Using the Ekinops (News - Alert) 360 optical transport platform, InfoRelay plans to interconnect its Washington D.C. area data centers and colocation facilities including the company’s recently opened Dulles Exchange data center, in Herndon, Virginia.
The Ekinops 360 dynamic, multi-reach transport system is stated to be a next generation optical transport platform that provides DWDM and CWDM in a single product and addresses metro, regional, and long haul applications. Powered by the T-Chip (Transport on a chip) technology, it is designed to handle data rates from 100Mbps to 100G today and can scale to 400G and beyond. It also offers a wide range of scalable options ranging from “pay-as-you-grow” amplifiers to a truly scalable ROADM (News - Alert) and 100G solution.
InfoRelay’s initial Ekinops 360 deployment will provide transport for gigabit Ethernet, fiber channel, and 10G LAN services over a high-capacity fiber-optic infrastructure and should connect its four data center operations in northern Virginia.
“We needed a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective solution that supported all the necessary protocols, such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fiber Channel, video, and SONET. We were also looking for a platform that would allow us to provide lit services to those strategic customers of ours looking for bandwidth between facilities. We found that Ekinops provided us with that flexibility at the right price points and our trial confirmed that the Ekinops solution was the right choice”, commented Russell Weiss, president of InfoRelay, in a press release.
Ekinops explained that the advent of cloud computing has resulted in an increase in data center capacity requirements and it is in need of a platform that is operationally simple and extremely reliable and its 360 platform will suit these needs.
Some of the notable features and benefits of Ekinops 360 platform are: highly scalable as the company grows, with low upfront costs; only firmware upgradeable 100G solution; single system is enough to scale metro, regional and long haul distances over 2000km with full channel counts; Ekinops DynaFEC technology, brings reach through software rather than more expensive hardware solutions; DWDM and CWDM on a single platform; low latency and low power utilization; and more.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman