INAP, a global IaaS hosting provider operating in 57 primarily Tier 3 data centers in 21 metropolitan markets with 98 network PoPs around the world, has selected Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) to support its multi-phase initiative to enhance INAP’s U.S. and international networks.

Ciena was selected to deliver a variety of platforms to improve INAP’s network services portfolio – to meet growing customer demand for faster connectivity while providing scalable bandwidth.

“We need to evolve as fast as our customers’ need for high bandwidth and market connectivity, and it was clear Ciena would enable us to do just that,” said Mary Jane Horne, Senior Vice President, INAP Global Network Services. “With Ciena’s WaveLogic technology, our data center networks will operate more efficiently, while delivering superior connectivity across our network, and personalizing the experience to our customers.”

During the first phase of the initiative, INAP’s new Global Network Services team re-engineered their existing U.S. infrastructure, while adding an express ‘core’ ring to augment capacity and increase connectivity.

New Packet-based Services

The INAP network upgrade agreement with Ciena includes delivery of the following solutions:

  • Ciena’s Coherent WaveLogic technology was selected to deliver high-capacity services across INAP’s network, and enable interconnectivity across, and between their top metro markets.
  • Ciena’s Waveserver platform will be deployed to provide additional capacity, programmability, power, and scalability.
  • Ciena’s 5170 service aggregation switch would allow INAP to automate the rapid deployment of new packet-based services.
  • INAP’s U.S. backbone will be controlled by Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control, and Plan (MCP) platform which provides software-defined programmability and would enable INAP to rapidly offer high-capacity Ethernet services between U.S. locations for the first time.