Monday, April 18, 2022

Windstream Wholesale completes 400G ZR+ trials

Windstream Wholesale completed interoperability testing of QSFP-DD form factor ZR+ pluggable modules from II-VI and Acacia, now part of Cisco. 

The tests established 400 Gigabit links in a production environment over a 1,027-kilometer link. The team also leveraged the Marvell Deneb Coherent DSP within a native 0 dBm II-VI pluggable and the Acacia module using the Greylock DSP. Industry standard oFEC algorithms were also used in the trials.

“These successful trials demonstrate that Windstream Wholesale remains the optical technology leader in making 400G wavelengths the default deployment for large wholesale and hyperscale customers,” said Buddy Bayer, president of Enterprise and Wholesale at Windstream. “Interoperability is key to simplifying high-performance networks in a cost and energy-efficient manner, and no other service provider has done more than Windstream toward making it a reality in the marketplace. This significant achievement validates Windstream’s strategy of open, disaggregated optical networking.”

Windstream also announced it has become the first service provider member of the OpenZR+ MSA. 

“We see the OpenZR+ community as well-positioned to make progress around standardization and interoperability in the high-performance transceiver arena,” said Art Nichols, vice president of network architecture and technology at Windstream. “Our goal is not simply to take advantage of our interop and optimization learnings internally, but to also contribute to the industry as a whole in driving open networking forward.”

“We would like to thank Windstream for their industry leadership in driving the technology and hosting the multivendor interoperability trials,” said Matthias Berger, vice president, coherent technology, II-VI Incorporated. “The success of these trials validates the level of maturity of the 400G ZR+ ecosystem which is essential to enable open systems and network architectures such as IP-over-DWDM.”

“As one of the founding members of the OpenZR+ MSA, we are excited to see the industry embracing interoperability and moving towards open networking architectures,” said Tom Williams, senior director of marketing for Acacia, now part of Cisco, and co-chair of the OpenZR+ MSA. “Interoperability and the introduction of new modules, such as our recently announced Bright 400ZR+ QSFP-DD pluggable, will be key to accelerating the adoption of router-based optics in transport networks.”

Karl Gass provides an overview of the OIF's 400ZR multivendor interoperability demonstration at OFC22 in San Diego, California.

Two set-ups are tested:

  • 400GE to Transport DWDM link - from an EXFO traffic generator/analyze via NeoPhotonics OSFP traversing a Cisco Open Line System to a Ciena Open Line system to a Cisco CFP-DCO in a Viavi traffic generator/analyzer
  • Round robin path consisting of 14 QSFP-DD modules, including modules from Cisco, Juniper, Ciena, Marvell, NeoPhotonics, and Fujitsu

Windstream Wholesale completes 1000 km 400G ZR+ field trials

Windstream Wholesale completed 1000 km 400G field trials leveraging pluggable modules from II-VI with QSFP-DD-DCO optics that achieve a high transmit power of 0dBm. The trials demonstrated unprecedented performance with strong working margins over a production network route and traversing up to 24 ROADMs in a lab environment.During the field trial, Windstream Wholesale closed established a 400G link on a 1,000+ kilometer link between Phoenix and...

Marvell intros low power, multi-mode 400G DSP

Marvell announced sampling of is new Deneb ultra-low power, multi-mode 400G DSP for disaggregated optical platforms. The new 7nm CDSP for 400G pluggable, which is compatible with its predecessor (Canopus), provides a seamless upgrade to interoperable pluggables across multiple platforms. Deneb can be used to enable standards based ITU, Open ROADM and OpenZR+ compliant 100G/200G/300G/400G pluggable transceivers."Standards-based interoperable...

The Netherlands aims for photonic integrated circuit leadership with €1.1B fund

PhotonDelta, a cross-border ecosystem of photonic chip technology organizations,secured €1.1 billion in public and private investment. This includes €470 million from the National Growth Fund of the Netherlands, while the rest is co-invested by various partners and stakeholders. 

The aim is to transform the Netherlands into the leader of the next generation of semiconductors and photonic integrated circuits (PICs).

The programme will run for six years and will enable PhotonDelta and its partners to further invest in photonic startups and scaleups, expand production and research facilities, attract and train talent, drive adoption, and develop a world-class design library. Currently, the PhotonDelta ecosystem currently consists of 26 companies, 11 technology partners and 12 R&D partners. The organization has jointly invested €171 million in promising photonics companies including Smart Photonics, PhotonsFirst, Surfix, MicroAlign, Solmates and Effect Photonics.

By 2030, PhotonDelta aims to have created an ecosystem with hundreds of companies, serving customers worldwide and a wafer production capacity of 100,000+ per year. 

Ewit Roos, CEO at PhotonDelta, said: "This investment is a game-changer. It will make the Netherlands the home of the next generation of semiconductors which will have a profound impact. The ongoing chip shortage highlights the pressing need to create its own production capabilities for strategic technologies. We will now be able to support hundreds of startups, researchers, producers and innovators to boost this industry that will be as impactful as the introduction of microelectronics a few decades ago."

"The Netherlands is considered a pioneer in the development of PIC technology, and thanks to the continuous support from the Dutch government, we have been able to build a full supply-chain around it that is globally recognised as a hotspot for photonic integration."

"Photonic chips are one of the most important technological breakthroughs of the last decade. Not only do they allow for the creation of devices that are faster, cheaper, more powerful and greener - they also enable radical new innovations like affordable point-of-care diagnostics or quantum computing to become a reality."

The PhotonDelta proposal has been submitted by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy in close collaboration with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), University of Twente (UT), Delft University of Technology (TUD), Holst Centre, TNO, IMEC, PITC, CITC, Holst Centre, OnePlanet, Smart Photonics,Lionix International, Effect Photonics, MantiSpectra, PhotonFirst, Phix, and Bright Photonics.

CompoundTek demos hybrid Si O+C+L-Band wavelength-tunable laser

Singapore-based CompoundTek, a global foundry in emerging Silicon Photonics (SiPh), has demonstrated a hybrid Silicon O+C+L-band wavelength-tunable laser module in collaboration with a stealth-mode product company.

The company said the laser modules operated simultaneously in the O-, C-, and L-wavebands. The laser engines have a wavelength tuning range of 175 nm across the three wavebands, with an output power and side-mode suppression ratio as high as 40 mW and 50 dB, respectively.

While distributed feedback (DFB) laser arrays and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) vertical cavity surface emitting lasers (VCSEL) have been shown to demonstrate wavelength-tuning functionality, there are limitations in terms of DFB array coupler loss and mechanical instability, respectively. Littman/Littrow-configured external cavity lasers (ECL) have also indicated wide operating wavelength range; however, the application-space of these class of lasers are limited by their bulk, as well as higher vulnerability to environmental vibrations.

CompoundTek’s Chief Operating Officer, KS Ang, said, “The challenge is for the development of a solid state-based laser diode with compact footprint, good performance that can be manufactured in a scalable, high-yield, and low-cost process. CompoundTek’s silicon photonics platform poses an attractive proposition for the realisation of the technology.”

“While there are many ways to build a tunable laser, what sets CompoundTek’s technology apart is our ability to integrate with Silicon Photonics devices which offer low propagation loss and high integration densities. Kudos to Dr. Brian Sia and the team, we are indeed very proud of this latest achievement,” he added.

STACK Infrastructure plans new 84MW data center in northern Virginia

STACK Infrastructure unveiled plans for a new 84MW data center campus on 34 acres in Prince William County in Northern Virginia. 

The project will comprise a minimum of two buildings spanning 602,000 square feet. 

STACK anticipates the data centers will be ready in Q3 of 2023.

In the last four months, STACK has announced a total of 300MW of additional capacity planned in Northern Virginia. In aggregate, STACK’s current and under-development capacity is 600+MW in the region.

“STACK has again capitalized on its industry-leading expertise and deep local relationships to deliver capacity in the world’s most coveted power and land-constrained market,” said Brian Cox, Chief Executive Officer of STACK. “This new campus adds to STACK’s already significant presence in Prince William County and is STACK’s latest demonstration of our commitment to continuously delivering scalable solutions for our clients in strategic locations across the globe.”

