InfoRelay chooses Ekinops to connect Washington, DC data centers

Data center provider InfoRelay has deployed the Ekinops 360 optical transport platform to interconnect multiple data centers and co-location facilities in the Washington, DC area, according to the optical systems vendor. The initial deployment will provide transport for Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and 10G LAN services over a high-capacity fiber-optic infrastructure.

Jun 29th, 2012

Data center provider InfoRelay has deployed the Ekinops 360 optical transport platform to interconnect multiple data centers and co-location facilities in the Washington, DC area, according to the optical systems vendor. The initial deployment will provide transport for Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and 10G LAN services over a high-capacity fiber-optic infrastructure.

InfoRelay, founded in 1995, provides on-demand data center and cloud hosting services, guaranteeing 99.999% uptime with extremely low latency to almost anywhere in the world. Its overall network capacity exceeds 200 Gbps of Internet connectivity.

InfoRelay was looking for an optical system to link its four data center operations in northern Virginia, which are home to a variety of network providers, federal clients, and large enterprise customers. The company evaluated the Ekinops platform along with several other manufacturers’ products and chose Ekinops following nearly a two-month trial.

“We needed a scalable, reliable, and cost-effective solution that supported all the necessary protocols, such as Gigabit Ethernet, Fibre Channel, video, and SONET,” explained Russell Weiss, president of InfoRelay. “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.”

The regional network includes InfoRelay’s latest data center, Dulles Exchange, in Herndon, VA, which was inaugurated Thursday with a grand opening celebration. Like its other facilities, InfoRelay’s new Dulles Exchange data center is highly secure, diversely connected to multiple fiber networks, and has a highly redundant infrastructure.

The Ekinops 360 is the vendor’s flagship optical transport platform, providing DWDM and CWDM on a single platform for metro, regional, and long-haul applications.

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