DE-CIX becomes first IX to offer 400GE technology

26 March 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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DE-CIX becomes the first internet exchange (IX) operator to offer 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400GE)access technology to its customers.

[Image Caption: Eric Dorr (left), head of infrastructure, and Thomas King, chief technology officer, launching the first 400-GE Nokia line cards at DE-CIX in Frankfurt.]

The news comes as the IX in the world to offer this next-gen technology and is in direct response from customers for more data capacity.

“With the introduction of the 400GE access technology, we once again underscore our claim to be a technology leader,” said Thomas King, chief technology officer at DE-CIX. “We offer our customers newest generation hardware and a modern, scalable infrastructure, which will also be able to meet all requirements in the future. At the same time, we support the growth of our customers at our worldwide locations with the new technology. Because the more data traffic they can exchange over us, the more the investment in our services will pay off.”

The new offering is being delivered through the DE-CIX Apollon platform, which uses Nokia routers as one of its core components. At present, the new Nokia 400GE line cards are only available at DE-CIX’s Frankfurt facility. In the mid-term DE-CIX plans on making this technology available some of its other locations. Overall, this new advancement will lead to few connections or cross-connects, which in turn will result in better cost efficiency.

“We have happily served DE-CIX for over six years with our cutting-edge equipment,” added Ken Kutzler, vice president of Nokia’s IP routing hardware business. “Our routing R&D is heavily driven by the fast-growing, high-quality throughput demands of customers like DE-CIX. Nokia is proud to be their partner and to help enable its first 400GE peering ports. Powered by the Nokia FP4 Chipset, DE-CIX can continue to expect deterministic loss-less performance, smooth operations and seamless upgrades as we move together into the future.”

To date the biggest connection capacity DE-CIX has been able to offer is 100GE, which was first introduced in 2013 and has been increasingly booked in recent years. As a result, in 2018, orders of 100GE ports at DE-CIX grew by almost 45% in comparison to 2017.

“Within the next few years, we expect the 400-GE access technology to become the new gold standard for customers with commensurate broadband needs,” concluded Eric Dorr, head of infrastructure at DE-CIX.