High-performance data center services provider Internap Corp. (NASDAQ: INAP) said it has selected Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) to provide various platforms for improving its U.S. and international networks. The initiative will enhance INAP's network services offering to address customers increasing need for fast connectivity, as well as deliver scalable bandwidth.
INAP's new Global Network Servicesteam re-engineered their current U.S. infrastructure during the first phase of the multi-phase network enhancement, incorporating an express "core" ring to advance capacity and expand connectivity. According to INAP, Ciena will supply its WaveLogic coherent technology to provide high-capacity services throughout INAP's network, as well as interconnectivity across and between their major metro markets, and its Waveserver for further capacity, programmability, power, and scalability.
Last year, Ciena enhanced its packet networking portfolio with new hardware and software capabilities by introducing three new edge products, including the 5170 Service Aggregation Switch (see "Ciena enhances packet networking portfolio"). Ciena will provide its 5170 to enable INAP's rapid deployment of new packet-based services, and its Blue Planet Manage Control Plan (MCP) will control INAP's U.S. backbone, delivering software-defined programmability and equipping INAP to offer high-capacity Ethernet services.
Ciena's platform will enable INAP to deliver these high-capacity services between U.S. locations for the first time, the company attests.
"As a leader in building and managing IT infrastructures for businesses around the world, INAP needs an adaptable network that can keep up with the rapid pace of technological advancement and growing connectivity demands," said Rebecca Prudhomme, Ciena's vice president of portfolio marketing. "Leveraging Ciena's packet optical innovations, INAP will have access to highly scalable, programmable infrastructure that will reduce their operational costs and enable deployment of Metro Ethernet services."
INAP provides high-performance data center services such as colocation, cloud, and network services. The company provides its customers with reliable, scalable IT infrastructure to meet their differing business needs.
With more than 1 million gross square feet under lease, and over 500,000 square feet of data center space, INAP operates in 21 metropolitan markets and has 98 points of presence (POPs) worldwide. The company operates57 data centers, the majority of which are Tier 3 data centers.
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