IX Australia deploys Smartoptics’ low cost 100G Open Line System

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Oslo, Norge – 6 December 2018 – Smartoptics, a leading provider of open optical networking solutions, today announced that the Internet Exchange Australia (IX Australia) has deployed Smartoptics DCP-M40 Open Line System and Pluggable DWDM QSFP28 PAM4 Transceivers to provide high capacity links between IX Australia’s metro locations in Sydney. The new, automated, network was delivered by Independent Data Solutions (IDS) and provides IX Australia with lowest cost 40 x 100 Gb/s traffic capability over a single pair of fibers.

IX Australia is a member owned, not-for-profit peering exchange established in 1997 by the Internet Association of Australia Inc. (formally the Western Australian Internet Association Inc.) and operating 5 Peering Points throughout Australia accessed by major metropolitan data centers. Recently, IX Australia has decided to upgrade its metropolitan link capacities, to cater for the rapidly growing data traffic. 

The new Smartoptics DCP-M40 Open Line System deployed by IX Australia enables up to 40x100G wavelengths over spans exceeding 50km with fully automated addition of new channels for ease of use. Space and power considerations were important factors in the technology choice due to the cost of colocation and available power in hosting facilities. The 1U form factor and max 45W power consumption for a fully loaded 40 channels system were significantly differentiating factors over more traditional coherent transponders.   

With its new network, IX Australia will be able to provide new services to its members, while at the same time increasing overall capacity. A special feature of the network is its capability to embedded DWDM at 100G in QSFP28 form factor, using COLORZ© from Inphi. This has not been possible to date without use of expensive coherent CFP or CFP2 modules, usually not available for the most current and dense switching platforms.  

The network is supplied by local Smartoptics VAD partner IDS, who will additionally manage after sales services in Australia. 

Joe WoollerTechnical Manager at IX Australia says: “We are delighted to have been able to upgrade our network, based on the very modern Extreme 870, so easily and significantly increase available capacity at the lowest possible costWe are now able to easily scale service flexibility and capacity just by adding new transceivers to our switches. The line system automation handles everything else, no complex provision needed. As demand on our network grows, we need the flexibility to handle adding new capacity when it is needed with no drama. 

Iain Ashley, CTO at IDS comments, “The Smartoptics DCP-M40 represents a step-change in the ability to deliver high-capacity networks over metro distances for our customers. Instead of complex, expensive, telco-sized closed systems, the DCP-M40 enables businesses to roll-out high bandwidth low latency networks and keep pace with the development of smaller, denser and faster switching technology”.   

Magnus GrenfeldtCEO Smartopticscommented, “In winning this important network expansion projectSmartoptics demonstrates continued success in commercializing PAM4 technology, our unique open line system and network automation technology as new foundation for Data Centre Interconnectivity. IX Australia has seamlessly expanded the capabilities of its network selecting the most optimal technology for their interconnects. Selecting PAM4 over coherent technology for less than 80km interconnects is clearly significantly advantageous in terms of cost, complexity, availability and latency.


For more information please contact: 
Per Burman 
Director Strategic Partner Sales   
Smartoptics AB 
Telephone: +46736566946 
Email: per.burman@smartoptics.com 


About Smartoptics 

Smartoptics provides innovative optical networking solutions and devices for the new era of open networking. We focus on solving network challenges and increasing the competitiveness of our customers. Our customer base includes thousands of enterprises, governments, cloud providers, Internet exchanges as well as cable and telecom operators. 

We leverage modern software design principles and expand network horizons by having an open networking approach in everything we do. This allows our customers to break unwanted vendor lock-in, remain flexible and minimize costs.  

Our solutions are based on open networking standards and are used in metro and regional network applications that increasingly rely on data center services and specifications. The products we deliver are based on in-house developed hardware and software and enhanced through associated services. 

Smartoptics is a Scandinavian company founded in 2006. We partner with leading technology and network solution providers and uphold numerous certifications and approvals from major switching and storage solution providers such as Brocade, Cisco, HPE and Dell EMC. We have a global reach through our own sales force and more than 100 business partners including distributors, OEMs and VARs.  

We take pride in being responsive, trustworthy and innovative. 

For additional information about Smartoptics, please visit https://www.smartoptics.com/ 


About IX Australia 

IX Australia is a member based, not-for-profit organisation, that operates five neutral peering points across twenty data centers throughout Australia. IX Australia has been operating internet exchanges in Australia since 1997 and is well placed to help your organization improve its interconnection.  

For additional information about IX Australia, please visit https://www.ix.asn.au/ 


About IDS  

IDS offers to our reseller community Value Add Distribution through our innovative hardware and software solutions and highly capable technical team. We source and supply new, ground breaking products that enable our resellers to differentiate themselves by introducing inventive solutions to their customers. Our ability to deliver, configure and co-operate throughout the whole sales cycle along with pre and post sales technical support, enables a high value contribution towards winning business with our customers, the reseller. 

For additional information about I DS, please visihttps://www.ids-g.com/ 






In winning this important network expansion project, Smartoptics demonstrates continued success in commercializing PAM4 technology, our unique, automated open line systemas new foundation for 100Gb/s Data Centre Interconnectivity.
Magnus Grenfeldt, CEO, Smartoptics
The Smartoptics DCP-M40 represents a step-change in the ability to deliver high-capacity networks over metro distances for our customers.
Iain Ashley, CTO, IDS
We are now able to easily scale service flexibility and capacity just by adding new transceivers to our switches. The line system automation handles everything else, no complex provision needed.
Joe Wooller, Technical Manager, IX Australia