“It is not by chance that we have shown this level of growth in Northern Virginia,” said Cox. “We are focused on building and delivering critical capacity for our clients where they have the greatest needs. Our continued expansion in the markets that matter most to our clients, like Northern Virginia, combined with our focus on sustainability initiatives, position STACK as the trusted development and operational partner to hyperscalers.”

  • Previously this year, STACK announced three new data center campus projects, including a 216MW flagship Ashburn campus, a 56MW campus in Toronto, a 36MW Inzai campus in Japan, and a flagship Portland campus with 200MW of current and expansion capacity. In March, STACK announced its global expansion into the EMEA region, establishing itself as one of the largest global private data center operators worldwide. STACK’s offerings comprise numerous concurrent projects in key regions throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, and EMEA. 

Sabey announces 72mw data center campus in Austin

Sabey Data Centers unveiled plans for a new 72MW data center campus on 40 acres in Round Rock, Texas. 

The two-building data center campus willfeature the company’s latest innovations that maximize available data center space while shrinking its construction footprint. Site preparation has commenced, and Sabey will break ground on the new data center campus in June of 2022 with a target Ready for Service Date of Q1 2023.

“This is an exciting time for the entire Sabey organization,” said Tim Mirick, Chief Revenue Officer of Sabey Data Centers. “The Austin region has everything our customers are looking for: a vibrant and growing technology hub, a thriving, diversified economy, and a high quality of life. We are eager to offer our award-winning service, lowest-cost power, and market-leading total cost of ownership to companies considering Texas for data center expansion.”

Sabey also opereates data center campuses in Seattle, WA, Quincy, WA, East Wenatchee, WA, Ashburn, VA, and New York City, NY.

Investment firm acquires Unitas Global's connectivity business

Digital Alpha Advisors, a leading digital infrastructure investment firm, has acquired Unitas Global's Connectivity Business. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Unitas Global is a network service provider offering automated ubiquitous edge access to cloud everywhere with an automated design and pricing platform, Unitas Nexus.

The company will continue to operate under the name Unitas Global and the current management team will continue.

"The acquisition of Unitas Global's Connectivity Business assets is a further demonstration of Digital Alpha's commitment to digital infrastructure and the next generation of networking," Digital Alpha Managing Partner, Rick Shrotri, shares. "The global data networking marketplace offers a significant opportunity for companies with the vision and the capability to enable critical end-to-everywhere services. We look forward to adding Unitas Global’s Connectivity Business assets to our portfolio and building on its already strong foundation."

"The disruptive nature of Unitas' twin-pillar strategy has become increasingly self-evident in the market. The team is ready to take on the next chapter, partnering with Digital Alpha and its portfolio companies, to become the market leader redefining agile connectivity solutions for the enterprise," states Patrick Shutt, CEO of Unitas Global. Grant Kirkwood, Co-founder and CTO of Unitas Global, adds, "We are extremely excited to invest in the further development of our proprietary Unitas Global technologies, including Unitas Nexus™ and Unitas Reach™, to support our customers globally."

Gigamon names Shane Buckley as president and CEO

Gigamon named Shane Buckley as its next president and CEO, replacing Paul Hooper who is stepping down after 10 years as CEO role but who will remain an active member of the Gigamon Board of Directors.

Buckley has served as the President and COO at Gigamon for four years where he has expanded the company’s business and markets worldwide. Prior to joining Gigamon in 2018, Buckley served as the CEO at Xirrus and President and CEO of Rohati Systems.

“As President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Shane demonstrated his abilities as a world-class executive by co-leading the company through both highly successful quarters in parallel with navigating the challenges of the global pandemic,” said Paul Hooper, outgoing CEO at Gigamon. “I am confident in passing the torch to Shane as I believe this marks an appropriate time for a transition in leadership as the company embarks on its next growth phase. I am leaving the company in good hands with a trusted, proven leader and friend.”

“Enterprises are quickly shifting toward hybrid and multi-cloud deployments to accelerate digital transformation initiatives but, unfortunately, they must contend with an ever-more dangerous threat landscape,” said Buckley. “I look forward to entering this new phase of growth focused on addressing the evolving requirements of our customers by investing in the deep observability solutions required to achieve the full agility of a resilient digital infrastructure without risk.”