XKL’s DarkStar System Enhances West African Cable System – A Subsea Network Linking London to Cape Town
The interconnection of data centers has become increasingly important for bandwidth intensive entities including enterprises, education, government, and healthcare sectors. Connecting separate data centers allows organizations to transfer workloads between locations, share resources and enable more capabilities. Considering the record growth of internet traffic and the rise of cloud-based services, getting access to all of that data is a critical challenge for most organizations. As reported in a Research and Markets global forecast, the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market is expected to reach $6.41 Billion by 2023 between 2017 and 2023.
XKL, a provider of fiber optic networking systems, through its DarkStar transponder and mux/demux systems, provides a secure way for organizations to connect data center locations. The company announced that TENET, a research and education network based in South Africa, is leveraging the DarkStar system for interconnection of multi-tenant data centers which connect to subsea fiber managed by West African Cable System (WACS), a subsea cable network linking London to Cape Town.
“TENET was looking for a comprehensive data center interconnect solution that facilitates success-based expansion,” comments Dr. Chad Lamb, Chief Systems Architect for XKL. “Linking strategic data center locations is an increasing trend and XKL has a portfolio of products to support this use case. It’s hard to predict the growth level of traffic that will be needed between sites. The XKL solution provides future expansion capability without the costs typically seen with optical transport solutions.”
This solution allows TENET to easily scale its transport capacity as demand increases as well as provide optical path protection between locations in the event of a fiber break. TENET operates multiple peering and transit links across Europe and Africa, as well as UbuntuNet gateways under contract to the UbuntuNet Alliance. The provider also offers direct connections to GÉANT, the European research and education network.
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