Hetzner Online has deployed its FSP 3000 CloudConnect with QuadFlex technology – “to meet soaring data demand from private customers and enterprise clients.” Hetzner Online is using this data center interconnect (DCI) solution to boost the capacity of its national backbone network to 400Gbit/s and beyond.

The upgrade to Hetzner Online’s legacy infrastructure involved the deployment of pairs of 200Gbit/s connections operating at 16QAM. These dual wavelengths create 400Gbit/s links between hosting and colocation facilities in Frankfurt and Nuremberg as well as the company’s data center park in Falkenstein and other key sites. Installation was carried out by ADVA’s Elite partner Axians.

“We’re seeing fierce data growth from private and business customers across the country,” said Martin Fritzsche, head of network engineering, Hetzner Online. “Deploying 400Gbit/s technology in our transport network is a major part of our response. The ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect platform, with its low power consumption, high density, and flexibility, enables us to provide more in terms of both capacity and value. We believe in harnessing cutting-edge innovation. That’s a key part of our strategy as we strive to give our customers flexible, high-quality services at the most attractive possible prices. ADVA Optical Networking’s DCI equipment empowers us to handle huge increases in traffic volume while also making savings on rack space and power consumption. That’s good news for customers and the environment.”

‘Multi-Terabit Traffic’

Utilizing the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect and its QuadFlex technology, the new infrastructure is now transporting 400Gbit/s data loads over distances stretching to 250km without the need for signal regeneration. To achieve this channel capacity, the network is configured with two 200Gbit/s wavelengths operating at 16QAM modulation within an optical super-channel. Multiple 400Gbit/s cards are also being run in parallel for even greater speeds. Designed for scalability and bandwidth optimization, the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect platform would offer high efficiency. It would deliver huge energy savings and, with its small footprint, occupy little rack space.

The solution also uses DP-QPSK modulation to enable legacy 100Gbit/s wavelengths to operate “flawlessly” alongside the new 400Gbit/s streams. This would protect Hetzner Online’s investments and enable a smooth migration to ultra-high capacity.

“Hetzner Online’s new transport network doesn’t just exceed expectations today, but will continue to do so in the future,” said Josef Sißmeir, director, sales, Central Europe, ADVA. “The inherent scale of our FSP 3000 CloudConnect technology ensures that they can plan for further expansion as soon as their customers require it. Hetzner Online is fiercely ambitious about providing the highest quality hosting products at the most competitive prices. It’s no surprise to see it leading the way as the first cloud company in Germany to leverage our FSP 3000 CloudConnect. Hetzner Online‘s drive to deliver excellence and value is something our teams have in common, and we’re proud to be building a network that can continue to grow as they do. I anticipate we’ll be helping Hetzner Online to transmit multi-terabit traffic in the very near future.”