When Delivery of Advanced Network Technology (DANTE) selected the new Infinera (News - Alert) DTN-X platform for the pan-European GÉANT network it built, 40 million researchers and millions of students in over 8,000 institutions across 40 countries entered the Terabit age.
The Infinera DTN-X platform is expected to help research and education networks such as GÉANT by delivering the scalability and efficiency that researchers require when they conduct experiments that need large amounts of bandwidth very quickly.
“Research and education networks such as GÉANT help accelerate the pace of important research and are leading indicators of how next-generation networks will be built,” said Tom Fallon, CEO at Infinera.
By using what is being touted as the industry’s first commercially available 500 Gb/s long-haul optical super-channels across routes on GÉANT’s network, massive amounts of data crucial to academic research will be transported across 12,000 kilometers of fiber.
Some of the world’s largest scientific institutions including CERN rely on GÉANT’s network and a key factor in selecting DTN-X was bandwidth virtualization, which allowed large amounts of optical bandwidth to be deployed quickly.
Other factors in favor of the Infinera DTN-X platform is its ability to scale capacity while lowering operational costs, capacity to upgrade to long-reach super-channels and MPLS switching in the future, offering investment protection, low power consumption and greater efficiency in comparison to its competitors.
“Our selection of Infinera’s DTN-X platform demonstrates to the European national research and education community that we’ve chosen an innovative technology leader, offering the best solution on the market today,” said Michael Enrico, chief technology officer at DANTE.
Infinera claims its Digital Optical Networking systems have been designed to continually improve the economics of optical networking by combining the speed of optics with the simplicity of digital.
TMCnet reports Telstra (News - Alert) International has become Infinera's 100th customer and has deployed Infinera's 40 gigabits per second DTN solution for its optical subsea network in Asia. The deployment spans approximately 9,000 kilometers between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and South Korea.