Infinera has announced that Equinix selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress for data center interconnection in Tokyo, further broadening its global network with Infinera solutions. Tokyo is the second metro market after Hong Kong where Equinix is deploying the Infinera Cloud Xpress. The Infinera Cloud Xpress family offers hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption to meet Equinix's growing bandwidth demands.

Equinix is a global interconnection and data center company, operating International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) data centers in 33 markets across 15 countries in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. The Equinix IBX data centers provide major networks and businesses a place to interconnect, building business ecosystems that have become vital for service providers, enterprise companies, and emerging businesses alike. IBX customers in 21 markets, including Tokyo and Hong Kong, can also use the Equinix Cloud Exchange service, which brings together cloud service providers and users, enabling them to establish affordable, private, high-performance connections to support hybrid cloud strategies.

Equinix selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to serve the growing need for high bandwidth customer interconnections between its four IBX data centers in Tokyo, which serve more than 260 companies. With the bandwidth provided by the Cloud Xpress, Equinix can continue to scale the number of customers it serves in all four IBX facilities and interconnect them as simply as if they were located in a single IBX facility.

Ideal for high performance data center interconnection, the Cloud Xpress leverages Infinera's unique photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output bandwidth in just two rack units with very low power. Designed for a data center operational model, with a rack-and-stack form factor, the Cloud Xpress delivers a full 500 gigabit per second (Gb/s) super-channel of wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) line-side bandwidth over 150 kilometers without any need for additional multiplexers or amplifiers, which is unique among data center interconnect products. The Cloud Xpress also enables efficient scaling with extremely simple provisioning and management, and open interfaces to plug into data center automation or SDN orchestration systems.

"Equinix is rapidly expanding across the globe," said Teri Francis, vice president of technology at Equinix. "Cloud Xpress is an ideal solution for us to scale bandwidth in our Hong Kong and Tokyo networks and enhance our ability to connect our customers. Cloud Xpress is extremely simple to deploy and manage and fits our high-density, low power requirements. We are now looking forward to deploying the Cloud Xpress family in other markets globally to take advantage of these same scaling benefits."

"The continued deployment of the Cloud Xpress by a leading data center operator like Equinix underscores the value Cloud Xpress brings to high-bandwidth data center interconnect," said Stu Elby, senior vice president of cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. "The Cloud Xpress, a purpose-built rack-and-stack data center platform, is ideal for operators in Asia where space limitation is a factor. The Cloud Xpress addresses the critical needs of data center operators and continues to gain traction in networks across the globe."

Infinera introduced the Cloud Xpress family in 2014 delivering a cloud-optimized WDM solution to cloud service providers, Internet content providers, Internet Exchange service providers and other large-scale data center operators. Infinera recently expanded the Cloud Xpress family by shipping Cloud Xpress with 100 GbE, offering customers the choice of 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE interfaces to meet their specific requirements.


This article was originally posted “Equinix Scales Global Network With Infinera Cloud Xpress” from Cloud Strategy Magazine.