Infinera Unveils FastSMP(TM) - Next Generation Multi-Failure Network Protection Solution

Infinera Unveils FastSMP(TM) - Next Generation Multi-Failure Network Protection 
Solution 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 --  Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN)
announced today FastSMP(TM), a next generation network protection
solution designed for Infinera's DTN-X platform offering service
providers increased network resiliency with protection against
multiple failures while simultaneously lowering the total cost of
ownership.  
With FastSMP(TM), Infinera is delivering the industry's only
hardware-based Shared Mesh Protection (SMP) solution based on the
FastSMP(TM) processor, a hardware acceleration chip that enables
recovery from multiple-failures in less than 50 milliseconds (ms).
This hardware chip is pre-installed on the DTN-X and can be enabled
via a simple software upgrade ensuring complete investment protection
for customers building their networks with the DTN-X. Infinera has
shipped more than 2,000 100G ports to date and every port shipped is
ready to be upgraded to FastSMP(TM).  
"Current approaches to network resiliency are inadequate to meet the
rapidly evolving network performance and cost requirements of service
providers," said Michael Kennedy, Principal Analyst at ACG Research.
"SMP utilizes the best attributes of 1+1 protection and MPLS FRR for
operators to offer a range of new services with multi-tiered
protection levels. We found up to 33% lower total cost of ownership
for SMP as compared with 1+1 protection." 
Infinera FastSMP(TM) delivers key benefits to service providers and
their customers:  


 
--  Deterministic Protection: providing recovery for multiple failures
    within 50ms versus software-based Shared Mesh Restoration which can
    take multiple seconds to recover.
--  Enhanced Availability: 1+1 can only protect against a single failure.
    FastSMP(TM) leverages intelligent GMPLS control to provide multiple
    backups with continuous real-time path re-computation ensuring better
    survivability for every protected service.
--  Cost-effective Deployment: in contrast to 1+1 protection it allows for
    sharing of backup resources with priority pre-emption to lower overall
    capex and opex costs.

  
With FastSMP(TM) network operators can offer sub 50ms protected
services like 1+1 protection but with higher availability and reduced
costs. Since it utilizes the digital transport layer it provides
better network economics than packet-based solutions and recovers
from local as well as remote failures across thousands of nodes
within 50ms offering better protection than MPLS Fast Re-Route in
many scenarios.  
"Pacnet's unique position is its ability to offer true long haul
submarine mesh architecture on its core network within the APAC
region," said Andy Lumsden, Pacnet Chief Technology Officer. "Our
selection of the DTN-X has provided new levels of scale for our
network allowing us to accommodate customer traffic and deliver high
capacity services faster than our competitors. The combination of the
Infinera DTN-X platform and its hardware-accelerated FastSMP(TM)
approach will provide Pacnet with a combination of resiliency,
capacity and flexibility needed to meet the highest demands of our
customers." 
"Infinera is committed to being the leader in transport networking
innovation," said Dave Welch, Co-founder, EVP, and Chief Strategy
Officer Infinera. "Infinera has revolutionized the industry with the
DTN-X delivering 500G super-channels based on large scale photonic
integrated circuits. Now Infinera FastSMP(TM) offers a solution that
offers a more resilient mesh network, protecting our customers'
services and lowering total network cost." 
FastSMP(TM) is based on the emerging industry standard Shared Mesh
Protection that allows transport networks to recover from multiple
local and network-wide failures without the need to dedicate backup
bandwidth for every active circuit. Infinera has filed patents for
its hardware-accelerated FastSMP(TM) and is expected to start
delivering multi-failure protection and restoration capabilities in
2013. For more information, visit www.infinera.com/go/fast.  
Infinera and Pacnet announced today the deployment of the Infinera
DTN-X across Pacnet's subsea network in Asia. 
About Infinera
 Infinera specializes in Digital Optical Networking
systems that are designed to continually improve the economics of
optical networking by combining the speed of optics with the
simplicity of digital. Infinera is unique in its use of breakthrough
semiconductor technology: Large Scale Photonic Integrated Circuit
(PIC). Infinera's systems leverage PIC technology to provide
customers with a service-ready architecture that enables faster
time-to-revenue and greater profitability through network efficiency
and the ability to rapidly deliver differentiated services without
reengineering their optical infrastructure. For more information,
please visit http://www.infinera.com/. 
This press release contains forward-looking statements including,
among other things, statements relating to Infinera product
capabilities, advantages, and the current and planned future
functionality including: that Infinera's FastSMP(TM), a next
generation network protection solution designed for the DTN-X
platform, offers service providers increased network resiliency with
protection against multiple failures while simultaneously lowering
the total cost of ownership; that with FastSMP(TM) Infinera is
delivering the industry's only hardware-based Shared Mesh Protection
(SMP) solution based on the FastSMP(TM) processor, a hardware
acceleration chip that enables recovery from multiple-failures in
less than 50 milliseconds (ms); that FastSMP(TM) leverages
intelligent GMPLS control to provide multiple backups with continuous
real-time path re-computation ensuring better survivability for every
protected service and allows for sharing of backup resources with
priority pre-emption to lower overall capex and opex costs; that with
FastSMP(TM) network operators can offer sub 50ms protected services
like 1+1 protection but with higher availability and reduced costs,
provides better network economics than packet-based solutions, and
recovers from local as well as remote failures across thousands of
nodes within 50ms offering better protection than MPLS Fast Re-Route
in many scenarios; that FastSMP(TM) is based on the emerging industry
standard Shared Mesh Protection that allows transport networks to
recover from multiple local and network-wide failures without the
need to dedicate backup bandwidth for every active circuit; and that
Infinera is expected to start delivering multi-failure protection and
restoration capabilities in 2013. These forward-looking statements
are based on our current expectations. Actual results may vary
materially from these expectations as a result of various risks and
uncertainties, including, but not limited to, aggressive business
tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product, our
reliance on single-source suppliers, and our ability to respond to
rapid technological changes. Further information about these risks
and uncertainties, and other risks and uncertainties that affect our
business, is contained in the risk factors section and other sections
of our annual report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission on March 5, 2013, as well subsequent reports
filed with or furnished to the SEC. These reports are available on
our website at www.infinera.com and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
Infinera assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to,
update any such forward-looking statements. 
For media and analysts: 
Media: 
Anna Vue
Tel. +1 (916) 595-8157
avue@infinera.com 
Investors:
Jenifer Kirtland
Tel. +1 (408) 543-8139
jkirtland@infinera.com