Infinera Puts ICE Into Cloud Scale Networks

November 17th, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

The optical vendor Infinera announced new platforms today that incorporate its Infinite Capacity Engine technology platform, further filling out the company's next generation portfolio. They've added two packet-optical transport modules, two meshponders, and a ROADM product to the mix, complementing the data center interconnection-focused products announced in September.

Infinera is taking aim at a unified approach to the twin attitudes to network building, the 'web scale' approach one sees from the big content providers who roll their own networks and the 'telco grade' approach one sees from network operators who must serve more varied bandwidth needs.

Their solution includes two 'Meshponders', which add sliceable photonics to a muxponder, offering as much as 2.4Tbps. Meanwhile, the new DTN-X DWDM modules offer 1.2Tbps per slot, up from the 500Gbps superchannels the DTN-X had previously been capable of, and the new FlexROADM product supports up to 50Tbps. And of course, there is plenty of software control to go around, as well as line-speed encryption to help with security.

According to Infinera, the full package offers lower total cost of ownership of 50% less than before when it comes to the sorts of networks operators are building in the cloud era. The various pieces of the puzzle will be hitting the markets over the next several quarters.  Further upgrades are also on tap for the company's associated metro platforms.

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