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Infinera Demonstrates Transport SDN and Packet Technology on DTN-X Platform at Nissho Labs

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Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN), a leader in Intelligent Transport Networks™, and Nissho Electronics, a carrier class network systems integrator in Japan, announced today the successful demonstration of converged packet-optical technology and Transport Software Defined Network (SDN) on an Infinera DTN-X network. The demonstration took place at Nissho Labs NETFrontier Center in Tokyo. This confirms the continued investment in and the leadership of the Intelligent Transport Network.

Key aspects of the packet-optical convergence demonstration on the Infinera DTN-X includes Ethernet packet aggregation, VLAN switching, and transport of MPLS pseudo-wires with signaling over 500G super-channel based OTN ODUflex transport. This demonstration showcased the value of converging DWDM, OTN and packet switching on the same platform.

The demonstration of Transport SDN featured a prototype Open Transport Switch running on the Infinera DTN-X and working in conjunction with an external SDN controller and various network applications. The SDN controller provisioned bandwidth services on demand across a network comprised of DTN-X nodes using the OpenFlow protocol. The demonstration further leveraged service-ready super-channel capacity, flexible Bandwidth Virtualization, and a standards-based control plane to provide an optimal platform to deliver Transport SDN functionality with the DTN-X.

"Infinera's goal is to converge Ethernet and MPLS technology into the transport layer on the DTN-X to increase the efficiency of core networks for our customers with an Intelligent Transport Network," said Dave Welch, Infinera Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and CTO. "This demonstration is an important step to prove that Ethernet, MPLS, Transport SDN and the Open Transport Switch technologies can be seamlessly integrated within this architecture."

"Nissho strongly believes that the Infinera DTN-X is well suited for the Japanese telecom market needs," said Toshiaki Kibe, Director and Managing Executive Officer, General Manager Marketing Division and General Manager Engineering Division at Nissho. "The DTN-X has proven itself with several of our customers as a world class packet-optical transport network platform, and is now demonstrating its capability as a future proof platform by showcasing the benefits of seamless packet integration and Transport SDN."

"Integrated packet technology in a converged MPLS/OTN/DWDM platform combined with Transport SDN are key capabilities to increase automation and network efficiency while ensuring rapid end-to-end service provisioning for future multi-terabit networks, and this demonstration highlights that the Infinera DTN-X is definitely well positioned to help operators meet those challenges," David Krozier, Principal Analyst, Network Infrastructure at Ovum.

The Intelligent Transport Network helps carriers use time as a weapon to increase revenues with reliable, differentiated services while reducing operating costs through scale, multi-layer convergence and automation. The Intelligent Transport Network delivers 500 Gb/s FlexCoherent™ super-channels today and is designed to scale without compromise to enable terabit super-channels and Terabit Ethernet in the future.

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