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Cloud Scale Multi-terabit Transport – Scale Up Instantly

September 20, 2017
By Dan Parsons
Sr. Manager, Architecture Marketing

Cloud, cloud, cloud, cloud…it seems that every other word in our industry is “cloud.” Rightly so, because it has become the center of the new era of the digital communication and information technology (IT) landscape for business. Almost everything we do with our smart devices involves the cloud, and connectivity is required for many of the apps we run on our tablets, laptops and smart phones.

The cloud is essentially the infrastructure of the World Wide Web transformed to an amalgamated compute, storage and network infrastructure. The compute and storage resources are virtualized and hosted on servers in data centers (DCs) that are interconnected all over the world through an optical transport network.

User bandwidth growth is tracking Nielsen’s Law at about 50 percent per year, and the number of connected devices is rapidly moving toward an estimate of 50 billion by 2025. As end-user traffic grows so does the traffic between data centers, and data center interconnect (DCI) capacity is growing at almost 50 percent per year. As a result, cloud scale transport is imperative for optical infrastructure.

What Is Cloud Scale Transport?

Fundamentally, it is the same principles that are used within the DC applied to the transport network –capacity and performance that are instantly scalable from a virtual infinite pool of resources, with standards-based open software and networking. Using these principles, the cloud is resilient, automated, offers easy point-and-click operation, is enabled by simple rack-and-stack equipment and is programmable to host any application.

Figure 1: Principles of Cloud Scale Transport

These principles are applied in part to traditional telecom transport equipment. However, without an underlying core photonic technology and architecture, traditional transport equipment cannot scale with the cloud.

Consider just the cloud scale principle of scaling capacity. Within the DC, performance can be scaled up on a single server and/or scaled out across multiple servers by instantly accessing a virtual infinite pool of resources. It appears infinite because compute and storage resources can be returned to the pool and used again, or in cloud terms, scaled up/down and out/in. However, for traditional optical transport equipment, instant scale up is limited to a single wavelength and not the entire spectrum if no other wavelengths are available and ready for service.

An Example

The value of cloud scale transport can be seen in subsea applications, where only a few fiber pairs are typically available and distances can be more than 10,000 kilometers. In addition, subsea capacity demand increases at about 50 percent per year, driven primarily by content service providers. A subsea communication service provider (CSP) has two options to address this issue: either to increase the capacity of the current optical channels on the transport network or to add more channels. For subsea transport, increasing channel capacity may not be viable – for example, if the capacity-reach performance limits of the current technology have been reached and 50 percent more capacity is required, the only option then is to add more optical channels or wavelengths. The CSP faces the dilemma of how many channels to add – what will result in the best return on investment (ROI)? Subsea wavelengths are not cheap. Unless the CSP has idle optical channels on its multi-terabit transport network, the following series of events must take place to scale up the network with the new optical capacity:

Planning (Engineering)+ 1/2 week
Ordering hardware (Procurement)+ 1/2 week
Delivery+ 10 weeks
Installation and commissioning (Operations)+ 2 weeks

In this typical deployment example, the new capacity is only turned up after more than two months involving three different departments. Although the cloud drove the demand, the traditional subsea transport network could not scale with the cloud. The real impact was that about three weeks of operational costs were incurred and two months of revenue was lost. In the age of the cloud, this is unacceptable. Clearly, cloud scale transport is more than just big fat pipes – it’s the ability to scale up optical capacity instantly and economically from an infinite pool of resources, just like inside the DC.

Consider the cloud scale Infinera Intelligent Transport Network with the embedded fourth-generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE4) and the Instant Bandwidth solution for the subsea application. A flexible, pre-qualified, multi-terabit-per-second pool of capacity is available that can be accessed instantly for scaling up and down services with the click of a mouse. The ramifications of this are enormous. Not only are almost two months of the traditional deployment cycle eliminated, but the CSP can respond to business opportunities quickly, realize faster time to revenue and offer new types of service such as on-demand wavelengths. With cloud scale transport, the subsea CSP can offer competitive and differentiated services and realize better ROI, leading to higher brand value.

The ability to scale up transport capacity at cloud scale is not only obvious in its value but also necessary. Leveraging the combined cloud principles of scaling up capacity, scaling out the network, open software and networking and an infinite pool of virtual capacity is possible with key technologies like ICE4, intelligent transport architectures and application software. In future blogs on cloud scale transport, we’ll consider the other three key principles – stay tuned!

