Infinera Mushrooms Cloud Xpress family for High Capacity Datacenter Interconnect

By CIOReview | Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SUNNYVALE, CA: The new Cloud Xpress platform of Metro Colud by Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks unveils 100Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) with enhanced functionalities. With this augmentation, the solution meets the requirements of Cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers, large enterprises and other large-scale datacenter operators.

Cloud Xpress family was designed for network operators delivering cloud-based services to consumers and businesses worldwide and was introduced in the Metro Cloud the transport network that interconnects multiple data centers within a metro area in 2014, which also started its shipping in the end of same year.

Delivering Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) datacenter interconnects services up to 500 gigabits per second (Gb/s) in a compact two rack unit chassis, Cloud Xpress leverages the oPIC-500 optical engine, Infinera’s unique metro-optimized photonic integrated circuit. Highlighted functionalities of the solution comprehends hyper-scale density, simplified operations and low power of the existing Cloud Xpress family that operators can use to easily deploy and scale their networks with supporting 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE client-side interfaces that matches customer specific needs.

Some other notable enhancements to the Cloud Xpress family include MACsec encryption for improved security, NETCONF & YANG support for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and ease of use, and LLDP discovery protocols enabling datacenter automation. The Cloud Xpress platforms are purpose-built for the datacenter interconnect market. It is the rack-and-stack form factor and software approach that enables the solution to easily integrate into existing Cloud provisioning systems using open SDN APIs.

“Infinera’s Cloud Xpress is a Cloud-optimized platform offering the highest density and terabit scalability to interconnect our datacenters while maintaining a very low power footprint. This enables our customers to access Cloud and network nodes between datacenters across the metro with high performance and great efficiency. The new 100 Gbps interfaces will definitely expand the potential applications for Cloud Xpress,” says Teri Francis, Vice President of Technology at Equinix.