Sr. Director, Corporate Communications
We’re pleased to announce we have won a prestigious award in Europe with our customer, DANTE (Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe). The Computer Weekly European User Awards for Networking recognized Infinera and DANTE in the “Best Technology Innovation” category.
DANTE plans, builds and operates advanced networks for research and education, and needed a solution that would enable it to continue to support the ever-growing data needs of experiments and applications that are crucial to academic research.
To give you an idea about why we won the award, DANTE, on behalf of Europe’s National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), operates the GÉANT network. It’s relied upon by some of the world’s largest scientific institutions, including CERN for its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) research, and the European Very Long Baseline Interferometry Network (EVN) for radio astronomy research. Together with Europe’s NRENs, GÉANT connects 40 million researchers and millions of students in over 8,000 institutions across 40 countries, so it’s crucial that the network has the bandwidth to support the growing data needs of these users.
Our DTN-X platform was selected to deliver the scalability, simplicity and efficiency demanded by researchers conducting some of the world’s most advanced scientific experiments, including research for the LHC. Many of these experiments require large amounts of bandwidth very quickly, and a key factor in DANTE’s selection of the DTN-X was Bandwidth Virtualization, which leverages integrated optical transport network (OTN) switching and Generalised Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) to rapidly deploy large amounts of optical bandwidth. The rollout will be fully complete by May 2013. Sixteen New Points of Presence (PoPs) and 127 New Optical Line Amplifier sites will also be established.
We started shipping the DTN-X platform in the second half of 2012 and vaulted to number one market share in the third quarter of 2012. The platform already supports multi-terabit transmission using the industry’s first commercially available 500 gigabits per second (Gb/s) long-haul optical super-channels, directly connecting 17 major European cities in 16 countries across 12,000 kilometres of fibre.
Working with us, the DANTE Operations Team has already reached a crucial milestone in the project by completing the migration on the Geneva to Budapest section of the network before the end of 2012. The migration is designed to support up to 2 Tb/s capacity across the core network, effectively future-proofing Europe’s critical network up until 2020. 500 Gb/s capacity will be available across the core network from first implementation, delivering circuits across Europe that will allow individual users to transfer data at speeds of up to 100 Gb/s, or multiples thereof, thereby enabling faster collaboration on critical projects and meeting the rapidly increasing demand for data transfer.
We’re absolutely delighted that the work we have all carried out has been recognized by one of the UK’s leading technology publications. It goes to show how working in such close collaboration with customers can create a solution that meets the brief and sets new standards of excellence.