Analyst Reports

  • ACG Market Impact Report: Instant Network  
    Infinera, a company long known for its industry-leading photonic integration, is taking another step in its journey toward cognitive networking with the introduction of Infinera Instant Network. Infinera Instant Network builds upon three of the company's foundational technologies: fourth-generation sliceable, multi-terabit, photonic integration; open, programmable network interfaces with the Xceed SDN Software Suite and Instant Bandwidth software activation of service-ready optical capacity.

  • Infinera Delivers the Xceed Software Suite  
    Infinera’s Xceed Software Suite delivers dynamic service applications over an open source SDN controller with advanced multi-layer path computation and a rich network abstraction layer. Xceed’s automated and programmatic approach helps service providers achieve profitable growth by maximizing multi-layer networking efficiency and minimizing operational costs.
  • Infinera Delivers Instant Bandwidth - An ACG Market Impact Report  
    Infinera’s Instant Bandwidth™ offering will enable it to expand its customer base by offering options to operators that may not have been able to purchase 500G or do not need 500G right away. Keep in mind that operators are building entire networks, and 500G of bandwidth will be the required capacity for many network routes when doing an upgrade. Yet, offering it in 100G increments still retains the benefits of integrated OTN switching and super-channels with excellent PMD compensation and enables routes to be deployed at increasing distances with lower impairments. This option closely coupled with network capacity deployment and customer service requirements delivers real cost savings. Looking forward, we expect this software- and hardware-based instant bandwidth utility model will enable Infinera to widen its potential market base and increase its global market share in 2013 and 2014.
  • Market Impact: Infinera Delivers the Multi-Terabit Infinite Capacity Engine  
    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.
  • Architecting the New Metro Network for the Cloud Era  
    Metro networks are entering a period of profound change and disruption driven not only by the continued growth in metro IP traffic but, even more significantly, by the changing demands and requirements for network services driven by the cloud. The gap between the flexible and on-demand requirements of cloud applications and the static nature of today’s metro networks is unprecedented, and is leading network operators globally to radically re-think how networks are built and operated. In short, cloud services (Layer C) are the business drivers for metro network transformation, part of the intelligent transport (Layer T). While NFV will ultimately drive the virtualization of hundreds of network functions, not all functions will be virtualized. The job of the next generation metro transport network will be to combine state-of-the-art photonic innovations with the right mix of packet switching in order to support Layer C. Heavy Reading outlines the key building blocks for next generation metro networks in this whitepaper.
  • The New Simplified Network Model  
    Rapid network traffic growth is driving constant change in the infrastructure as operators strive to scale their networks to keep up with the growth. In addition to the capital expense of this infrastructure expansion, the network is becoming more complex, which has led operators to employ the IT tool of virtualization, in the form of network functions virtualization (NFV), to reduce network complexity. NFV is becoming a reality in the network as equipment designers have virtualized numerous network elements such as the firewall, evolved packet core (EPC) and provider edge (PE) router. As virtualization subsumes many functions that modify services and connections which were otherwise performed in physical network elements, vendors are freed to develop network elements that are focused on moving bits and/or packets (which cannot be virtualized), and not performing ancillary network functions. This segregation of network functions into virtual versus physical processes suggests a two-layer model, which can simplify network planning and result in a more effective and efficient network.
  • 100G+ and ROADM Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey  
    Deployment of 100G WDM ports tripled in 2013 and continues to grow rapidly through 2014. But by 2016 deployment of this technology in core networks saturates— and then the opportunity for coherent WDM technology at rates for 100G and beyond really lies in the shorter spans of the metro. We discovered that the killer app for metro 100G in the next 12 months is data center interconnect (DCI).
  • Rise of High-Capacity Data Center Interconnect in Hyper-Scale Service Provider Systems  
    The growth of cloud-based services in consumer and business applications during the past five years has been spectacular. Projections are that this trajectory will continue during the next five years. By 2019 mobile network traffic is forecasted to increase tenfold. Half of this increase will be in video services, and an additional 10 percent will be in social networking applications. At the same time, business cloud computing services are expected to increase at a 40 percent average annual rate. By 2019 there will be 60 percent more data centers in the world’s metropolitan areas than there are today, and data center interconnect volumes will increase by more than 400 percent.
  • ICT Core Networks: Towards a Scalable, Energy Efficient Future  
    The past 15 years have been a time of tremendous growth in the availability and fidelity of communication technologies. Pervasive availability and the growing richness of content have resulted in exponential growth of communications traffic related to Internet, multimedia, and cloud computing applications and services. The combined efforts of industry, government, academia, and investors have kept pace with this demand, but the growing cost, heat, and energy requirements challenge the scalability and energy efficiency of future networks.
  • Global Service Provider Survey Excerpts: OTN, MPLS, and Control Plane Strategies by Infonetics Research, Inc.  
    OTN switching is desired by the majority of carriers surveyed, and it is apparent that this feature is a requirement that should be integrated into most WDM transport platforms in the metro and in virtually all higher-density DWDM systems for the core. Likewise, optical shared mesh protections plays a minor role today in carrier networks, but if operators get their way it will be dominant by 2016 along with more meshed topologies in general. It will be important to see whether vendors can build platforms that integrate OTN switching and DWDM where both functions can scale in the future without a compromise in either individual function.