For more information, please contact us.

Related links:

Webinar: Cloud Scale Optical Network Questions? Get the Answers

Web page: Infinite Capacity Engine
Blog: The Five Steps to Cognitive Networking (Part 1)
Blog: The Five Steps to Cognitive Networking (Part 2)

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    From: FUBHO9/22/2017 11:28:37 AM
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    Haven't been able to find an article that states who the gear vendor is. Maybe they are using more than one.

    Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius complete 160Tbps Marea subsea cable

    22 September 2017 | Natalie Bannerman

    Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius confirm the completed construction of 6,600km-long subsea cable from Virginia Beach to Bilbao, Spain.

    The cable named Marea, which means tide in Spanish, is the highest capacity cable to cross the Atlantic, offering up to 160Tbps. It is expected to be operational by early 2018.

    Because of the choice in landing point, the Marea cable is well situated to connect to network hubs in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, while its bandwidth will help it meet the growing demand for the internet and cloud services.

    "Marea comes at a critical time," said Brad Smith, president of Microsoft. "Submarine cables in the Atlantic already carry 55% more data than trans-Pacific routes and 40% more data than between the US and Latin America. There is no question that the demand for data flows across the Atlantic will continue to increase and Marea will provide a critical connection for the United States, Spain, and beyond."

    The cable has been built with an open framework in mind and is interoperable with a variety of networking equipment, it can therefore grow and evolve with technology, in line with future demand and user needs.

    Najam Ahmad, vice president of network engineering for Facebook, said that through Marea’s flexible design and functionality it enables the company to reach its goal to give users "deep connections and shared experiences". He added: "Obviously, connectivity is one part of achieving that goal. Marea will help us connect people more quickly and efficiently. More broadly, robust connectivity can help a wide variety of people build relationships and collaborate between countries and across cultures."

    Construction of the cable began in August 2016 and the laying of subsea cable began only five months ago. From design all the way through to construction Marea was completed in under two years – almost three times faster than the average subsea cable project.

    Rafael Arranz, chief operating officer for Telxius, says: "All of these applications, especially everything that is driven by video, consume a huge amount of bandwidth. So everybody needs to be connected with a high-volume, high-bandwidth infrastructure. With its unique route, this cable is going to be able to absorb and deliver back-and-forth traffic to strengthen communications, not just across the Atlantic, but across the globe."

    As a result of the completion of the cable, the local business community in Virginia has already felt some advantages. Robert Hudome, the Virginia Beach Development Authority’s senior project development manager, said: "We’re already seeing a lot of interest in data centres being developed here because of the connectivity of the cable. And it’s not just national, it’s also international. We see this as an opportunity for a whole new industry sector to develop and bring new capital investment and jobs with it."

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    To: FUBHO who wrote (3230)9/22/2017 11:31:13 AM
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    Seaborn tests technology to boost Seabras-1 by 50%
    22 September 2017 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

    Seaborn Networks says it could increase capacity of its new Seabras-1 subsea cable by 50% using new optical technology.

    The cable company and its technology vendor, Infinera, say they have completed a trial on the newly opened cable that demonstrates much higher efficiency.

    Larry Schwartz, chairman and CEO of Seaborn Networks, said: "The capacity upgrade maximises our return on investment and further underscores the uniqueness of Seaborn’s capacity on Seabras-1."

    The trial "demonstrated 4.5 bits per second per hertz on the Seabras-1 cable", said Seaborn, over a distance of more than 10,500km. Seabras-1, which went into service earlier this month, links Brazil and the US.

    Dave Welch, president and co-founder of Infinera, said the technology used "delivers industry-leading capacity-reach performance for our subsea customers where spectral efficiency is paramount and bandwidth demand is growing at more than 45% per year".

    The technology supports "up to 18.2Tbps per fibre for distances over 10,000km", said Seaborn.

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    From: FUBHO9/24/2017 9:26:11 PM
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    Andy Bax Talks About Turning Up Seabras-1

    September 21, 2017

    By Scott Jackson
    Vice President, Subsea Business Group

    Andy Bax, COO at Seaborn NetworksRecently, I had the opportunity to sit down with Andy Bax, Chief Operating Officer of Seaborn Networks. Our discussion is captured below.

