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Infinera: The Infinite Network Built on the Science of Simplicity

Website Hosting Review interview with Fady Masoud, Principal, Cloud Solutions Marketing Infinera

By Contributing Editor Anthony Hidalgo

Fady Masoud is a Principal in the Cloud Solutions Marketing team at Infinera and Prime for the Compact Modular as well as Metro Core/Long Haul solutions.

Fady’s area of expertise focuses on the architecture and requirements of next-generation optical networking infrastructure. During his more than 23 years in the telecommunications industry, Fady has held various positions in the optical networking domain at Nortel, Ciena and now Infinera. He started as a hardware test engineer on the first OC-192 (10 Gbps) systems and then as a Systems engineer on optical metropolitan products, all combined with hands-on field experience. Fady holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University (Quebec City, Canada) and a master’s degree in systems technology (simulation of optical networks) from the Superior School of Technology (Montreal, Canada). He has written numerous publications, including books on next-generation optical networking including OTN, Data Center Interconnect (DCI), Coherent Optical Networking, evolution strategies to cognitive networking and many other key topics.

With ITW 2019 approaching rapidly, we sat down to chat with Fady about how Infinera solves its clients’ problems clients problems and what’s on the horizon for the company.

Website Hosting Review, Anthony Hidalgo (DCP-AH) Question: Why don’t you tell our readers about Infinera

Fady Masoud, Principal of Cloud Solutions Marketing at Infinera (I-FM) Answer: The demands for data center interconnect are evolving, requiring more capacity, more flexibility and more automation. Infinera is delivering the next generation of DCI platforms that is sled-based (mix-n-match of muxponder sleds and photonic sleds), 600G/wavelength and 38.4 Tb/s per single fiber as well a feature-rich set of automation capabilities to help data center operators (ICP, telcos, CNPs and others) seamlessly evolve their DCI projects to the new era.

Operators are striving for the perfect balance between cutting-edge technology and cost, constantly evaluating investment utilization, operational efficiency and network agility. That means access to affordable agility is becoming more and more relevant—and we continue to evolve our solutions to address each aspect of that balancing act as we serve our customers’ needs in the quickly changing connectivity landscape.

DCP-AH Q: To what do you attribute to Infinera’s success?

I-FM A: A fast innovation track and record-breaking technologies. For example, XT-3300 powered by ICE4 has set two world records in spectral efficiencies, while the new sled on the Groove G30 platform demonstrated 600G/wavelength over a live network over 250 km distance – way farther than any other competitor. We also stand out from the pack through our vertical integration, customer-focused approach and our clear vision on where data center interconnect will be in the years to come.

DCP-AH Q: What milestones did Infinera achieve in the past year and how will these developments help your company keep up with the demands of the quickly growing and ever-changing telecommunications industry?

I-FM A: Infinera’s innovation is leading to new records in optical performance as well as in automation and intelligence:

  • Two new industry records set by the XT-3300 powered by ICE4
    • 6.21 bits/Sec/Hz, 6,644 km, 16QAM, 26.2 Tb/s, MAREA cable from Virginia Beach (USA) to Bilbao (Spain)
    • 4.5 bits/Sec/Hz, 10,600 km, 8QAM, 18.2 Tb/s, Seabras-1 cable from NYC (USA)

to São Paulo (Brazil)

  • Longest transmission (250 km) of a 600G wavelength in a live Tier 1 network using the

new sled on the Groove G30 – 2.5X the closest competitor (100 km)

  • Only commercially available compact disaggregated platform to support client/line AND

photonic Sleds (mix-n-match) in a compact 1RU

  • Only DCI platform to demonstrate autonomous intelligent transponder (AIT) technology

that autonomously adapted transmission parameters such as modulation schemes,

minimizing network cost and maximizing performance, including total fiber capacity throughput and spectral efficiency based on real-time network conditions

  • Lowest power consumption of 0.16 W/G

These innovations enable us to execute on our promise of “Instant Bandwidth,” ultimately achieving the goal of pairing optical transmission flexibility with intelligent and predictive automation that enables instant bandwidth from the core to the edge. This helps deliver an instantly scalable, self-optimizing network that dynamically adapts to the demands of applications while reducing the total cost of operations.

DCP-AH Q: You and your team certainly have something to be proud of. What are you most looking forward to accomplishing over the next year? 

I-FM A: As announced in March 2019, Infinera will soon be introducing its sixth generation Infinite Capacity Engine (ICE6). This innovation will further raise the bar of scalability, optical performance and automation delivering 800G/wavelength, second generation of Nyquist sub-carriers, second generation of Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS), 80 Tb/s on a single fiber pair as well as many new automation features to pave the way toward cognitive networking. ICE6 will power different platforms in the Infinera portfolio to provide high performance and automation end-to-end. With trends such as 5G, self-driving cars and streaming game platforms raising the stakes—straining and even overwhelming networks—Infinera is constantly pushing forward to improve data center interconnect in order to ensure those applications are supported. That includes exploring ways software-based artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) can create a new cognitive network capable of adjusting to numerous variables without human intervention – or errors.

DCP-AH Q: What do you think is the greatest challenge in the industry and how are you working to overcome it?

I-FM A: Greatest challenges:

  • The relentless demand for bandwidth over a limited infrastructure is maxing out optical

networks. That leads operators to deploy more boxes and fibers or over-engineer the

network  more CAPEX/OPEX.

  • Complex architectures are slowing down the addition of new capacity and the activation

of new services, as well as driving up operating costs. This leads to increased

vulnerability of losing business to competition as well as increased operational spending, leading to OPEX spending spiral.

  • Flat revenue growth, increased CAPEX and steep price erosions forces operators to

reduce profit margins to stay competitive. A reduction in bottom line limits business growth and negatively impacts profitability.

How we’re overcoming these challenges:

We’re leveraging the most advanced optical Innovations in our optical engines to provide:

  • Unmatched Scalability: for example, ICE6 will deliver 800G/wavelength, dual channel 1.6

Tb/s module, 2nd generation of Probabilistic Constellation Shaping (PCS) on 7 nm DSP, 2nd generation Nyquist Subcarriers, C+L Band (80 Tb/s per single fiber)

  • New service economics and a new competitive edge through vertical integration driving

down total cost of ownership, matching CAPEX and service revenue through

service-ready capacity, new services on existing infrastructure (e.g. 400GE), and fast service activation and broader service portfolio as a competitive edge

DCP-AH Q: What would you like to accomplish at ITW 2019?

I-FM A: Infinera is a customer-focused company, working in close partnership with its customers and other partners to deliver the most value to the industry. We look forward to events, such as ITW, as an opportunity to deepen those customer relationships as well as learning about innovations from our peers and partners in the industry.

DCP-AH Q:  Thanks so much for sharing these insights about the work Infinera does with our readers and for chatting with us, Fady. Fady and the Infinera team will be attending ITW 2019 in Atlanta from June 23-26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Marquis hotels. To learn more about Infinera visit www.infinera.com.

About Infinera

Infinera is a global supplier of innovative networking solutions that enable carriers, cloud operators, governments and enterprises to scale network bandwidth, accelerate service innovation and automate network operations. The Infinera end-to-end packet-optical portfolio delivers industry-leading economics and performance in long-haul, subsea, data center interconnect and metro transport applications. To learn more about Infinera visit www.infinera.com, follow us on Twitter @Infinera and read our latest blog posts at www.infinera.com/blog.

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How ARM Data Center Software Modernizes Network Lifecycle Management, Granting Heightened Visibility and Control

Website Hosting Review interview with Joseph McDermott, COO and CFO, ARM Data Center Software

By Contributing Editor Anthony Hidalgo

Joseph McDermott is Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of ARM Data Center Software, a company dedicated to eliminating costly network inventory defects and unleashing financial performance for customers. Joe brings wide-ranging experience to the ARM Data Center Software team, leveraging a background that spans startups, technology development, government and finance. In his role at the company, Joe leads operations and finance to ensure customers are receiving nothing less than an exceptional experience while garnering added value and network safety for their company.As ITW quickly approaches, Website Hosting Review sat down with Joe to delve into ARM Data Center Software’s milestones and discuss what the company is looking forward to at ITW.

Website Hosting Review, Anthony Hidalgo (DCP-AH) Question: What does ARM Data Center Software do and what problems are you solving?

ARM Data Center Software, Joseph McDermott (ADCS-JM) Answer: ARM® Data Center Software is the innovative provider of network lifecycle management solutions for carrier, colocation, and cloud operators. Our industry-first, true Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, cARMa®, empowers clients of any size to quickly take control and gain visibility into the expense, revenue, and capacity of their network infrastructure with a single source of truth across departmental barriers.

Poor inventory data drives substantial operational and financial underperformance. Daily business transactions, siloed IT systems, new overlay networks, and acquisitions create the potential for poor inventory data quality. The high acquisition cost of traditional solutions, whether bare-metal or virtualized in private clouds, are hard to justify in the face of the spreadsheets that worked up to this point. Now, with the modernization of networks and the growing digital transformation of business, network and data center providers can no longer succeed and scale without a single source of reliable data for operating, maintaining, and optimizing networks.

Clients choose our cARMa solution, our cross-functional team, and our proprietary DISCOVER to RECOVER process to modernize their network operations, systems, and inventory, accelerating financial performance.

DCP-AH Q: What milestones did ARM Data Center Software achieve in the past year, and how will these developments help the company keep up with the demands of the quickly-growing and ever-changing telecommunications industry?

ADCS-JM A: ARM® Data Center Software has had a busy year. In the last 12 months, the company has repositioned itself as a software company, become a Microsoft Partner, and launched cARMa®, its SaaS Network Inventory solution. ARM also continues to expand its customer base, most recently deploying cARMa with one of the top 10 U.S. cable companies.

The company has transformed from a professional services company, known for its DISCOVER to RECOVER program, to a software-based company. This year ARM launched cARMa, the same proven platform our multidisciplinary teams used to transform network inventory data, as the industry’s first true SaaS Network Inventory solution, enabling service providers to better understand and take control of the  expense, revenue, and capacity of network infrastructure.

DCP-AH Q: What do you think is the greatest challenge in the industry, and how is ARM Data Center Software working to overcome it?

ADCS-JM A: One of the most significant challenges for service providers is how they collect, organize, correlate, and maintain quality operational and financial data. To put the issue into perspective, the average age of monthly recurring cost defects that ARM® discovers in the network is 36 months.

Initially, customers engage with ARM on a tactical challenge, then they go through the discovery process and bring all the data sources into one view. As that happens, clients envision their inventory data as a key strategic enabler of their modernization, integration, and financial initiatives.

ARM’s Network Inventory SaaS, cARMa®, is the solution that replaces outdated manual and siloed data practices, which often result in fragmented views of data center and network business and are not able to grow with the increasing complexity of today’s IT infrastructure.  The new cARMa Network Inventory SaaS gives service providers the ability to plan, assign, change, and document network inventory at every level. Users directly associate orders, revenue, and expenses to network infrastructure for a single source of truth across departmental barriers. ARM is committed to helping providers modernize their legacy network management and information systems and enhance their digital transformation.

DCP-AH Q: What new developments are on the horizon for ARM Data Center Software?

ADCS-JM A: ARM® Data Center Software is announcing and demonstrating new cARMa® features that offer unparalleled visibility into network environments at ITW 2019 in Atlanta. These new features enable customers to visualize and interact with their data for smarter and faster decision making. Built on the Microsoft cloud, cARMa offers scale, performance, security, and innovation, enabling ARM to focus on solving its clients’ core business challenges. The combination of an agile cloud-based development environment and clients seeing their inventory data as a strategic enabler of their business opens up unlimited possibilities for innovation.

DCP-AH Q: What would you like to accomplish at the upcoming ITW 2019?

ADCS-JM A: ARM® Data Center Software wants everyone at #ITW2019 to experience cARMa®. We want network and data center providers of any size to see how simple it can be to solve their data integrity challenges with a single system that allows for interaction with all network-related data and smart decision making. All attendees can experience cARMa at the ARM meeting room on the expo floor – Marriott Marquis Ballroom, Room M-M7030. ARM will be giving live demos at 11:00 AM each day, or attendees can schedule a private demonstration of cARMa.

DCP-AH Q: Thanks so much for sharing more about the company and its great software services. Joe and the ARM Data Center Software team will be attending ITW 2019 in Atlanta from June 23-26, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency and Marriott Marquis hotels. For more information about ARM Data Center Software, please visit www.armdcs.com.