Vendor Bytes: Infinera, Ciena, Calix, Gigamon

April 20th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

Here are several quick-takes on what vendors have been up to lately:

Infinera has been busy over in southern Europe. GARR, the Italian R&E network has deployed Infinera’s DTN-X XTC series for its research network. GARR serves some 1,000 sites across Italy, which will now have access to bandwidth in 100Gbps increments via point and click.

Along with its North Sea item yesterday, Ciena also picked up a submarine cable deal yesterday in the Far East. KDDI is deploying their GeoMesh packet-optical solutions on the JIH submarine cable connecting Okinawa to Miyazaki and Shima. The JIH cable system has been hooking up the country’s islands since 1999.

Calix has improved its offering to service providers who are chasing the MDU upportunity, or who could be. They have combined with SDN-native AXOS-based access nodes, Compass cloud software, and carrier-class Wi-Fi to take on even the toughest of building access problems. If I lived in an MDU unserved by decent broadband, I’d have moved years ago, but there’s still plenty out there suffering apparently.

And Gigamon yesterday took the wraps off of new and updated product offerings aimed at 100G networks. The company’s Visibility Fabric enhancements are aimed at resolving the speed mismatch between today’s big bandwidth and current monitoring tools. The actual upgrades are a long list of higher capacity ports, hardware, and software enhancements, all shipping this month or next.  We had Gigamon’s Andy Huckridge on here this week talking about NFV.

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