Infinera Cloud Xpress 2 now available – and already deployed

Created June 12, 2017
Technologies and Products

Infinera, a provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, has announced the general availability of the new Infinera Cloud Xpress 2, providing data centre interconnect operators 100 Gigabit Ethernet services with unmatched scale, simplicity, security and efficiency. Cloud Xpress 2 has already been deployed in major internet content provider networks.

This package is the first platform deployed in live networks featuring Infinera’s Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4), powered by the FlexCoherent Processor and fourth-generation photonic integrated circuit.

Infinera commented of the solution: “It is simple to operate, open and automated. Like all models in the Cloud Xpress Family, the Cloud Xpress 2 is designed for plug-and-play installation with simplified provisioning and support for data center automation using open software-defined networking application programming interfaces, zero-touch provisioning and streaming telemetry.”

Cloud Xpress 2 is based on ICE4, which incorporates Infinera’s PIC technology to deliver a 1.2 terabits per second super-channel output. Also, offering extended reach without external amplification, the Cloud Xpress 2 delivers the highest plug-and-play capacity-reach of any compact DCI platform, simplifying system design, deployment and operations.

Instant bandwidth
Also, Cloud Xpress 2 incorporates Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth technology, said to be the industry’s only software defined capacity solution, allowing users to software-activate line-side bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments as and when needed in minutes, aligning with their bandwidth demands.

Andrew Schmitt, Founder and Lead Analyst at Cignal AI, commented, “Infinera raised the bar in the industry with the Cloud Xpress, beating its competition to the market with a platform purpose-built for DCI. The general availability of the Cloud Xpress 2 places Infinera in a leadership position to continue meeting the challenging technical, cost and high-volume requirements of cloud and content provider networks.”

Stuart Elby, Senior VP Cloud Network Strategy and Technology at Infinera, added, “We have taken optical transport to the next level, by integrating ICE4 technology into Intelligent Transport Network platforms.

“Major ICPs are deploying the Cloud Xpress 2 for its extreme simplicity, multi-terabit scalability and efficiency. The early adoption of the Cloud Xpress 2 underscores our customers’ need for a purpose-built DCI solution to enable continued rapid growth in their hyperscale networks.”

The Infinera Cloud Xpress Family delivers cloud-optimized metro wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) solutions to cloud service providers, ICPs, internet exchange (IX) service providers, enterprise network operators and other large-scale data centre operators. The Cloud Xpress Family offers customers the choice of 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE client interfaces to meet their specific requirements.

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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.