    Scott: Thanks for taking the time to chat today, Andy. Can you start by telling us a bit about Seaborn Networks?

    Andy: We are the only truly independent developer-owner-operator of submarine cable systems, which enables us to be flexible in both our architecture and business approach to building and operating subsea cable systems. Everything we do is in house, and from our design and engineering teams to our fully operational network operations centers (NOCs), sales and finance teams, our entire organization is solely focused on subsea.

    Scott: What is Seaborn’s business model and what makes you different?

    Andy: We’re changing the way submarine cable capacity is bought and sold by introducing the industry’s first carrier-neutral business model. We combine innovative pricing and agreements that are only possible with the flexibility of an independent cable operator. We’re using a “pay-as-you-grow” model for content providers, carriers, governments and internet service providers (ISPs).

    Scott: What can you tell us about Seabras-1?

    Andy: It’s our subsea cable from New York City to São Paulo. The system is the culmination of more than five years of hard work and more than $520 million USD of project financing. It’s owned by the Seabras Group, a combination of Seaborn and our equity investor Partners Group, and provides an exciting platform for future systems. With a projected build time of 18 months, Seabras-1 was ready for operation on time and on budget!

    Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1 Subsea CableScott: That’s a great story! What are the reach and capacity of Seabras-1?

    Andy: Seabras-1 is a combination of over 10,600 kilometers (km) of submarine fiber, more than 750 km of terrestrial fiber, and 13 points of presence (POPs) spread across São Paulo, New York, New Jersey and two cable stations. As the longest in-service, fully coherent subsea system designed specifically for 100 gigabits per second (Gb/s) technology from day one, until a little while ago it was expected to support 12 terabits per second (Tb/s) per fiber pair of capacity. However, we were very pleased to recently set an industry benchmark for capacity-reach performance by verifying up to 18.2 Tb/s for one of our Seaborn fiber pairs using 8QAM with the Infinera XTS-3300.

    Scott: Thank you. We were very pleased and excited as well about this achievement. Besides the wet plant or government approvals, what was your biggest concern over getting Seabras-1 into service on time?

    Andy: The list of potential challenges in building a cable system of this magnitude, together with the enhanced terrestrial networks across so many different POP locations, is way too long to write down, but as a seasoned project team we focused heavily on ensuring that we not only picked the best construction and permitting/licensing partners possible, but also worked closely with them to maintain the timelines we had set ourselves. Front of our minds at all times was making sure we did not make the same mistakes that are often made on projects like this, so we made sure, for example, that our cable stations, backhaul fiber networks and POP locations were secured and in place well before the subsea cable was ready to be lit. I think for many people in our sector, the fact that our cable station and terrestrial network in Brazil were ready well ahead of the date we needed them was a major accomplishment for Seaborn. That’s not to say we didn’t run into challenges along the way, but they were nothing that we didn’t expect and that we had plans for how to address ahead of time.

    Scott: Did it take longer than expected to get the initial link results once the subsea fibers were available?

    Andy: I have to say that we were both amazed and delighted with how quickly the initial link results from Infinera were available. In less than 30 minutes, Seabras-1 was active and performance expectations were exceeded. Of course, we just shrugged as if we’d expected that to be the case all along, but the Infinera project folks knew we were delighted.

    Scott: Thanks for the compliment! What do you feel is the biggest differentiator that you have as a subsea cable operator?

    Andy: Our innovation, focus on service and flexibility. As examples, our SeaCloud and on-demand services. In an industry where capacity can only be bought in set amounts and takes weeks if not months to deliver across what are fairly basic networks, we have taken the view that in today’s cloud environment that’s just not acceptable. We’re taking the pain out of international connectivity with flexible bandwidth offerings that grow as you do and that we deliver within two days. We’re also delivering SeaSpeed, providing the lowest latency link between the financial centers of Brazil and the U.S. When you take our enhanced level of service, SeaSpeed and the fact that Seabras-1 is the only direct cable system between the U.S. and Brazil, this is a game changer in our industry and a key factor in enabling a broader competitive landscape on key international routes.

    Scott: How did Infinera help you realize SeaCloud?

