Out in Chicago, Windstream has been busy installing some new gear. They've deployed Infinera's Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned connections between two data centers within the key carrier hotel at 350 East Cermak.
Windstream has been steadily rolling out other Infinera gear across its network over the last two years, but this is the first foray they've made into the DCI market. The company sold its own data center and cloud business to Tierpoint last year, but that doesn't mean their network business isn't focusing in on this growing segment of the bandwidth business. Chicago won't be the only market they deploy this gear to, as the company continues to expand its capabilities in the wholesale marketplace nationally.
For its part, Infinera's Cloud Xpress product line should get a significant update sometime in the next year with that new technology the company unveiled last month. The Infinite Capacity Engine is what they'll be building the next generation on for all their product lines, and will likely boost their DCI capabilities by a bunch. But for now, another terabit with instant activation in 100Gbps chunks should be plenty.
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