Poland's Atman trials ECI's data center interconnect platform

Optical transport systems vendor ECI says it has successfully completed a trial of its Apollo 9603 with a 400-Gbps flex-grid blade and Layer 1 encryption in a data center interconnect scenario. Atman, a Polish fiber-optic network operator with what ECI asserts it's the largest data center infrastructure in the country, provided the network resources.

Optical transport systems vendor ECI says it has successfully completed a trial of its Apollo 9603 with a 400-Gbps flex-grid blade and Layer 1 encryption in a data center interconnect scenario. Atman, a Polish fiber-optic network operator with what ECI asserts it's the largest data center infrastructure in the country, provided the network resources.

The trial saw ECI and Atman demonstrate the capabilities of the Apollo 9603 on Atman's live DWDM network between two of its data centers. ECI asserts the platform and associated technology passed all aspects of the trial without need to modify Atman's network. Elements tested included management and alarm generation, among other networking parameters. The parties also demonstrated service encryption at the physical layer (Layer1) without modification and with minimal latency, ECI reports.

Atman is the brand under which ATM S.A. provides colocation, hosting, and cloud computing services in its data centers with 13,600 sq m (146,400 sq ft) of total space.

"There has been an increase in the penetration of IoT and Big Data technologies. As a result the requirements for our data centers have grown and are expected to continue to do so. This is what motivated us to conduct the trial with ECI," said Ewelina Hryszkiewicz, product manager at ATM S.A. "We found that ECI's Apollo solution was very successful in managing the increase in data traffic when tested on the Atman network between its data centers.

"Based on the trial results, we are confident that we will be able to easily, flexibly, and cost-effectively upgrade our networking capabilities to meet the future demand increases expected because of the above mentioned trends. We will be ready for whatever the challenge," Hryszkiewicz concluded.

The 400G flex-grid, flexible-rate blade is designed to transport data with higher spectral efficiency, what ECI asserts it industry-leading port density, and a power consumption of less than 0.75 W/Gbps.

This is the second announced field trial of the Apollo 400G flex-grid blade, following a similar demonstration with Czech CESNET (see "Czech R&E net CESNET trials ECI 400G flex-grid blade").

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