Senior Manager, Corporate Marketing
Combine the stunning views from atop the hills surrounding Zurich, spirited competition and a challenge of raising funds for underprivileged and vulnerable children and you get the Colt Charity Bike Ride, a 445-kilometer bike ride from Frankfurt to Zurich. Infinera is proud to have sponsored Colt’s annual Charity Bike Ride since its inception, and has actively participated in the past four rides. Together with Colt, Infinera has ridden over 2,000 kilometers and helped raise more than €350,000 to date on behalf of children’s charities across Europe, India and Asia.
Infinera’s Rob Spalding, Mo Allen, John Ambrose, Ian MacDonald and Jodie Hoare took part in this year’s challenge, with the aim of raising £2,500 in support of the UK charity partner, Coram.
Rob, Mo, John and Ian were four of 110 riders from Belgium, Ireland, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, the UK, India, Hong Kong and Japan. In the driver’s seat of one of the six support vans was Jodie Hoare, who was part of the 20-strong support crew who made the event possible by providing the riders with meals, excursion check points, luggage transfers, and more, thereby ensuring the riders could focus on completing each day’s approximately 100-kilometer route.
Rob Spalding, Infinera account director, explains:
Principal Product Marketing Manager
As the saying goes, “Everything’s bigger in Texas.”
At the Supercomputing ’15 (SC15) conference and show in Austin last week, “BIG” could well have been the theme: big exhibits, big crowds, big data sets, and big ambitions for high-performance computing (HPC) to transform just about every field of research and every industry.
And in the center of it all, some really BIG pipes: 1.5 terabits per second (Tb/s) of bandwidth provided by Infinera and CenturyLink.
Because, you see, SC15 is not just a show. It is also a massive live network called SCinet enabling hundreds of live demonstrations and experiments that reach from Austin across the globe. Every year an army of networking talent builds a brand new SCinet from scratch, and this year’s SCinet was as big as ever. It was touted as “the fastest and most powerful network in the world,” and while that claim may be debatable, it was undeniably an impressive network. High-density 10/100 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) switches connected every booth and in turn connected to the world through CenturyLink’s scalable Intelligent Transport Network, powered by Infinera’s DTN-X Family.
Capacity from CenturyLink’s DTN-X network connected to the SCinet show floor, where Infinera’s newest DTN-X Family member, the XT-500, provided multiple 100 GbE ports connecting to the rest of the SCinet network.
So what is all that bandwidth used for? (more…)
Sr. Marketing Communications Manager
Carrier Ethernet was the toast of the town in Dallas, Texas at the MEF Gen15 conference. And for all of us at Infinera, GEN15 was a momentous occasion as we became the first technology vendor to be certified for 100 GbE Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services by Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF).
Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Networks have already won several industry accolades for their scalability, flexibility, and programmability. And their PXM packet switching module demonstrates our industry leadership in the first wave of 100 GbE CE 2.0 certification. It offers a standards-based solution that helps service providers deliver CE 2.0 certified services with greater speed, agility, and confidence.
The rise in mobile data services, on-demand video streaming, and Cloud services has resulted in a phenomenal increase in the amount of bandwidth demanded by end-users. Nowadays, end-users need greater bandwidth, higher service availability, and lower latency. As a result, service providers are increasingly adopting and adding new Carrier Ethernet service capabilities for business and residential services. With our end-to-end network portfolio, enabled by the DTN-X Family and the TM-Series of products, Infinera can now deliver any Carrier Ethernet service within any network from core to access on a global scale, managed seamlessly using Infinera DNA.
At Infinera, customers are our partners in growth. We are committed to delivering the most innovative solutions to them. Our solutions enable our customers to deliver rich, revenue-generating enterprise applications such as business Ethernet, video and content delivery, Cloud services and datacenter interconnect.
Infinera’s PXM packet switching module enables a highly efficient packet-optical transport network architecture. It enables network operators to take advantage of a vast portfolio of advanced services based on Carrier Ethernet and MPLS technologies, as well as statistical multiplexing with packet aggregation and transport port consolidation, which reduces capital expenses. The PXM offers integrated Ethernet and MPLS switching functionality over WDM super-channels to deliver dynamic, flexible packet transport services. It can process Ethernet and MPLS packets with quality of service (QoS) up to 100GbE speeds, map them into multiple flexibly-sized ODUflex circuits, and deliver them to their end destinations. This enables a flexible and bandwidth-efficient router interconnect, enabling service providers to reduce capital expenses and increase power and space efficiency by reducing the need for transit router ports and chassis.
