In a strategic departure from physically aggregated platforms, 1FINITY product incorporates Fujitsu’s first-ever disaggregated architecture and design. The 1FINITY initial platform release comprises four product families providing transport, lambda, switch, and access functionality. Each product will be an independent system on a blade that is capable of being a full network element.
The modular blades can stand alone to deliver specific functionality or be combined with others for a broader network solution. The software framework logically reaggregates modular functions and provides a consolidated northbound interface, supporting communication with a user’s operations support system (OSS) and business support system (BSS).
The dense form factor of the 1FINITY blades enables fast time-to-market, low initial investment, and efficient scaling, resulting in a pay-as-you grow approach for the specific functionality users require, said Fujitsu.
The blade-centric architecture allows full utilization of rack space with blades as compact as one rack unit (1RU), and it eliminates rack partitioning due to chassis boundaries.
Separating the blades from a shelf provides evergreen technology, allowing independent blade improvement and replacement as functionality advances. Support of open pluggable optics simplifies procurement for users, and support of open APIs and open standard protocols permits easy integration with a user’s chosen OSS.
“By evolving its portfolio to an open ecosystem of components that will deliver customized offerings, Fujitsu is fostering a collaborative development approach to lead the industry down a path to open, agile solutions,” said Ron Kline, principal analyst of Ovum.
The new 1FINITY T100 blade is designed for metro data center interconnect (mDCI) applications, creating a simple point-to-point transport solution. The open, modular blade delivers capacity of 1.6 Tbps bidirectional transport as well as power and space efficiencies.
Other key features include SDN-enabled Linux software, support for the latest optical technologies, and compliance with DWDM transmission standards. Customer trials of the 1FINITY T100 blade are in progress, and general availability is scheduled for December 2015.
“DCI is the fastest-growing application for optical networking equipment,” said Rod Naphan, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Fujitsu Network Communications.
Fujitsu will expand the 1FINITY portfolio beyond the mDCI solution with blades for wavelength services, extended-reach transport, high-density packet switching, innovative access, and multilayer interoperation with the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform.