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Transforming the optical layer into an Intelligent Transport Network™.



Infinera has just one mission: to build the world's most innovative network solutions to help our customers win.

Infinera Technology Overview
Since the advent of DWDM in the mid-1990s, most equipment vendors have envisioned an all-optical, highly analog future. According to this vision, amplifiers, filters, and mirrors replace all electronics in networks, and seamlessly transport digital services as waves of light. It's an attractive idea, since the translation between optical and electrical domains--the so-called "O-E-O" conversion--historically accounts for significant network costs. So why not just get rid of it?

It turns out there's a catch. Analog, all-optical networks are at odds with the digital information streams they carry. They are complex to design, and react very slowly to unforeseen changes in service demands – something that is increasingly common in today's cloud architectures.

Infinera's Digital Experience
From the outset, Infinera's vision was to enable DWDM transport networks to be more responsive to the digital services they carry. To do this we had to solve the challenge of reducing the cost of those OEO conversions, and we did this by integrating the optical functions of our switches into a single pair of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). Our unique PIC technology allows us to combine DWDM capacity with the efficiency and ease of use that digital OTN switching can bring. We call the combination of service-ready PIC capacity and distributed OTN switching "Bandwidth Virtualization."

Our first iteration of this vision – the Digital Optical Network – helped to revolutionize the DWDM industry in the "10 Gigabit Era." More recently, the introduction of the DTN-X platform has taken the 100 Gb/s long haul market by storm, and now we've brought our vision of the Intelligent Transport Network to the rapidly growing metro cloud market in the form of Infinera's Cloud Xpress platform.

Click on the links below for more detail on the Intelligent Transport Network, and its technology building blocks.

The Intelligent Transport NetworkThe New Simplified Model of Layer C and Layer T

IT and network architectures are being drastically transformed. Scale and virtualization are fundamental trends driving this transformation. These trends are disrupting the old model of hierarchical, functionally heavy, ring fenced network comprising several layers of devices and giving rise to a simplified model of Cloud Services, and Intelligent Transport.

Cloud services are growing at a phenomenal rate. IT functions of compute, storage and network in a single super point of presence (POP) are being distributed to multiple Cloud datacenters . As a result, operators need to scale, simplify and increase flexibility in their networks. They are constantly seeking efficient ways to reduce their IT complexity. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is enabling operators to migrate Layer 3-7 services like Security, Voice, CPE, and BRAS from standalone devices to software services on x86 hardware within Cloud datacenters, giving rise to the Cloud Services layer, Layer C.

Meanwhile, transport functions at the lower layers (layer 0 through 3) are converging as operators encourage vendors to design the most cost effective network elements, giving rise to an intelligent transport layer, Layer T. It combines packet services of Ethernet and MPLS technologies, digital functionality of OTN switching and optical transmission and switching with WDM and ROADM functionality. Software Defined Networking (SDN) abstracts the services and functions of Layer T and presents standardized application programming interfaces (APIs) such that control can be offloaded to Layer C.

All this is conceptualized as Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Network architecture, which is a judicious mix of packet, digital, and optical functions on a single, scalable, flexible, and programmable platform exposed to virtualized control and network applications via APIs using SDN.

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2935Not a "fake one for looks"- it is a new DCI platform that seems to havTartuffe14 hours ago
2934I don't know much about the technologies, but the first WaveServer that was jonathanizak-7 hours ago
2933lightwaveonline.com I think what Ciena might have done is take the the amplifTartuffe-yesterday
2932I found that the WaveLogic Ai DSP is built on a FD-SOI 28nm, which is beneficialFUBHO-yesterday
2931That I remembered reading this. The below mentions that Infinera decided to usejonathanizak-yesterday
2930Thank you.FUBHO-yesterday
2929 WaveServer ai data sheet: media.ciena.comjonathanizak-yesterday
2928Where did you locate the WaveServer Ai datasheet?FUBHO-yesterday
2927Thanks and you are correct. There is a data sheet, but it just says 24 ports, lejonathanizak-yesterday
2926Cloud Express 2 is fed by 12 100 GbE ports on the client side, so 1.2 Tbps line FUBHO-yesterday
2925Ciena WaveServer ai vs. CloudXpress 2 Anyone have any thoughts here? Is Ciena&#jonathanizak-yesterday
2924[youtube video]FUBHO-yesterday
2923Surge of New Capacity Expected in Top US Data Center Markets This Year BY YEVGFUBHO-yesterday
2922Windstream announces expansion of Dallas metro network 24 Feb 2017 Windstream haFUBHO-yesterday
2921Switches average $2500 a 100G port in Jan 2016, so maybe $1000 a port for transpFUBHO-Thursday
2920Thanks :) Eurofiber also in 2017 Not nearly as big of a find as the Microsoft djonathanizak1Thursday
2919EXCELLENT SLEUTHING! Good job. I am very impressed with this find. =========FUBHO-Thursday
2918Microsoft: telecomtransmissionservice.nl "More than 1,200 100G connections jonathanizak3Thursday
2917Three New Data Centers for Interxion February 23rd, 2017 by Rob Powell · FUBHO-Thursday
2916Core-Backbone upgrades German network to 100Gbps with Infinera 23 Feb 2017 GermaFUBHO-Thursday
2915Sparkle becomes MEF 100G CE 2.0 certified for e-line services capacitymedia.comFUBHO-Wednesday
2914Verizon to Begin 5G User Trials in 11 Markets by Middle of Year by Scott Moritz FUBHO-Wednesday
2913German Carrier Expands Capacity With Infinera Cloud Xpress compoundsemiconductorjonathanizak1Tuesday
2912Colt selects Ciena... lightwaveonline.com Bummer. Hopefully they still plan on jonathanizak1Tuesday
2911Sweden’s EQT buys US carrier Lumos for $950m 21 Feb 2017 Swedish investor EQT isFUBHO-Tuesday
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