Independent Industry Analyst, Lippis Enterprises
At The Lippis Report, we know how to test enterprise networking equipment. From individual switches to complete network fabrics, from hardware performance metrics to software-defined networking, we have seen and tested a lot.
So when Infinera and Arista approached us with the idea of validating end-to-end performance for a data center interconnect (DCI) solution – something we had never done before – it sounded like a great opportunity. And it was.
President & CEO, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation
A few weeks ago, I was helping my oldest daughter navigate the complexities of the college admissions process. Thankfully her grades and GPA are fantastic (thanks to genetics on my wife’s side of the family!). We were discussing the essay requirements, trying to sum up her life experiences to date, and describing what she hopes to accomplish in the future.
This process reminded me of how our company, Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation, grew from a simple idea in 2000, to a business plan in 2003, to a real company in 2004. We successfully built and lit our first open-access fiber route in 2006 using the Infinera DTN, and now, in 2015, have graduated to the terabit world with the successful implementation of the Infinera DTN-X with 100G and PXM capabilities!
Back in 2006, when we were evaluating various DWDM equipment providers to light our dark fiber path from Ashburn, VA to Atlanta, GA. we settled on the Infinera DTN solution due to Infinera’s unique PIC design, ease of operations, robust flexibility and scalability. We thought the unique line system would be a great asset as we added customer circuits to the network, as it did not require optical engineers to constantly tweak the DWDM paths. Little did we know then that the original line system installed in 2006 would also be able to support today’s DTN-X network, providing 500G super-channels and giving MBC an incredibly cost-effective and robust solution to adding capacity on the network.
Our carrier customers (now 40+ strong) have been able to provide competitive telecom services in rural southern Virginia through our wholesale open-access layer 1 transport business model, and we’ve followed through on our mission of enabling private sector telecom providers to access previously inaccessible rural markets. Even more satisfying are the jobs and capital investments we have enabled as a result of our open-access fiber and high capacity transport network in the region. Microsoft, Hewlett Packard and ICF International have all established new operations in southern Virginia as a direct result of this network.
Director of MSO Market Segment
Last week, SCTE Cable-Tec Expo was held in New Orleans, a city all cable techies seem to enjoy thanks to its great music and food. I was there for the full week, and it was a busy one, true to the conference tagline, “It’s All Engineering. All the Time.” On Tuesday, I moderated two technical sessions, one on LTE-U technologies, including LTE-U backhaul architectures and potential conflicts with WiFi services on shared unlicensed spectrum, and a second session on new 100G metro core transport architectures and L0/L1 shared mesh protection architectures. Both panels were well-attended, and the presented papers were excellent. On Thursday, I presented a paper entitled “Network-as-a-Service: SDN Enabled L1 Virtual Networks,” which was presented as part of the “Exploring Network as a Service (NaaS)” panel.
This was a big year for Infinera at SCTE Expo, which followed shortly after two major milestones for Infinera. First, we closed on our acquisition of Transmode, a leader in metro packet-optical transport, and second, we announced the release of two new Infinera metro core and LH product offerings, the XTC-2 modular transport platform with OTN switching, and the XT-500 Ethernet platform that delivers 500G of transport in two rack units but with only 500 watts of typical power consumption. Infinera now has an end-to-end unified packet optical portfolio that extends from the metro edge to the long-haul core. It’s an exciting time to be an Infineran!
This Expo was a first for Infinera in other ways as well. Given the late August closing of the Transmode acquisition, we ended up with two booths. As usual, we rolled the Infinera Express truck lab onto the Expo show floor, but this year it was packed full with live network demos of the full Infinera product line (including XTC-2 and XT-500) and our new Transmode line, too. In addition, in one of the booths we had a live demo including the TM-Series metro family with PT-Fabric and the iWDM-PON access platform. Traffic in both booths was outstanding, and many cable operators visited both booths to get a full perspective on the depth of the newly combined product lines.