skip to main content
Close Icon We use cookies to improve your website experience.  To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy.  By continuing to use the website, you consent to our use of cookies.
Global Search Configuration

Ovum view

Summary

On September 21, 2016, Infinera announced the Cloud Xpress 2 (CX2), a purpose-built metro data center interconnect (DCI) solution that utilizes Infinera's fourth-generation Photonic Integrated Circuit (PIC). The metro DCI market is highly competitive and Infinera has re-upped with a compelling solution designed from the outset for the web-scale metro DCI market.

Infinera steps up with a purpose-built metro DCI solution

Internet content providers (ICPs) have built up a portfolio of web-scale data center properties to house their social media, search, and cloud service businesses. Due to real estate practicalities and organic growth over time, their data center properties are distributed over their major metros of operation. The ICPs need their data centers interconnected, at multiterabit scale.

In addition, the ICPs have pointedly noted that they are not telcos and are not interested in networking equipment designed for telcos and their operational practices. They require DCI equipment designed for their specific needs: compact and stackable form factors, spectral efficiency, competitive price-per-bit performance, low power consumption per bit, streaming telemetry data, simplified provisioning, encryption, unamplified reach, and simplified equipment configurations.

The CX2 addresses ICPs' metro DCI requirements spot on. It delivers 1.2Tbps in a 1RU form factor, and its 1.2Tbps super-channel consumes less spectrum than earlier solutions, and so provides a spectral efficiency gain, enabling 27.6Tbps per fiber pair. The CX2 is also power efficient at 0.57 watts/Gbps, and features a Telemetry Collection Agent to support ICPs' big data analysis of network performance. For provisioning, the CX2 utilizes the intelligence of coherent processing for automatic dispersion management, eliminating a manual configuration step. The CX2 has both Layer-1 and -2 encryption. With 130km unamplified reach, the CX2 will cover much of the metro DCI market without requiring amplification. The 200G channels are multiplexed within the PIC, minimizing the need for external equipment.

Market timing is everything, and Infinera has timed the arrival of the CX2 well. ICPs are entering a new "inside the data center" epoch that focuses on major upgrades to server port speeds and server densities per rack. As a higher-power, metro DCI solution, the CX2 fits well with ICPs' plans as they increase horsepower inside the data center.

Appendix

Further reading

Market Share Spreadsheet: 2Q16 Data Center Interconnect (DCI), TE0006-001284 (September 2016)

OFC 2016: More Innovation and Volume for Data Center Intra- and Interconnect, TE0017-000066 (April 2016)

100G Transceiver Opportunities in Intra–Data Center Interconnect, TE0017-000062 (January 2016)

Author

Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networks

ian.redpath@ovum.com

Recommended Articles

  • Enterprise Decision Maker, Enterprise IT Strategy and Select...

    2017 Trends to Watch: Big Data

    By Tony Baer 21 Nov 2016

    The breakout use case for big data will be fast data. The Internet of Things (IoT) is increasing the urgency for enterprises to embrace real-time streaming analytics, as use cases from mobile devices and sensors become compelling to a wide range of industry sectors.

    Topics Big data and analytics IoT

  • Service Provider Technology, Enterprise Decision Maker

    IT services required to smooth the path to automation

    By Kris Szaniawski 17 Jan 2018

    Ovum expects telecoms-specific IT services to be the fastest-growing segment of the telecoms vendor services market, not just this year but also over the next five years, with a CAGR of approximately 7% over the period.

  • Service Provider Technology

    5G – Deployment and Commercial Considerations

    By Daryl Schoolar 24 Nov 2017

    In a few years, operators will start rolling out commercial, standards-based 5G networks. In doing so, these operators will face a variety of deployment scenarios based on spectrum and other various factors. The deployment decisions they make will impact what the network looks like and the types of services offered.

    Topics 5G

;

Have any questions? Speak to a Specialist

Europe, Middle East & Africa team - +44 (0) 207 017 7700


Asia-Pacific team - +61 (0)3 960 16700

US team - +1 646 957 8878

+44 (0) 207 551 9047 - Operational from 09.00 - 17.00 UK time

You can also contact your named/allocated Client Services Executive using their direct dial.
PR enquiries - Call us at +44 7770704398 or email us at pr@ovum.com

Contact marketing - 
marketingdepartment@ovum.com

Already an Ovum client? Login to the Knowledge Center now