Equinix taps Infinera for metro networks in North America and Asia

JANUARY 29, 2008 -- Equinix says its IBX centers are critical hubs in the infrastructure of the Internet, and the selection of Infinera illustrates the importance of Infinera's large-scale photonic integration and Bandwidth Virtualization technology in supporting the growth of bandwidth-intensive Internet applications and websites.

JANUARY 29, 2008 -- Equinix Inc. has selected Infinera (search for Infinera) for metro networks linking its Internet Business Exchange (IBX) centers in major cities in North America and Asia.

Equinix is global provider of network-neutral data center and interconnection services, offering premium colocation, traffic exchange, and outsourced IT infrastructure options. Global enterprises, content companies, systems integrators, and network service providers look to Equinix IBX centers for reliability and network diversity, say company representatives. With 37 IBX centers located in 17 strategic markets across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific, Equinix says it enables customers to reliably operate their mission-critical infrastructure on a global basis.

Equinix says its IBX centers are critical hubs in the infrastructure of the Internet, and the selection of Infinera illustrates the importance of Infinera's large-scale photonic integration and Bandwidth Virtualization technology in supporting the growth of bandwidth-intensive Internet applications and websites.

Equinix representatives say they selected Infinera because of the benefits and global track record of the Infinera architecture.  Scalability, speed, and flexibility of provisioning and service density were important attributes for Equinix to meet the needs of today's marketplace. The company says Infinera's Bandwidth Virtualization, in particular, enables it to deploy large bandwidth quickly and reconfigure it easily, rapidly, and cost-effectively.

Equinix reports that Infinera's DTN System also met its high standards for carrier-class reliability. In addition, Infinera's deployment experience and customer acceptance in North America, Europe, and Asia were crucial factors to Equinix as it was seeking an optical system that had proven it could meet international standards and requirements and function effectively in multiple markets worldwide. Finally, Equinix says it was impressed by Infinera's commitment to develop a 100-Gigabit Ethernet offering, a technology Equinix regards as critical for meeting the needs of its bandwidth-intensive customers in the future.

"Some of the world's largest Internet content providers rely on Equinix's network-rich interconnection hubs to facilitate their high-performance content delivery operations," notes Lane Patterson, Equinix's chief technologist. "To many of these companies, 10 Gigabits has become the new 1 Gigabit, and their need for rapid provisioning of multiple 10-Gigabit wavelengths continues to grow. Infinera enables us to respond quickly to this demand and to provide a highly scalable solution for customers," he says.

"We are very pleased to have Equinix as a customer," adds Infinera CEO Jagdeep Singh. "Equinix's interconnection hubs comprise the core of the Internet, and Equinix's deployment of Infinera is another demonstration of the critical role that Infinera and its unique Bandwidth Virtualization capabilities are playing in supporting today's Internet."

The Infinera DTN is a Digital ROADM for long-haul and metro core networks, combining high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform, says the company.


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