    Andy: It’s the cloud scale Instant Bandwidth solution that starts with the DTN-X XTS 3300. It’s a high-capacity 1 rack unit (1RU) rack-and-stack meshponder that fits into the data center but connects directly to the wet plant and delivers outstanding capacity-reach performance. With a click of a mouse we can turn up 100G instantly. Combined with Infinera’s bandwidth-on-demand service, we are able to add network capacity within minutes, as opposed to going through the traditional, and painful, upgrade path. This means we can deliver our SeaCloud service to anyone on any scale.

    Scott: That’s the power of Instant Bandwidth. And may I ask why you chose Infinera?

    Andy: We look for certain attributes in a partner and in any relationship that we commit to. In Infinera we have a partner that is leading the field in technology and deployment capabilities and has shown a commitment to our partnership that matches our own. Just as importantly for us, we see Infinera as being very much aligned with our thinking and approach with innovation, flexibility and a willingness to work with us, even on our craziest of ideas! At the end of the day it’s all about delivering on your promises, and they have not missed a beat.

    Scott: We all agree with that! What’s next for Seaborn?

    Andy: With Seabras-1 now ready for operations, we are excited about changing the landscape of subsea cable operations and leading the field in terms of service and delivery performance. And of course, there are more subsea cables to come. We’ll shortly be starting the build of Argentina’s first independent subsea cable system connecting it to Brazil (ARBR) and linking it with Seabras-1. There are plenty more subsea cable opportunities for us out there, and we’ll be making some exciting announcements in the coming months around what they are.

    For more information on Infinera’s subsea solutions, please contact us.

    Related links:

    Press Release: Infinera and Seaborn Set Subsea Industry Benchmark for Capacity-Reach with XTS-3300 on Seabras-1Press Release: Seaborn Lights Seabras-1 Subsea Network to Offer Cloud Scale Services On Demand with Infinera XTS-3300 MeshpondersVideo: Seaborn Lights Subsea Cable in MinutesBlog: The Future of the Cloud Lies Under the SeaAndy Bax is Chief Operating Officer at Seaborn Networks. Infinera thanks him for his contribution.

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    To: FUBHO who wrote (3232)9/24/2017 9:28:28 PM
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    Should get some kind of announcement of a XTM II deal/customer in the next couple weeks as it supposed to be available around now, so they would probably want to alert the market/stakeholders/potential customers that it is shipping.

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    From: FUBHO9/25/2017 11:45:50 AM
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    European Peering Forum
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Event website
    09/18/2017 - 09/20/2017
    Submarine Networks World 2017
    Event website
    See confirmed speakers and topics
    09/25/2017 - 09/27/2017
    NFV & Carrier SDN
    Denver, Colorado
    Event website
    See confirmed speakers and topics
    09/26/2017 - 09/28/2017
    2017 IEEE Photonics Conference
    Lake Buena Vista, Florida
    Event website
    See confirmed speakers and topics
    10/01/2017 - 10/05/2017
    Futurecom 2017
    Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Event website
    See confirmed speakers and topics
    10/02/2017 - 10/05/2017
    5G Asia 2017
    Event website
    See confirmed speakers and topics
    10/02/2017 - 10/04/2017
    SDN NFV World Congress 2017
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Event website
    10/09/2017 - 10/13/2017
    Data Centre World 2017
    Event website
    See confirmed speakers and topics
    10/11/2017 - 10/12/2017
    Capacity Central America & Andean
    Bogotá, Colombia
    Event website
    10/11/2017 - 10/12/2017
    Internet 2 Technology Exchange
    San Francisco, California
    Event website
    10/15/2017 - 10/18/2017

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    To: Tartuffe who wrote (3206)9/26/2017 11:11:47 AM
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    At the same time, businesses are less likely to accept prolonged outages, he adds. "You can't tell your customers, 'We are going to have an outage and it will take me two days to fix it,' because in some industries, that's a non-starter," he says.

    Being able to re-configure the network is not going to be optional going forward, and being able to add and drop capacity on a sub sea cable in real time will make that possible. Having a ceiling of unused capacity that can be turned on quickly could capture huge flows if only for for the short term while they get the power back- Re- routing around an entire city or region because of natural disaster is not an uncommon thing-Even special events produce large spike in flow traffic that need to be accomodated for short periods of time- The XTS-3300 can handle multiple types of flows and is the prescription for these situations-

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    From: FUBHO9/26/2017 8:15:47 PM
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    Windstream to demo SDN-enabled multi-vendor service orchestration at MEF17

    September 26, 2017
    Author Stephen Hardy
    Editorial Director and Associate Publisher

    Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN) will partner with Ciena, Coriant, and Infinera to participate in the MEF17 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase. Windstream and its collaborators will offer a demonstration of multi-vendor service orchestration enabled via software-defined networking (SDN). The PoC demonstration will show off the capabilities of Windstream's Software Defined Network Orchestrated Waves (SDNow) service (see " Windstream Wholesale offers SDN orchestrated wavelength services via SDNow").

