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ECIX Uses Infinera Cloud Xpress To Connect Datacentres

Company expands capacity between multiple datacentres in Frankfurt to support growing bandwidth demands

Network company Infinera has announced that ECIX, a provider of Internet Exchange (IX) services in Europe, has deployed  Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect datacentres in Frankfurt, Germany.

Cloud Xpress enables ECIX to optically interconnect datacentres with hyperscale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption to deliver scalable IX services to its customers.

ECIX, the second largest German Internet Exchange Point, delivers interconnection services in five markets. In August 2016, ECIX was acquired by Megaport (Europe), the European subsidiary of Megaport Limited, a global provider of elastic interconnection services across Asia-Pacific, North America and Europe.

Working closely with Infinera partner TechAccess, ECIX deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress to expand capacity between multiple datacentres in Frankfurt and support its customers' growing bandwidth demands.


With Cloud Xpress, ECIX benefits from Infinera's ephotonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology, which delivers a 500Gb/s wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) super-channel over 150 kilometers without additional multiplexers or amplifiers.

The Cloud Xpress incorporates Infinera's Instant Bandwidth technology to allow customers to software-activate line-side WDM bandwidth in 100 Gb/s increments as and when needed, closely matching their end-customer demands. 

“ECIX is experiencing strong growth in Frankfurt and other markets, and we needed a solution that provided compact, simple scalability with support for 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) over WDM,” said Kay Rechthien, CTO at ECIX. “The Infinera Cloud Xpress is a great fit for our Internet Exchange environment with its high density, Instant Bandwidth scalability and extreme operational simplicity.”

“We are pleased to deliver the Cloud Xpress to ECIX, one of Europe's leading Internet Exchange providers,” said Nick Walden, senior VP, EMEA at Infinera. “The compact design, ease of use and scalability of Cloud Xpress enables IX providers like ECIX to increase capacity and grow their business rapidly and cost-effectively. Working with ECIX and TechAccess, we are demonstrating how the Cloud Xpress can deliver the capacity needed to interconnect rapidly growing metro IX ecosystems.”

The Cloud Xpress Family offers customers the choice of 10 GbE, 40 GbE and 100 GbE client interfaces to meet their specific requirements. Infinera recently introduced the Cloud Xpress 2 based on its Infinite Capacity Engine and offering 1.2 terabits per second of line-side WDM bandwidth in one rack unit, scheduled to be available in the first quarter of 2017.

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