Infinera and Windstream Communications have announced the deployment of Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned high speed connections between data centers in Chicago.
Data center interconnect represents a significant revenue opportunity for Windstream thus they are taking it seriously. The Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to efficiently serve its data center interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.
In a press statement, Art Nichols who is the Vice President of Engineering Architecture & Planning at Windstream explained why they chose Infinera Cloud Express. “We selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide data center interconnect services to our customers because it is an extremely simple and highly scalable plug-and-play solution,” Nichols said.
“Windstream is working actively with Infinera and several other key technology partners to employ SDN for creation and management of optical services across its metro and long-haul transport network in 2016.” With its initial Cloud Xpress deployment in Chicago, Windstream is connecting two data center locations within the Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak.
The deployment illustrates the value of a highly integrated, compact data center interconnect solution that is extremely simple to deploy and manage, even in relatively short reach applications. Joe Scattareggia, the Senior Vice President of Sales for Windstream Carrier Solutions said the deployment helps the company to easily meet needs of their customers in the rapidly growing modern world. “With our initial deployment of Cloud Xpress, we are able to meet the growing bandwidth needs of our customers needing connectivity to high demand Internet Exchange facilities like 350 Cermak,” he noted.
Infinera introduced the Cloud Xpress family in 2014 delivering a cloud-optimized WDM solution to cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers and other large-scale data center operators. The Cloud Xpress family offers customers the choice of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 40 GbE and 100 GbE client interfaces to meet their specific requirements.