    The MEF PoC Showcase demonstration will see on-demand, end-to-end activation of SDNow 10-Gbps optical transport services on Windstream's 150,000-mile fiber-optic network. The multi-domain service orchestration will leverage SDN controller software provided by Windstream's vendor partners. The demonstration also will spotlight intent-based provisioning, data abstraction, and use of APIs for automated software-driven service design, provisioning, and delivery. The demonstration aligns with the MEF Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) standards and open-source projects (see, for example, " MEF increases focus on SD-WAN managed services").

    "In line with MEF's focus on enabling dynamic Third Network solutions, Windstream's partnership with these three industry pioneers – Ciena, Coriant, and Infinera – highlights the benefits of our multi-vendor network ecosystem," said Joe Harding, executive vice president and enterprise chief marketing officer for Windstream Wholesale. "This collaborative effort -- using multiple hardware platforms orchestrated in real-time via multi-domain service orchestration with APIs to underlying domain controllers -- will demonstrate how end-users can take advantage of maximum network control and access to agile, on-demand bandwidth solutions, as well as simplified and accelerated service delivery using minimal human touchpoints."

    Windstream currently provides SDNow to five third-party carrier-neutral data centers, one each in Chicago, Dallas, Ashburn, Miami, and Atlanta. The service provider reveals it has plans to add services and locations this year and next. Windstream explains its use of an SDN-enabled, DevOps-style approach to automation development in SDNow enables the abstraction of service delivery complexity as well as a simplified view of the multi-vendor optical layer.

    MEF17 will take place in Orlando, FL, from November 13-16.

    For related articles, visit the SDN/NFV Topic Center.

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    From: FUBHO9/27/2017 10:50:53 AM
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    Sprint launches US carrier hotel PoP strategy

    27 September 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe

    Sprint has announced that it is establishing new points of presence (PoP) in major carrier hotels as part of its plan to expand its network and provide access at the lowest cost.

    The first of these is One Summer St. in the Boston area, which is New England’s largest multi-tenant mission-critical telecommunications and data centre facility. Sprint can now provide access to global MPLS and dedicate IP customers via a direct presence at One Summer.

    The new PoP provides One Summer St.’s carrier and enterprise customers access to port speed up to 100Gbps. The facility serves more than 200 tenants including leading financial, healthcare, academic, government, entertainment, and science and technology firms.

    “Markley’s flagship One Summer Street facility was a high priority for us when we decided to expand the number of carrier hotels where we have a PoP,” said Mike Fitz, president and general manager of the Sprint global wireline business unit.

    “Sprint is aggressively expanding our network. Deploying in a major carrier hotel like One Summer allows us to provide access to our global all-IP network to a significant number of customers.”

    Deploying in major carrier hotels is part of Sprint’s aggressive strategy to expand its IP network footprint. Accelerating adoption of cloud services, and an ever-growing mobile workforce are driving enterprises to new WAN solutions that meet their increasing need for flexibility, performance and security. Sprint’s presence in major carrier hotels makes it easier for customers to access its comprehensive portfolio of connectivity, cloud networking solutions and value added services, including SD-WAN.

    To support the growing shift from legacy data networks to an all-IP environment, Sprint also added 52 US IP/MPLS nodes in 2016, and in 2017, will add more than 70 nodes, expanding to more than 220 US IP/MPLS nodes.

    Additionally, Sprint has built hundreds of network-to-network interconnections (NNI) with more than 50 ILEC and cable providers, creating an Ethernet access footprint that blankets the United States.

    John Fleming, VP of operations at Markley Group, added: “We are delighted to add Sprint to our list of carrier options here in Markley at 1 Summer St. Sprint is well known for having a high-performance, secure network. Being able to provide our clients access to networks of this quality with a global reach adds significant new options for our clients.”

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