Whether it’s used for search, social networking or enterprise business applications, the cloud, a distributed computing model built upon multi-server and multi-data center infrastructure, is becoming ubiquitous. In fact, enterprises find immediate value in the cloud as it is three times less expensive to rent a cloud service rather than to own a server. Demand for these applications has led to exponential growth of the cloud, which in turn is dramatically transforming IT and network architectures. The rise of compute-and-storage virtualization has been the technology driver to make the cloud viable, but the network is the critical glue that ultimately makes a cloud a cloud.
Cloud growth creates tremendous demand for bandwidth to interconnect the data centers. Interconnecting these sites requires a transport network, which is a fundamental element of any cloud network. Providers need the ability to rapidly scale their infrastructure to meet the bandwidth demands today and accommodate future growth.
The Infinera Cloud Xpress is a purpose-built, optimized platform family for point-to-point hyper-scale bandwidth interconnect application across regional, metro and campus environments. It is the first optical platform to deliver 1Tb/s of input and output capacity in just two rack units in a data center rack-and-stack form. The industry’s highest density solution in one-third the space of its competitors, it uses 50% less power than the current market leader, and can be provisioned in a simple three step process in just a few minutes.