Afone turns to Ekinops for data center interconnection

Afone, a French telecom services provider, says it has deployed equipment from Ekinops to interconnect its data centers and enhance delivery of multiprotocol data services.

Jun 14th, 2012

Afone, a French telecom services provider, says it has deployed equipment from Ekinops to interconnect its data centers and enhance delivery of multiprotocol data services.

Afone focuses on telecom, payment, and security services for enterprises and retail businesses, and also functions as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for enterprises and residential customers. It turned to Ekinops for a platform that would provide flexible, cost-effective, and reliable data center interconnection transporting SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and Fibre Channel protocols.

Ekinops says its 360 transport platform, with its T-Chip (Transport on a Chip) technology, enables Afone to transport multiple protocols very efficiently, maximizing the use of fiber infrastructure, the vendor says. The T-Chip concentrates the equipment’s transport intelligence into a compact, efficient design that Ekinops can custom-program to meet customer needs. This approach serves to reduce costs, footprint, ongoing power consumption, and delivery times to customers, the systems house says.

“Ekinops is the company best suited to meet our needs,” said Guillaume Rousseau, head of engineering at Afone. “The Ekinops 360 gives us the flexibility we need to aggregate different protocols; it is economical and has the highest reliability. Support is also very important to us and Ekinops promised and delivers superior support.”

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