Windstream deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress for data centre interconnect in Chicago

Created April 19, 2016
Applications and Research

Infinera, a developer of Intelligent Transport Networks, and Windstream, a provider of advanced network communications, have announced the deployment of the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned high-speed connections between data centres in Chicago, Il, US. As a leading provider of large bandwidth transport solutions, data centre interconnect represents a significant revenue opportunity for Windstream. The Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to efficiently serve its data centre interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.

With its initial Cloud Xpress deployment in Chicago, Windstream is connecting two data centre locations within the Lakeside Technology Centre in the city. Infinera says the deployment illustrates the value of having a highly-integrated, compact data centre interconnect solution that is simple to deploy and manage, even in relatively short reach applications.

The Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to leverage Infinera’s unique photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to 1Tb/s of input and output capacity in just two rack units. With its small form factor and low power consumption, Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500Gb/s super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing line-side bandwidth over 150km without additional multiplexers or amplifiers, and up to 600 km with an amplified line system.

Cloud Xpress also enables efficient scaling with simple provisioning and open interfaces to plug into existing cloud provisioning systems using open software defined networking application programming interfaces. Instant Bandwidth allows the activation of WDM bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments with a few clicks of a mouse enabling rapid scale to meet continued customer demand.

“We selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide data centre interconnect services to our customers because it is an extremely simple and highly scalable plug-and-play solution,” said Art Nichols, VP Engineering Architecture & Planning at Windstream. “Windstream is working actively with Infinera and several other key technology partners to employ SDN for creation and management of optical services across its metro and long-haul transport network in 2016.”

Joe Scattareggia, Senior VP Sales for Windstream Carrier Solutions, said, “With our initial deployment of Cloud Xpress, we are able to meet the growing bandwidth needs of our customers needing connectivity to high demand Internet Exchange facilities such as Chicago’s 350 Cermak. Cloud Xpress delivers the space savings, low power and high bandwidth required to serve our wholesale and enterprise customers with optical networking solutions at bandwidths up to 100 Gb/s.”

“To meet the tremendous growth in bandwidth and data demands, Windstream is continuing its commitment to investing in network and technology enhancements – such as the deployment of Cloud Xpress in the Chicago market — bringing tremendous benefits to our customers,” said Chris Nein, Windstream regional president. “Cloud Xpress allows us to meet the unique needs of our customers by quickly and incrementally scaling and expanding bandwidth capacity on demand, ultimately building a foundational, world-class technology ecosystem required for continued business growth and success.”


By Matthew Peach


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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.