Network communications provider Windstream has deployed Infinera Cloud Xpress for data center interconnect in Chicago.
Windstream believes data center interconnect is a significant revenue opportunity.
The Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to serve its data center interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.
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 Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to leverage Infinera’s photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second of input and output capacity in two rack units.
Cloud Xpress delivers 500 gigabit per second super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing line-side bandwidth over 150 kilometers without additional multiplexers or amplifiers, and up to 600 km with an amplified line system.
Cloud Xpress is also scalable and open interfaces to plug into existing cloud provisioning systems using open software defined networking application programming interfaces.
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.