Midco has tapped Infinera’s XTM Series as the optical platform to deliver 100G transport to support metro aggregation services and to interconnect its recently acquired data centers.
When Midco purchased Dataware in April, the deal came with two data centers located in Sioux Falls and Yankton, South Dakota -- giving Midco the infrastructure to deliver business-class data center and managed services across the Upper Midwest. The data centers accommodate customers that have Tier 2 or Tier 3 facility requirements; Midco plans to build data centers in other areas of its footprint.
Midco said the Infinera XTM Series enables Midco to support and backhaul traffic from business and residential customers in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin over its 8,400 fiber-mile network.
Having already upgraded its long-haul network with Infinera’s DTN-X platform, the deployment of the XTM Series in its metro network builds on the partnership Midco has with the West Coast optical vendor. Infinera’s XTM Series enables Midco to support metro Ethernet services and to connect its data centers with 10 Gbps, 100 Gbps and Fibre Channel transport services.
Another advantage of using the XTM Series for Midco is that it interoperates with the existing DTN-X network, enabling the service provider to manage its network with Infinera's Digital Network Administrator (DNA). Interestingly, Midco can also set an SDN path with Infinera’s Xceed Software Suite, which enables programmable SDN control.
Infinera’s XTM and DTN-X platforms will also come in handy to backhaul traffic going over Midco’s rapidly expanding fiber network. In July, the service provider completed the build out of a 106-mile, $5 million fiber network expansion from Williston to Bismarck and Minot, North Dakota. This network increases the number of business locations it can serve and ensures greater redundancy to prevent outages in the event of a fiber cut.
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