Capacity Media, 3/23/2017
"Infinera claims that while the industry has made major strides in software-defined networking (SDN) to date, the major strides forward are around virtualising and controlling services inside a fixed amount of optical capacity in layers one to three. Increasing optical capacity on conventional hardware-based transport systems can take months between forecasting and activating the optical capacity needed to deliver new services. In the past this drives service providers to overprovision optical capacity by as much as 50% to ensure service delivery. Instant Network, Infinera claims, enables service providers to automate optical capacity engineering and scale optical capacity in minutes by using Infinera’s Xceed and Digital Node Administrator (DNA) software."
Global Telecoms Business, 3/23/2017
"Infinera has introduced Infinera Instant Network, what it describes as a new software-defined capacity (SDC) controller for cloud scale networks and a foundation for cognitive networking. [...] Emerging 5G mobile services, the Internet of Things (IoT), streaming video, Carrier Ethernet and cloud-based on-demand business services require increased optical network agility and this is what Infinera is attempting to tackle."
Telecom Asia, 3/22/2017
"Instant Network is aimed at allowing service providers to turn up vast amounts of capacity in minutes, bypassing the traditional months-long process through automation, without requiring them to lay out the capex in advance. The hardware is there already of course in the form of its 500G PIC and 2.4T Infinite Capacity Engine, but it is turned on via licenses can be moved around from route to route. Decisions on turning capacity up and down can also be automated based on various criteria."
Disruptive Asia, 3/21/2017
"The Instant Network solution essentially leverages a number of Infinera solutions – including its Xceed and Digital Node Administrator (DNA) software, Infinite Capacity Engine and of course its Instant Bandwidth solution launched in 2012 – to automate optical capacity engineering and scale optical capacity in minutes [...] The name of the game is greater optical flexibility and agility to handle dynamic capacity demand, as well as reducing capex by diminishing idle optical network capacity and lowering business risk by shrinking the time between paying for capacity and activating services."
"Instant Network offers even greater capacity pools and software-defined capacity capabilities via Infinera's Infinite Capacity Engine as well as a pair of new license options that make the capacity deployment quicker and more flexible. The Bandwidth License Pool option enables operators to deploy capacity as soon as they submit a tranche order online to Infinera. Network operators therefore can deploy and bill capacity in minutes rather than hours, according to Mark Showalter, senior director, software and SDN product marketing and senior director, corporate marketing at Infinera. Meanwhile, the Movable License capability enables operators to move a purchased tranche from one route to another via software. Such a capability can prove useful in dealing with network outages; a license enabled on a malfunctioning route can be moved to a backup route for restoration and resiliency purposes, for example."
Telecom Ramblings, 3/20/2017
"Instant Network is aimed at allowing service providers to turn up vast amounts of capacity in minutes, bypassing the traditional months-long process through automation, without requiring them to lay out the capex in advance. The hardware is there already of course in the form of its 500G PIC and 2.4T Infinite Capacity Engine, but it is turned on via licenses can be moved around from route to route. Decisions on turning capacity up and down can also be automated based on various criteria. Infinera had already been doing some of this with its Instant Bandwidth capabilities, and sees this move as the next step toward cognitive networking. That's where networks automatically update themselves rather than wait for mere humans to recognize issues and react."
Transforming Network Infrastructure, 3/20/2017
"It's easy to see why there would be such a draw here. We're talking about a system that can save money in several different ways. A system that allows for easy savings opportunities while not clearly hurting revenue opportunities—in fact, it may well help these grow—is a clear recipe for profit generation. If it works out on the revenue side as it's projected to, then that will only make it more attractive. Passing up a system that can both reduce costs and improve revenue—assuming such a system can be used at all—is a hard offer to pass up. Infinera has taken a great step forward, and should find a welcome market eager to put its Instant Network system to use."
"Manufacturers continue to find novel ways of helping carriers operate their networks more efficiently, as news today from Infinera illustrates. The optical networking company launched what it is calling Infinera Instant Network, which as Infinera executive Mark Showalter explained, gives carriers the ability to ‘activate capacity before they pay for it, match cost to revenue, and accelerate service delivery.’"
Telecom Times, 3/20/2017
"The firm said Instant Network built upon a foundation of some of its key technologies: advanced photonic integration, open APIs and Instant Bandwidth. Billed as the next generation of software-defined capacity for cloud scale networks, it said the offering provided the necessary foundation for cognitive networking. [...] Infinera said Instant Network also enabled service providers to speed up service delivery and lower operational expenditures by automating optical capacity engineering and by cutting back on truck rolls to install additional hardware."
"ACE is one of three products Infinera announced today as part of its Instant Network. The other two products relate to how capacity is ordered and paid for via software-based licensing. With its new bandwidth license pool functionality, service providers can activate capacity at the same time an invoice is issued for that capacity. This reduces costs for idle capacity. This new capability enables capacity to be deployed in minutes, while previously, the process would take a few hours."