Equinix taps Infinera to interconnect Hong Kong data centers

Equinix has selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect its Hong Kong data centers.

The Infinera Cloud Xpress offers Equinix a platform with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.
Equinix, which operates International Business Exchange (IBX) datacenters in 33 markets across 15 countries in the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to serve the need for high capacity customer interconnectivity between Equinix facilities in the same metro area.

The Cloud Xpress leverages Infinera’s photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in just two rack units. The Cloud Xpress also simplifies operations using only a single fiber to deliver a full super-channel of DWDM line-side capacity.
The ultra-low power and rack-and-stack form factor of Cloud Xpress enables Equinix to scale while using the least amount of space and power compared to other similar platforms. In addition, the Cloud Xpress is designed with the flexibility to fit into any datacenter operational model and offers multiple management options including plugging into existing SDN Cloud provisioning systems.

Raphael Ho, senior director, network engineering and operations at Equinix, said: “Our three Hong Kong-based IBX datacenters already support over 340 customers and we recently announced expansions at two of these sites. Cloud Xpress is an ideal solution for us to expand network capacity between our sites, with its high density, low power consumption and a very simple rack-and-stack operations model.”

Infinera introduced the Cloud Xpress in 2014 delivering a Cloud-optimized DWDM solution to Cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers and other large-scale datacenter operators.

Infinera recently expanded the Cloud Xpress family by announcing the Cloud Xpress with 100 gigabit Ethernet (Gb/E) offering customers the choice of 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE interfaces to meet their specific requirements.

Stu Elby, senior vice president of Cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera, said: “Cloud Xpress is a purpose-built rack and stack DWDM datacenter platform that addresses these needs and continues to gain traction in networks across the globe.”

Baburajan K
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