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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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2771I recall one thing that was kind of new now that I read the Ciena article. The FUBHO-yesterday
2770Ciena( CIEN) , the fiber optic networking provider, is set to announce earnings FUBHO-yesterday
2769Stock will go higher rapidly if there is no further delay in dsp or market shockFUBHO-yesterday
2768Nope. I think we'll know when things are on the upswing again when Tom Fallinefficient-yesterday
2767I didn't hear anything new in the presentation.FUBHO1yesterday
2766Come on Infinera, where's that DSP... Spark New Zealand deploys 200-Gbps OTFUBHO-Tuesday
2765Why Equinix is Buying Verizon Data Centers for $3.6B BY YEVGENIY SVERDLIK ON DFUBHO-Tuesday
2764Equinix (EQIX 329.49, -2.59 -0.78%) to acquire a portfolio of 24 data center sitFUBHO-Tuesday
2763Yes, it is, which would explain that. The joint Lumentum / Infinera presentatioFUBHO-Tuesday
2762ahhhh isn't it tomorrow?inefficient-Tuesday
2761I don't know if they canceled that presentation or what. But there is no reFUBHO-Tuesday
2760I kept refreshing for the presentation, but I never heard it. Ended up going toFUBHO-Tuesday
2759 will be interesting to see if they update the status of the dsp testing.inefficient-Tuesday
2758Raymond James 2016 Technology Investors Conference December 7, 2016 Time: 01:15FUBHO-Tuesday
2757Yahoo! JAPAN Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress for Data Center Interconnect FUBHO1Monday
2756 Windstream expands its Philadelphia metro fiber network by Sean Buckley Nov 30FUBHO-last Friday
2755 CenturyLink Rolls Out 1Gbps FTTP Services in Midwest USFUBHO-last Friday
2754 This is a video that talks about all the trends of cloud services, SDN, 5g 100gTartuffe1last Thursday
2753Zayo to acquire Electric Lightwave for $1.42bn | Jason Mcgee-AFUBHO1last Thursday
2752Zayo touts success of Manchester, UK, PoPFUBHO-November 30
2751[tweet]FUBHO-November 29
2750[tweet] [tweet][tweet]FUBHO-November 28
2749Zayo Expands Manchester Presence November 23rd, 2016 Yesterday, Zayo revealeFUBHO-November 25
2748Guest Blog: Enabling an Ecosystem of Open Networks for DCI and Metro Edge WDM TrFUBHO-November 23
2747Elsewhere, Cignal AI reports that Huawei and Infinera enjoyed significant uptickTartuffe2November 23
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