PacketFabric increases metro interconnectivity with Inphi

Created February 23, 2020
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PacketFabric has selected Inphi’s COLORZ 100GbE QSFP28 DWDM optics to increase network capacity between its metro data centre locations.

PacketFabric is a leading supplier in the network-as-a-service (NaaS) market and competes against the likes of Megaport and Equinix. With up to 4Tbps of bandwidth over a single fibre, COLORZ enables PacketFabric to “dramatically scale” its private layer 2 networking platform, said Inphi.

PacketFabric says it has modernised network services by applying cloud-based concepts to provisioning, delivery and billing.

“Our ability to deliver a cost effective 100GbE metro Ethernet service hinges on quickly turning up underlying optical metro connectivity,” said Lew Maggio, director of network operations at PacketFabric. “The DWDM infrastructure modernisation offered by COLORZ reduces our deployment time by over 60% for in metro capacity, allowing us to add terabytes of capacity in response to customer demands.”

Inphi’s platform leverages silicon photonics and enables DWDM connectivity directly into switch or router ports. By moving to IP over DWDM and removing transponders, COLORZ not only provides lower cost and lower power, said Inphi, but simplifies the operational complexity of adding DWDM network capacity.

This allows PacketFabric to maximise cost-efficiency and performance across its regional data centre locations.

“We are supporting PacketFabric’s vision and ability to build a disruptive SDN networking architecture,” said Tomas Maj, senior director for product marketing, optical interconnect at Inphi. “Low power and cost effective pay-as-you-grow 100G DWDM optics are a critical enabler for efficiently connecting metro data centres.”

Earlier this month, Inphi reported revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 was a record US$102.9 million, up 18.9% year-over-year, compared with US$86.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. The increase was due to higher demand for data centre products, said the vendor.

Gross margins under GAAP in the fourth quarter of 2019 were 59.9%, compared with 57.2% in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation