The ever-expanding demands of data center interconnect were never going to be easy to address. Data center operators facing constant pressure for better cost metrics in terms of bandwidth and rack space density know that when the chips are down, it’s all about economics of scale—or more accurately, scalability.
With the new 1FINITY T600 optical transport blade, the quest to deliver the maximum amount of traffic and the highest performance at the minimum possible cost is suddenly much more reasonable and achievable. In addition to being the first compact modular blade to offer ultra-high speed transmission up to 600G, the T600 delivers the highest spectral efficiency in the industry: up to 76.8 Tbps per single fiber, enabling maximum performance and capacity for both data center interconnect (DCI) and 5G applications.
The T600’s value for data center operators can be broken down into four tenets that were uppermost in our minds as we designed the platform. These four tenets represent the cornerstones of hyperscale optical transport for next-generation DCI as well as 5G:
- Flexibility – Designed to support all DCI applications, the T600 offers a wide range of configuration options and is engineered to scale progressively while controlling cost per bit per km.
- Capacity – To enable extreme optical transport use cases, the T600 supports 600G transmission with both C- and L-band spectrum on the line side, as well as providing client ports that are upgradeable to 400 GbE, further boosting capacity; the blade will soon offer 6 × 400 GbE client ports as an option in place of the existing 24 × 100 GbE ports.
- Automation – Starting with the feature-rich system software on the blade, Fujitsu has embraced the open-source model and laid the foundations for automation that simplifies operations and enhances adoption of network-level automation.
- Security – From management to control to data plane, the T600 incorporates security measures to protect critical data from intrusion, including Layer 1 encryption and compliance with Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 as well as built-in physical design defenses.
Hyperscale optical transport will require extreme but flexible fiber capacity and reach capabilities that can be scaled for various DCI applications. Fujitsu addresses these needs with the 1FINITY T600 Transport blade, enabling data centers and cloud providers to equip their networks for the demands of the hyperconnected digital economy.