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June 20, 2016

Infinera Co-founder and President David F. Welch Receives 2016 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award for Optical and Cloud Networking Innovation

MargoBy Margo Westfall, Sr. Manager, Corporate Marketing

At an IEEE Honors Ceremony in New York City last week, Infinera co-founder and president David (Dave) F. Welch, Ph.D. received the 2016 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award. Dr. Welch was recognized for his leadership in enabling the growth of cloud-based services and the Internet through advancements in optical transport networks.

IEEE LOGOIEEE is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. For nearly a century, the IEEE Awards Program has paid tribute to researchers, inventors, innovators and practitioners whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society and the engineering profession. Each year, the IEEE Awards Board recommends a small number of outstanding individuals for IEEE’s most prestigious honors. Dave Welch is now a member of this select group.

David F. Welch, Ph.D. receives the 2016 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award for Optical and Cloud Networking Innovation
David F. Welch, Ph.D. receives the 2016 IEEE Ernst Weber Managerial Leadership Award for Optical and Cloud Networking Innovation

“I am deeply honored to receive the IEEE Managerial Leadership Award,” said Dr. Welch. “This recognition is a positive reflection of the entire team at Infinera. I am privileged to work with a global team of experts delivering disruptive optical networking solutions.”

Optical and Cloud Networking Innovation

In 2014, under Dr. Welch’s leadership, Infinera introduced Cloud Xpress, a family of purpose-built platforms optimized to help network operators scale cloud networks with hyperscale density, simplified operations and low power.

As cloud adoption increases, large network operators are reporting a magnification effect on incoming traffic, which means that a single request from an end-user can generate as much as 10 times the amount of traffic between data centers than was contained in the request. This magnification effect is accelerating the deployment of high-capacity transport solutions in the cloud. Infinera’s Cloud Xpress family of metro optical platforms was designed for network operators delivering cloud-based services to consumers and businesses worldwide.

Infinera’s Cloud Xpress family delivers cloud-optimized wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) solutions for high-capacity data center interconnect, serving a wide range of cloud-based service providers, Internet content providers and enterprises. Cloud Xpress is designed to simplify the deployment of high-bandwidth connections while lowering the power and space required to scale metro cloud networks.

The Infinera Cloud Xpress Family, supporting 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE

Based on Infinera’s unique photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology, Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500 gigabits per second (Gb/s) super-channel of line-side bandwidth in just two rack units and requires only a single fiber pair. It is designed with a rack-and-stack form factor and a new software approach that enables it to easily plug into existing cloud provisioning systems using open SDN APIs — an approach similar to the server and storage infrastructure deployed in the cloud. Cloud Xpress platforms can be connected with “plug and play” simplicity over 150 kilometers (km) without additional amplifiers, and up to 600 km with an amplified line system.

About Dr. Welch

As co-founder and president of Infinera, Dr. Welch leads Infinera’s engineering, business development and marketing groups. He has made numerous contributions to the field of optical communication systems, including more than 250 published articles and 169 patents. Dr. Welch has received a number of prestigious honors and awards, including the 2013 Institute of Engineering and Technology J J Thomson Medal for Electronics, 2011 Optical Society of America (OSA) John Tyndall Award, 1999 OSA Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize, 1998 IEEE LEOS Engineering Achievement Award and the 1992 OSA Adolph Lomb Medal. He serves on the board of directors for OSA and Infinera, and is a fellow of OSA and IEEE.

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All of this year;s award recipients
All of this year’s award recipients

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