Windstream Turns to Infinera Cloud Xpress for Faster Data Center Interconnect

By Rory Lidstone April 12, 2016

Windstream, being a provider of advanced network communications and large bandwidth transport solutions, has a vested interest in ensuring the best possible connection for its customers. That’s exactly why the company recently turned to Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, to deploy Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned, high speed connections between data centers in Chicago.

Data center interconnect represents a significant opportunity for Windstream and Cloud Xpress enables the company to efficiently serve its data center interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.

This news comes shortly after Windstream’s decision to redesign its channel service model with an emphasis on improved partner support. Around that time, Infinera introduced the Infinite Capacity Engine, a multi-terabit optical subsystem that enables a step function in optical wave division multiplexing (WDM) performance.

"To meet the tremendous growth in bandwidth and data demands, Windstream is continuing its commitment to investing in network and technology enhancements—such as the deployment of Cloud Xpress in the Chicago market—bringing tremendous benefits to our customers," said Chris Nein, Windstream regional president. "Cloud Xpress allows us to meet the unique needs of our customers by quickly and incrementally scaling and expanding bandwidth capacity on demand, ultimately building a foundational, world-class technology ecosystem required for continued business growth and success."

This initial Cloud Xpress deployment in Chicago allows Windstream to connect two data center locations within the Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak. The deployment also serves to illustrate the value of a highly integrated, compact data center interconnect solution that is easy to deploy and manage, even in short reach applications.

The Cloud Xpress solution enables Windstream to leverage Infinera’s photonic integrated circuit technology, supporting up to one terabit per second of input and output capacity in two rack units. Even with its small form factor and low power consumption, Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500 gigabit per second super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) line-side bandwidth over 150 km without the need for additional multiplexers or amplifiers, or up to 600 km with an amplified line system.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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