OpenColo taps Nokia for 800GE data centre site connectivity

Created April 3, 2023
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Nokia and OpenColo have successfully completed the first commercial field trial to transport a 1.6 Tbps traffic flow over an 800GE link aggregation group with 800GE FR4 optics. The initial trial included the Nokia 7750 SR-1se router equipped with FP5 silicon (pictured) to enable 800GE interfaces, and the Nokia 1830 PSI compact modular optical transport platform equipped with Photonic Service Engine (PSE) coherent interfaces.

Nokia says it is the first vendor commercially shipping 800GE routing solutions in volume from 2022. This trial marks the industry-first application of 800GE link aggregation for high-capacity data centre interconnect, including both full link resiliency with coherent optical transport.

Scott Brookshire, co-founder and CTO at OpenColo, said, “At OpenColo, we constantly strive to push the limits of what’s achievable to anticipate the ever-evolving demands of our valued customers and the market. With Nokia’s ground-breaking release of 800GE, we had full faith in their ability to provide us with seamless line rate performance of 1.6 Tbps without any packet loss. True to our expectations, Nokia delivered on this promise.”

Jeff Jakab, vice president, IP Hardware Product Management at Nokia said, “We are pleased to achieve this important milestone with OpenColo as it further demonstrates the maturity and added value of our 800GE routing technology to solve real customer challenges today and tomorrow. The economic advantages of 800GE in comparison to 400GE are clear, being cost neutral to 400GE today and providing up to a 40 percent power savings versus 400GE today. Adopting 800GE routing is a simple and clear solution to the immediate power concerns our industry faces.”

Based in Silicon Valley, OpenColo provides data centre connectivity and colocation services with locations in Santa Clara, California and Miami, Florida.

(Image: Nokia.)

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by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.