OVH Selects Infinera for Expansion

(Ping! Zine) – Infinera /quotes/comstock/15*!infn/quotes/nls/infn (INFN 10.35, +0.38, +3.81%) has announced that OVH, France’s largest web hosting company, has selected Infinera’s unique digital architecture for its pan-European network. OVH has deployed an Infinera Digital Optical Network to offer high-speed connections with reliability, flexibility, and intelligent management throughout its network.

Based in Roubaix in northern France, OVH is a leader in telecom and Internet services. According to data from analyst firm Netcraft, OVH ranks first in Internet hosting in France with 400,000 customers and is the second largest web hosting company in Europe. After an initial deployment of an Infinera network and another optical vendor’s network between Paris and Roubaix in 2006, OVH has decided to go forward with Infinera as its provider of optical networks. OVH is using Infinera to connect its peering points in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Brussels, and Frankfurt. For a graphical representation of the traffic on the OVH network, see OVH is now planning a further major expansion into the U.S. market.

OVH chose Infinera’s solution for its widely recognized ease of operation and network management, including a powerful GMPLS control plane for enabling intelligent, automated network discovery, service provisioning, and service recovery. Infinera’s solution enables OVH to deploy a scalable, highly flexible and highly resilient optical infrastructure for its core business, and easily manage its lifecycle with Infinera’s end-to-end network management solution, Infinera Management Suite (IMS).

“Initially, we were attracted by the ease of installation and the speed of installation of the Infinera network,” commented Octave Klaba, founder and president of OVH. “Later on, we appreciated the flexibility of the Infinera network, its reliability, and the speed with which we could add capacity to the network.

“For us, these Infinera features deliver clear benefits to our business,” Klaba explained. “Our customers want us to guarantee network quality, low latency and quick access to their websites, and we get that with our Infinera backbone. These features are critical in several customer segments, including, for example, online gaming. We have had no major incident on our network in four years of working with Infinera and we therefore have confidence in their technology as the platform for our entire network.”

OVH’s aim is to deploy its network as close as possible to its customers so as to maintain the shortest link between its servers and the end-user. OVH has designed its network with a high-availability architecture, and Infinera’s GMPLS capability supports that architecture with re-routing of traffic in case of network issues to guarantee network reliability and uptime. OVH is planning to open two new data centers by the first half of next year, including one in Strasbourg in eastern France to provide connections to eastern Europe, and one in either the south of France or Spain to provide connectivity to customers in southern Europe. Today OVH operates 80,000 servers, with plans to increase that to 100,000 by the first half of next year.

“OVH is a highly entrepreneurial, technological innovator playing a leading role in making Internet services more accessible to millions of people, and we are delighted to support them with a pan-European Infinera network,” said Infinera CEO Tom Fallon.

Powered by Infinera’s large-scale photonic integrated circuits, the Infinera DTN combines high-capacity DWDM transport, integrated digital bandwidth management, and GMPLS-powered service intelligence in a single platform.