Infinera has unveiled the XTM II, a next-generation packet-optical platform for metro networks, with increased density, low latency and reduced power consumption.
Service providers are moving towards mesh-based transport networks, and the latest technological advance is the standards-based Shared Mesh Protection, which leverages an intelligent GMPLS control plane so a meshed transport network can recover from multiple local and network-wide failures while lowering costs by avoiding the need to dedicate backup bandwidth for every active circuit. This article will examine hardware-accelerated Shared Mesh Protection as a means of increasing the network resiliency without incurring additional fiber-related expenses.
Optical systems vendor Infinera has expanded its Cloud Xpress family of metro cloud platforms, designed to address the needs of cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers, large enterprises and other large-scale data centre operators. This release adds a new Cloud Xpress platform with 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) client services in the same compact form factor along with enhanced functionality.
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Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move
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With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand