Monday, March 29, 2010

Broadband Stimulus Player Infinera Announces Data Center Interoperability Certification 03/29/2010 San Francisco - Optical network gear maker Infinera Corporation (NASDAQ: INFN) today announced that its ATN metro edge platform has been certified by Brocade Communications Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: BRCD) for 1G and 2G Fibre Channel, as per the testing regime of Brocade's branded Data Center Ready Program.

Today's announcement follows that of a week ago, also headlined by Infinera, of a multi-vendor networking interoperability statement in the the 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) market space.

Brocade's data center certification program is an effort to spur interoperability in multi-vendor Brocade-based data center environments.  The testing that certified the Infinera ATN metro edge platform was conducted at the Brocade Data Center Ready labs, where extensive performance testing is conducted on storage area network (SAN) products in multi-vendor and large fabric environments. The program was launched by Brocade, headquartered in San Jose, CA, in 2000.

”Achieving certification as part of the Brocade Data Center Ready program opens new applications for deployment of the ATN platform and integrated ATN-DTN networks,”  said Paul Morkel, senior director of product marketing for Infinera. “The SAN market is growing as enterprises and carriers implement storage applications worldwide.”

Infinera's ATN is a metro-optimized CWDM (coarse wavelength division multiplexing) and DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) platform designed for cost-effective add/drop and multi-service aggregation in fiber otpic rings comprising metro networks. The ATN extends Infinera's digital optical networking benefits into the metro environment by providing a small form-factor, cost-efficient wavelength-granular add/drop system that interoperates with Infinera's DTN product. The integration of ATN and DTN delivers both bandwidth efficiency and simplified end-to-end management of services across the network.

“Infinera’s successful completion of the Data Center Ready Program certifies its ATN metro edge platform’s interoperability with Brocade switches and directors in multi-vendor SAN environments," said Patric Chang, director of Strategic Alliances at Brocade. "As storage area networks are being deployed worldwide at a rapid rate, customers now have the added assurance that these technologies working in tandem form a scalable, high-performance networking foundation for storage environments.

Infinera's Corporate Broadband Stimulus Support
Infinera has used the $7.2 billion broadband stimulus program to increase its visibility in the optical networking market, as it manages its broadband stimulus corporate support program for network operators applying for federal capital subsidies.

The firm points to the federal grant received in February by its customer Mid-Atlantic Broadband Cooperative, as proof of the applicability of its product line to middle mile network projects proposed for rural service territories.  On February 11, Infinera hosted a broadband stimulus event for current and potnetial customers at its headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.  Along with the firm's  corporate and marketing personnel, the event focused on the hopes of California state government officials to see the federal program help jump start the beleaguered economy of the Golden State.
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