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Transforming the optical layer into an Intelligent Transport Network™.



Infinera has just one mission: to build the world's most innovative network solutions to help our customers win.

Infinera Technology Overview
Since the advent of DWDM in the mid-1990s, most equipment vendors have envisioned an all-optical, highly analog future. According to this vision, amplifiers, filters, and mirrors replace all electronics in networks, and seamlessly transport digital services as waves of light. It's an attractive idea, since the translation between optical and electrical domains--the so-called "O-E-O" conversion--historically accounts for significant network costs. So why not just get rid of it?

It turns out there's a catch. Analog, all-optical networks are at odds with the digital information streams they carry. They are complex to design, and react very slowly to unforeseen changes in service demands – something that is increasingly common in today's cloud architectures.

Infinera's Digital Experience
From the outset, Infinera's vision was to enable DWDM transport networks to be more responsive to the digital services they carry. To do this we had to solve the challenge of reducing the cost of those OEO conversions, and we did this by integrating the optical functions of our switches into a single pair of Photonic Integrated Circuits (PICs). Our unique PIC technology allows us to combine DWDM capacity with the efficiency and ease of use that digital OTN switching can bring. We call the combination of service-ready PIC capacity and distributed OTN switching "Bandwidth Virtualization."

Our first iteration of this vision – the Digital Optical Network – helped to revolutionize the DWDM industry in the "10 Gigabit Era." More recently, the introduction of the DTN-X platform has taken the 100 Gb/s long haul market by storm, and now we've brought our vision of the Intelligent Transport Network to the rapidly growing metro cloud market in the form of Infinera's Cloud Xpress platform.

Click on the links below for more detail on the Intelligent Transport Network, and its technology building blocks.

The Intelligent Transport NetworkThe New Simplified Model of Layer C and Layer T

IT and network architectures are being drastically transformed. Scale and virtualization are fundamental trends driving this transformation. These trends are disrupting the old model of hierarchical, functionally heavy, ring fenced network comprising several layers of devices and giving rise to a simplified model of Cloud Services, and Intelligent Transport.

Cloud services are growing at a phenomenal rate. IT functions of compute, storage and network in a single super point of presence (POP) are being distributed to multiple Cloud datacenters . As a result, operators need to scale, simplify and increase flexibility in their networks. They are constantly seeking efficient ways to reduce their IT complexity. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is enabling operators to migrate Layer 3-7 services like Security, Voice, CPE, and BRAS from standalone devices to software services on x86 hardware within Cloud datacenters, giving rise to the Cloud Services layer, Layer C.

Meanwhile, transport functions at the lower layers (layer 0 through 3) are converging as operators encourage vendors to design the most cost effective network elements, giving rise to an intelligent transport layer, Layer T. It combines packet services of Ethernet and MPLS technologies, digital functionality of OTN switching and optical transmission and switching with WDM and ROADM functionality. Software Defined Networking (SDN) abstracts the services and functions of Layer T and presents standardized application programming interfaces (APIs) such that control can be offloaded to Layer C.

All this is conceptualized as Infinera’s Intelligent Transport Network architecture, which is a judicious mix of packet, digital, and optical functions on a single, scalable, flexible, and programmable platform exposed to virtualized control and network applications via APIs using SDN.

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2992OFC 2017 Tech Briefing [youtube video]FUBHO-16 minutes ago
2991[graphic]FUBHO-19 minutes ago
2990Thanks for the link. I am watching right now. [graphic]FUBHO-55 minutes ago
2989This is the latest presentation on the 22nd at OFC. David Welch's discussioTartuffe1an hour ago
2988It is growing distressing to see some of the product announcements coming out ofFUBHO-yesterday
2987it seems strange to me that Ciena's competitors (ZTE, ADVA and Coriant etc)inefficient-Tuesday
2986RE:Why does licensing technology to optical module manufacturers help Ciena closFUBHO-Tuesday
2985Why does licensing DSP technology to optical module manufacturers help Ciena cloinefficient-Tuesday
2984Tartuffe-Tuesday
2983CIEN is the incumbent, and INFN is the challenger- This article says CIEN's Tartuffe-Tuesday
2982Infinera is behind in DSP technology. Going to a two year cycle on DSPs just brFUBHO1Monday
2981IMO, they are doing this to try and shorten the development time (and increase tinefficient-Monday
2980We need to understand this move. It does seem that CIEN might have seen the writTartuffe-Monday
2979this has got to be a direct response to INFN cranking up the technology refresh inefficient-Monday
2978 Ciena to license WaveLogic AI coherent DSP to optical module vendors Oclaro tFUBHO-Monday
2977LOS ANGELES -- OFC 2017 -- Ciena broke with tradition Monday by making one of itFUBHO-Monday
2976 DB boosts PT to 13 Deutsche Bank raised its price target on Infinera Corp. (JCnieuwenj1Monday
2975Infinera Introduces Instant Network and Leads the Way to Cognitive Networking GlFUBHO-Monday
2974Infinera Introduces Instant Network and Leads the Way to Cognitive Networking fiJakeStraw-Monday
2973Five vendors capture 80% of coherent WDM market in 2016 by Sean Buckley Mar 16FUBHO-Sunday
2972 "He says PAM4 is a short-termed tactical opportunity that will be marginaTartuffe-last Saturday
2971Zayo's weekly unnamed customer contract announcement comes from the infrastFUBHO-last Saturday
2970ADVA Optical Networking supports PAM4 data center interconnect March 17, 2017 AFUBHO-last Saturday
2969Short Interest Unwinding Could Be Big Boost For Infinera Shares Shares of opticKevinH681last Friday
2968Thanks to you & Tartuffe for the replies !JCnieuwenj-last Friday
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