.
And out in Chicago, ADVA is enabling a managed service provider to downshift to a lower gear for more bandwidth power. GigeNET is using their gear to light its own network infrastructure, and thus build a bigger and more flexible bandwidth supply for their cloud-based solutions. I suspect we will see more and more multi-market cloud services providers looking for greater control over their network this year.
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