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Infinera introduces Instant Network to support cognitive networking

BENGALURU: Transport Network provider, Infinera has introduced Infinera Instant Network, the next generation of software defined capacity (SDC) for cloud scale networks and for building the necessary foundation for cognitive networking.

The company says that emerging 5G mobile services, the Internet of Things (IoT), streaming video, Carrier Ethernet and cloud-based on-demand business services require increased optical network agility. With Instant Network, service providers activate SDC when revenue-generating services demand it, reducing capital expenditures by diminishing idle optical network capacity and lowering business risk by shrinking the time between paying for capacity and activating revenue-generating services.

Infinera says that instant Network also enables service providers to accelerate service delivery and lower operational expenditures by automating optical capacity engineering and by reducing truck rolls to install additional hardware.

Increasing optical capacity on conventional hardware-based transport systems can take months between forecasting and activating the optical capacity needed to deliver new services, which drives service providers to overprovision optical capacity by as much as 50 percent to ensure service delivery. Instant Network enables service providers to automate optical capacity engineering and scale optical capacity in minutes by using Infinera’s Xceed and Digital Node Administrator (DNA) software. This allows service providers to closely match capacity deployment to the activation of revenue-generating services and to eliminate multiple planning and provisioning steps that previously required numerous manual tasks.

Instant Network builds on the success of Infinera Instant Bandwidth, providing the foundation required to deliver cognitive networking. Infinera introduced Instant Bandwidth in 2012, enabling for the first time software activation of service-ready optical capacity in a few hours on networks powered by the DTN-X platform and equipped with Infinera’s unique photonic integrated circuits (PICs). Infinera introduced Time-based Instant Bandwidth in 2015, enabling software activation of bandwidth licenses for a limited duration. To date, more than 70 of Infinera’s customers use Instant Bandwidth, including half of DTN-X XTC customers, the top three subsea customers and over 60 percent of data center interconnect customers.

Instant Network amplifies the power of Instant Bandwidth by adding Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE), and by extending SDC to new Infinera platforms. These new platforms support flexible grid and sliceable 2.4 terabit super-channels powered by the Infinera Infinite Capacity Engine.

Infinera Instant Network capabilities are planned across the Infinera DNA software and the Xceed Software Suite. Instant Network Bandwidth License Pool and Moveable Licenses are available now. ACE is planned for 2018.

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