France-IX picks Coriant to upgrade optical transport infrastructure

21 November 2017 | Natalie Bannerman


France-IX and Coriant have teamed up to improve the scalability, flexibility and efficiency of France-IX’s optical transport infrastructure.

The news comes as France-IX say its customers have a rapidly growing demand for peering capacity driven by the uptake of content-hungry end user applications.

Speaking on the news of the partnership, Simon Muyal, chief technical officer at France-IX, said: “A key part of our strategy is to anticipate Internet traffic growth and maximize the performance of our network to meet our members’ expectations for reliable and affordable Internet exchange services – today and into the future. After rigorous analysis of competing DWDM solutions, we selected the Coriant Groove G30 for its cost-competitive system density, power efficiency, and ease of operations that enables us to quickly scale optical capacity as the service demand cycles of our member community accelerate.”

France-IX recently upgraded its backbone and has deployed the Coriant Groove G30 Network Disaggregation Platform in its major data centre sites in the Paris metro area. The solution supports high-capacity, low latency nx100G optical connectivity and allows France-IX to simplify network operations and deliver affordable 100G services to its member community.

The Coriant Groove G30 is a 1RU open transport solution for cloud, data centre, and IXP networks that can be equipped as a muxponder terminal solution and as an Open Line System optical layer solution. Purpose-built for scalable interconnectivity applications, it enables density, flexibility, and low power consumption.

The initial deployment of the 100G infrastructure solution began in the summer of 2017 at three of France-IX data centres in the Paris metro area and throughout 2018 the solution will be deployed to the entire France-IX backbone.

“We are pleased to help France-IX realize the proven value of best-in-class technology designed to increase the density of their infrastructure and optimize network costs for the benefit of their users,” added Ronald Van der Kraan, managing director of Europe at Coriant.

Recently Capacity spoke to France-IX CEO, Franck Simon on the future of IXP’s. During the interview Simon expressed his view that IXP should be more collaborative saying, “the point is not to be the biggest, it’s to be clever enough to make sure you facilitate the entry of a new network, instead of wanting to be the only one connecting this new network.” To read the full interview please click here.