Equinix collaborates with Facebook to test packet-optical switches
As part of the Telecom Infra Project, technology deployed across Equinix data centres lays the groundwork for Facebook's packet-optical switches
Equinix has unveiled it is collaborating with Facebook and the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) to deploy and test the Facebook-designed packet-optical switches, known as Voyager, inside two of its International Business Exchange data centres.
As part of the TIP "Open Optical Packet Transport" project group, Equinix worked closely with Facebook to field-test this next-generation packet-optical networking technology. Voyager is the first step in Facebook and Equinix's journey of developing the next-generation network ecosystem for hardware and software. Equinix will continue to work with Facebook and other vendors to include TIP-based hardware and software in their architectures as they deploy inside Equinix and develop the TIP ecosystem.
Initial testing of the Voyager open packet-optical switch took place in Equinix's SV3 and SV8 IBX data centres in Silicon Valley. Voyager is a combination of compute, switch, router and DWDM transport technologies. Preliminary results showed zero packet loss and significant overall cost savings due to this disaggregated hardware and software networking model.
Ihab Tarazi, CTO, Equinix, said: "This emerging world of disaggregated optical networking will need a physical aggregation point where all the hardware and software can come together. With Equinix's rich history in network and cloud neutrality, it makes perfect sense that Equinix be the place where CSPs, NSPs and the TIP hardware and software vendors can join together to deploy next-generation networks. We are thrilled by the initial results of our tests and look forward to future collaboration and innovation with this exciting initiative."
Hans-Juergen Schmidtke, director of engineering, Facebook, said: "The Open Optical Packet Transport project group within TIP is developing technologies in an open community approach with the goal to drive better and broader connectivity globally. With Equinix's leadership and support, the Voyager ecosystem will serve as a first ever white box for switching, routing and DWDM in the Wide Area Networks to exemplify a new way of open collaboration and innovation and has been contributed to the TIP community."