NFVZone (TMCnet), 4/21/2016
"Cloud Xpress, which Infinera introduced in 2014, supports up to 1tbps of input and output in two rack units; a 500Gbps super channel of WDM line side bandwidth over 150km without the need for amps or muxes, or up to 600km with amps; and SDN-based APIs enable Cloud Xpress to plug into existing cloud provisioning systems. Infinera last month unveiled a multi-terabit optical subsystem with improved optical wave division multiplexing performance. Called the Infinite Capacity Engine, this solution delivers optical super-channel capacity up to 2.4 terabits per second and reach up to 12,000 kilometers."
"Windstream's efforts to tap into the burgeoning data center interconnection (DCI) market continues to pay off, as the telco's recent move to provide intra-data center services at Chicago's famed Cermak center shows. Building off momentum it created with the 500G route it built from Denver to Chicago to Dallas, the service provider is working with Infinera to connect data center locations within the Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak."
Light Reading, 4/14/2016
"David F. Welch, EVP at Infinera, sits down with Steve Saunders, Founder and CEO of Light Reading, to talk about optical white box technology, business strategy to maintain Infinera's success in the changing telecom landscape, the secret of their Tier 1 breakthrough and much more."
NFVZone (TMCnet), 4/12/2016
"Windstream, being a provider of advanced network communications and large bandwidth transport solutions, has a vested interest in ensuring the best possible connection for its customers. That’s exactly why the company recently turned to Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, to deploy Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned, high speed connections between data centers in Chicago. Data center interconnect represents a significant opportunity for Windstream and Cloud Xpress enables the company to efficiently serve its data center interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption."
"Data center interconnect apparently isn't just for the outside plant anymore. Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN) has installed Infinera's Cloud Xpress data center interconnect platform inside the massive Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak in Chicago [...] Despite the short distance, a length one might consider overkill for the Cloud Xpress's coherent transmission capabilities, the ability to pre-provision a large amount of capacity between the two points made the deployment appealing, Brown said. The pre-provisioning eliminates many of the manual operational issues that Windstream would encounter with more conventional approaches and plays to the company's ongoing software-defined networking (SDN) roll out strategy."
Light Reading, 4/12/2016
"It's well known that the last mile of access is often the most expensive, but what about that last several hundred feet? That's a challenge Windstream was trying to solve as it provided data center interconnection, and the answer proved to be Infinera's Cloud Xpress, as the two companies announced today. Windstream Communications Inc. (NYSE: WIN) is using the Infinera Corp. (Nasdaq: INFN) technology on specific floors within the Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak in Chicago, to connect to data center customers. It is the first deployment of transport gear by the company within a data center that it doesn't own and operate, says Jeff Brown, director of marketing and product management for Windstream."
"Windstream has taken another step forward in its data center interconnection journey, leveraging Infinera's Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned high speed connections between data centers in Chicago [...] Already an Infinera customer, Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to leverage the optical vendor's photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second (Tbps) of input and output capacity in just two rack units. Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500 Gbps super-channel of WDM line-side bandwidth over 150 km without additional multiplexers or amplifiers, and up to 600 km with an amplified line system."
CED Magazine, 4/12/2016
"Windstream announced the deployment of the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned high-speed connections between data centers in Chicago. Infinera reports that the Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to efficiently serve its data center interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption [...] The service provider is leveraging Infinera's photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in two rack units."
Techday Datacenter News, 4/11/2016
"The largest IX providers, such as Equinix, want as much of the Metro IX ecosystem as possible to be contained within their own facilities so that they can solve that problem for their customers. Following the logic of 'the network effect,' they know that the value of their facilities and IX services increases exponentially as they increase the number of customers and providers co-located there and within easy reach of each other."
ACG Research, 4/7/2016
"Infinera revolutionized optical integration with the introduction of its industry leading 100G Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC) in 2005. In 2011 the company followed with the introduction of a 500G PIC and coherent digital signal processing (DSP) technology. At the OFC Conference in March 2016, Infinera once again pushed the limits of optical integration with the debut of its multi-terabit Infinite Capacity Engine. The Infinite Capacity Engine is a family of next-generation optical subsystems consisting of fourth-generation photonic integration with advanced coherent signal processing, software defined networking-enabled sliceable photonics architecture and Layer 1 encryption."