"With 8,400 fiber miles, Midco operates one of the largest fiber-optic networks in its Upper Midwest service region, delivering services to urban and rural areas. This is Midco's second collaboration with Infinera, after using the Infinera DTN-X platform to upgrade its long-haul network last year. This latest upgrade enables Midco to extend into the metro to offer customers an end-to-end transport network supporting metro Ethernet services and connecting its data centers with 10-Gbps, 100-Gbps, and Fibre Channel transport services. "The XTM Series was easy to install and we were able to use the Digital Network Administrator to control our Infinera end-to-end network from long-haul to metro with a single management system," says Jon Pederson, chief technology officer at Midco."
"The system's built-in optical amplification supports transmission of the 1.2 Tbps per platform up to 130 kilometers on a single fiber pair without an external multiplexer or amplifier. For ease of use, the system also supports topology autodiscovery, zero-touch provisioning, and standard application programming interfaces for programmability and streaming telemetry. It also consumes 0.57 W per gigabit, according to Pravin Mahajan, director of product and corporate marketing at Infinera. Overall, the new platform supports 4.8X the density and approximately 2X the efficiency of the original generation of Cloud Xpress platforms, Mahajan said."
Fierce Telecom, 9/26/2016
"Midco said the Infinera XTM Series enables Midco to support and backhaul traffic from business and residential customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin over its 8,400 fiber-mile network. Having already upgraded its long-haul network with Infinera’s DTN-X platform, the deployment of the XTM Series in its metro network builds on the partnership Midco has with the West Coast optical vendor. Infinera’s XTM Series enables Midco to support metro Ethernet services and to connect its data centers with 10 Gbps, 100 Gbps and Fibre Channel transport services."
Compound Semiconductor UK, 9/22/2016
"Cloud Xpress 2 delivers a 1.2 Tb/s super-channel in one rack unit while enabling fibre capacity with up to 27.6 Tb/s on a single fibre pair. It is the first Infinera product incorporating its Infinite Capacity Engine, which the company says has allowed it to increase DCI density by 4.8 times."
Light Reading, 9/22/2016
"Infinera laid down a benchmark in the data center interconnect (DCI) platform sector Wednesday by unveiling Cloud Xpress 2, its next-generation DCI platform, saying that the new product will address the need for greater and more scalable capacity between data centers as 100GigE connectivity becomes more commonplace [...] The new system, which will become commercially available during the first quarter of 2017, is the first to be built using the vendor's Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE), which was launched at OFC earlier this year."
Data Center News Asia, 9/22/2016
"Infinera has introduced the second generation of its Cloud Xpress product range [...] The company pioneered a new segment called compact Data Center Interconnect (DCI) last year. They called the products Cloud Xpress. These are similar to their original products although focused on smaller distances [...] Like all Cloud Xpress products, the Cloud Xpress 2 is designed for plug-and-play with simplified provisioning and support for data center automation. Featuring built-in optical amplification for superior reach, the Cloud Xpress Family can transmit 1.2 Tb/s up to 130 kilometers using a single fiber pair without an external multiplexer or external amplifier, resulting in fewer fibers and less space."
Compound Semiconductor, 9/22/2016
"Network company Infinera has introduced Cloud Xpress 2 to address the demand for scalable 100 gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) datacentre interconnect (DCI) over multi-terabit optical links. Cloud Xpress 2 delivers a 1.2 Tb/s super-channel in one rack unit while enabling fibre capacity with up to 27.6 Tb/s on a single fibre pair. It is the first Infinera product incorporating its Infinite Capacity Engine, which the company says has allowed it to increase DCI density by 4.8 times."
IT Brief, 9/22/2016
"These Cloud Xpress devices are focused on applications for connecting data centers or campuses across town. Within the industry, it’s known as ‘Metro’ connectivity. The cost of these devices is significantly lower than the longer distance solutions, plus the form factor is significantly smaller, ideal for installation in roadside cabinets or branch data centers."
Data Center News, 9/21/2016
"Traditional telcos have also been experiencing a huge growth in data traffic. David Welch, co-founder and president of Infinera, says the company has been riding this wave with 16 quarters in a row of revenue growth. This has equated to around 25% year over year growth for the manufacturer for many years."
Telecom Review North America, 9/21/2016
"Infinera introduced the Cloud Xpress 2 addressing the market demand for scalable 100 gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) data center interconnect (DCI) over multi-terabit optical links. Infinera was first to market with a purpose-built compact DCI product with Cloud Xpress and is the clear market share leader in this category according to Cignal AI. Cloud Xpress 2, the second generation of the Cloud Xpress Family, once again raises the bar for compact DCI. By incorporating Infinera’s groundbreaking Infinite Capacity Engine into Cloud Xpress 2, Infinera extends its optical leadership in DCI increasing density by 4.8 times while building on the Cloud Xpress Family’s advantages of simplicity, reliability and automation."