Optical Connections, 6/16/2017
"The latest XTM II products are eight times denser in terms of transmission capacity while setting a new power-consumption low of 20W-27W per 100 gigabits, depending on the operating temperature. Infinera claims its nearest metro equipment competitor achieves 47W per 100 gigabits. [...] What Infinera is unveiling now are three cards for the enhanced chassis. The new cards will work with the older generation XTM chassis (without the ‘II’ suffix) as long as a vacant card slot is available and the chassis’ total power supply is not exceeded. This is important given Infinera’s claim that over 30,000 XTM chassis are already deployed."
Disruptive Asia, 6/14/2017
"The new range of 200G-per-wavelength traffic units includes a 400G "flexponder" (a dual 200G muxponder that uses 16QAM for high-capacity transport, or a dual 100G transponder that uses QPSK for longer reach operation),a 200G Layer 1 muxponder that supports a broad range of client signals, and the EMXP440 packet-optical transport switch that provides Layer 2 packet-optical switching with dual 100/200G ports and 12 or 24 10G ports."
"Sterling Perrin, principal analyst, optical networking and transport at Heavy Reading, says Infinera has achieved the power efficient design by using a distributed switch architecture rather that a central switch fabric and adopting the CFP2-DCO pluggable module with its low-power coherent DSP. [...] Having a distributed switch fabric is a long-term advantage for Infinera for these applications, says Perrin, whereas competitor vendors can also benefit from adopting the CFP2-DCO for their next designs."
Transforming Network Infrastructure, 6/13/2017
"In a recent conversation with Infinera’s Geoff Bennett, he illustrated the next generation of communications applications – IoT, enterprise apps, social video sharing and VR – will drive network demand, but the reality is m2m traffic is steering the ship. Metro backhaul has long been the "'onramp to the Internet,' and its architecture is evolving. Customers are talking, and Infinera is listening."
Data Center Knowledge, 6/13/2017
"'It’s a big announcement,' [Andrew] Schmitt said in reference to Infinera’s release of Cloud Xpress 2. 'They invented this category. They are the big gorilla and have come under attack, and this is their response.'"
"The XTM II adds support of Infinera's Instant Bandwidth capabilities, which enables provisioning of bandwidth pools. However, the portfolio can support Instant Bandwidth without the addition of the company's well-known photonic integrated circuits (PICs), according to Infinera Director, Solutions and Technology Geoff Bennett. The company decided against using the PICs for the XTM II to enable interoperability with fielded XTM systems, he explained. Bennett noted the possibility of an evolution from Instant Bandwidth to the new Instant Network capabilities in the future."
Light Reading, 6/13/2017
"This release 'is a big deal for the installed base of legacy Transmode customers, of which there is quite a bit, especially in Europe, as it gives them a backward-compatible way to move to a new system, with 200G wavelengths, greater density and better power specs,' notes [Heavy Reading principal analyst and optical expert Sterling Perrin], adding that those claimed power specs make for a 'very strong' proposition, enabled 'in part because they don’t have a centralized switch fabric drawing power.'"
Fibre Systems, 6/13/2017
"Traffic patterns in metro networks are becoming increasingly dynamic, explains Geoff Bennett, director of solutions and technology for Infinera. Instead of pulling all the data back to a central hub before processing, the compute and storage functions are moving to the edge of the network – to support architectures like Remote PHY in cable networks, mobile fronthaul via cloud-RAN and concepts like Central Office Rearchitected as a Data centre (CORD) in broadband access. The XTM II has been designed for these bandwidth-intensive applications at the metro edge, he says. With its high density and low power consumption, it is particularly suited for the constrained environments found in telecom huts."
Optical Connections, 6/12/2017
"Andrew Schmitt, Founder and Lead Analyst at Cignal AI, commented, 'Infinera raised the bar in the industry with the Cloud Xpress, beating its competition to the market with a platform purpose-built for DCI. The general availability of the Cloud Xpress 2 places Infinera in a leadership position to continue meeting the challenging technical, cost and high-volume requirements of cloud and content provider networks.'"
"This solution also features application programming interfaces. It has built-in hardware-based data encryption. It is high density – delivering 1.2 terabits per second of line-side capacity in a single rack unit. And it is a low power use solution. Cloud Xpress 2 also provides plug-and-play installation. And it leverages software-defined networking for activation automation and ease of scaling."