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Afone turns to Ekinops for data center interconnection
Afone, a French telecom services provider, says it has deployed equipment from Ekinops to interconnect its data centers and enhance delivery of multiprotocol data services.Afone focuses on telecom, payment, and security services for enterprises and retail businesses, and also functions as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) for enterprises and residential customers. It turned to Ekinops for a platform that would provide flexible, cost-effective, and reliable data center interconnection transporting SDH, Gigabit Ethernet, and Fibre Channel protocols.Ekinops says its 360 transport platform, with its T-Chip (Transport on a Chip) technology, enables Afone to transport multiple protocols very efficiently, maximizing the use of fiber infrastructure, the vendor says. The T-Chip concentrates the equipment’s transport intelligence into a compact, efficient design that Ekinops can custom-program to meet customer needs. This approach serves to reduce costs, footprint, ongoing power consumption, and delivery times to customers, the systems house says.“Ekinops is the company best suited to meet our needs,” said Guillaume Rousseau, head of engineering at Afone. “The Ekinops 360 gives us the flexibility we need to aggregate different protocols; it is economical and has the highest reliability. Support is also very important to us and Ekinops promised and delivers superior support.”
Tata Communications launches global low-latency network
Tata Communications has launched a low-latency network connecting major financial capitals in Asia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The carrier says the network is the first low-latency service that offers a pure, multipoint Ethernet platform to the financial services sector and other global industries, and will accelerate global high-frequency trading and other low-latency applications.Designed for companies that require a secure, reliable, and fast low-latency option, the network will enable financial firms to execute a high-frequency trade between locations, such as London and Hong Kong or New York and Singapore, in milliseconds through a single network and single supplier model, Tata asserts.John Hoffman, head of Ethernet product management, Tata Communications said, “Global financial trading firms initially drove the need for this solution as every millisecond of latency is critical for trading. However, due to rising complexity and importance of specific mission-critical applications, we are also seeing an uptake in demand for similar levels of latency from a growing range of sectors and businesses.”Tata says the new network enables customers with low-latency needs to work with a single global supplier instead of multiple country-specific point-to-point network providers. Customers can build multipoint low-latency networks that communicate from city-to-city rather than exchange-to-exchange to serve applications for which latency is crucial, regardless of the software or trading platform used.Tata also says its low-latency service has been designed to offer up to 35 percent savings on circuit and operations costs. Whereas low-latency networks have traditionally been offered over MPLS or Layer 1 technologies, Tata Communications says its low-latency network is the only multipoint Ethernet service offering on a single network backed by 802.1ah, Provider Backbone Bridging (PBB) technology. It also offers added security and high scalability.
Sprint upgrades network, sets 400G trial with Ciena
Sprint is upgrading its optical backbone network with 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms from Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN). The enhancements will enable Sprint to scale its high-speed transport network and improve cost and performance. Ciena says the 6500 platforms will support core network speeds of 40G and 100G today, growing eventually to 400G and beyond. To illustrate this point, Ciena says it will conduct a 400G field trial with Sprint early next year.Ciena has supplied equipment to Sprint since 1998. The current upgrade builds on Sprint’s existing deployments of Ciena’s CoreStream Agility Optical Transport Systems.“As a long-time partner to Sprint, Ciena has proven itself to be a strategic, innovative provider of technology that allows us to enhance the capacity and flexibility of our network. With its industry-leading coherent optical technology, we are able to expand our network to address growing demand for high-speed data services today, with a built-in path to deliver higher-speed data services in the future,” said Iyad Tarazi, vice president of network development and engineering at Sprint.As with other recent 6500 deployments, Sprint will leverage the capabilities of Ciena’s WaveLogic processor. The systems vendor recently announced that its upcoming WaveLogic 3 version will support 400-Gbps data rates (see “Ciena's third generation of Wavelogic processors supports 400G”), which will be the focus on the upcoming trial. The exercise will enable Sprint to check the feasibility of using 400-Gbps channels on systems already carrying live customer traffic, and to demonstrate that the network will be able to support future traffic needs on the existing fiber plant.“Today’s service provider needs an unconstrained network to support the exponential data growth, while leveraging existing hardware and fiber investments,” Philippe Morin, senior VP of global field operations, Ciena. “Ciena’s coherent optical technology provides Sprint with the resources to bridge this gap, while enabling a seamless path to deliver next-generation data services.”Sprint is also using Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System for centralized network management, and Ciena Specialist Services to help minimize implementation costs and ensure that the network is turned up efficiently.
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