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INEX Deploys 1 Terabit of Core Capacity, as Part of €300K Upgrade Programme

As part of the largest ever investment in the internet exchange’s infrastructure, INEX has selected Coriant’s Groove G30 interconnect platform to deliver 100G connectivity between its Dublin sites. Going live overnight tonight (11 October 2017), upgrading the metro connectivity to be 100G capable will future-proof the exchange’s services, and provides the capability to add additional capacity on an incremental basis. Sites will initially be connected at 200G across INEX’s dark fibre network which connects all its exchange point PoPs.

The Coriant Groove G30 platform with the CHM 1G line cards was selected, following a comprehensive review of potential solutions on the market and significant lab tests, against INEX’s specific requirements for the solution.

Commenting on the decision to deploy the Coriant solution, Nick Hilliard, INEX CTO said; “The current investment programme in exchange infrastructure is the most significant in the organisations’ history totalling over €300K. What we are building now will be in place for many years, so getting the architecture right at this stage is critical.

“There were a number of solutions which could have fulfilled our requirements but following a thorough review of the options, the Coriant solution provided the best combination of key features and power consumption at the right price.”

Given the anticipated lifetime of this solution, the power consumption of the Coriant Groove G30 was of particular importance during the selection process. The low power draw of this equipment not only reduces the total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the solution but also responds to INEX’s desire to deploy environmentally friendly infrastructure.

The 100G metro platform at INEX has been designed with resilience as a key element. Largely ‘plug and play’, Coriant Groove G30s have been purchased and deployed across the INEX Dublin network with cold spares available for rapid deployment should any issues arise.

INEX began offering 100G access ports in 2016 and this infrastructure project to upgrade the metro connectivity to be 100G capable future-proofs the exchange and helps meet INEX’s stated mission of meeting and exceeding all the internet exchange needs of its membership community, both now and in the future.