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Ekinops 360 Optical Equipment Maximizes Return on Investment for a New U.S. Midwest Fiber Route

by david.nunes

Ekinops 360 Optical Equipment Maximizes

Return on Investment for a New U.S. Midwest Fiber Route

PARIS, February 24, 2011 – Ekinops, a leading designer and supplier of next generation optical equipment, was chosen by Vaultas, LLC, a Midwestern data center and broadband access services provider, to install optical networking equipment for Vaultas’ new Midwest fiber route. By using Ekinop’s technology, Vaultas was able to maximize its network capacity and return on investment which made new service expansion possible.

Vaultas, LLC, headquartered in Alexandria, Minnesota, U.S.A., develops, owns, and manages highly advanced and secure data centers. It completed its installation of the Ekinops 360 DWDM (dense wave division multiplexing) system in February 2010, which accelerated its return on investment over the originally projected 18 months.

The Ekinops 360 delivers DWDM and CWDM (coarse WDM) on a single platform that fills the needs of metro, regional, and long-haul transport. Based on the innovative and programmable T-Chip®, Transport-on-a-Chip technology, the Ekinops 360 enables vastly increased transport capacity, highly efficient service aggregation, and market-leading economies of scale.

With the goal of providing cost effective access for Vaultas data centers to the largest “carrier hotel” in the upper Midwest, the company faced the challenge of how to effectively utilize the very limited fiber in a costly 275-mile fiber route between Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Fargo, North Dakota. In order for this to be cost-effective, Vaultas needed a solution that could provide large scalable connectivity and minimize capital costs by eliminating regeneration sites and minimizing amplifier needs. Vaultas plans to locate multiple data centers along the fiber route, and therefore needed as much transport capacity as possible from the existing fiber.

As the company looked for ways to take advantage of the limited fiber capacity, Vaultas weighed several options before deciding to deploy the Ekinops 360. As John Unger, CEO of Vaultas, explained, “It turned out to be an easy decision for us. Ekinops provided the best value for our network dollar. The system was installed and commissioned exactly as planned with no issues or need for rework, and Ekinops provided excellent follow-up and support throughout the sales and installation processes.”

In addition to its planned data centers, Vaultas intended to deliver broadband access to communities along the fiber route. Monticello, Minnesota, is one such community, where Vaultas now provides transport for the city itself and the city-owned fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. Vaultas wanted to eliminate the need for optical signal regeneration along the route, and the Ekinops equipment was an ideal solution. The Ekinops 360 can transmit signals up to hundreds of kilometers without the need for in-line amplification and thousands of kilometers without the need for regeneration.

“The ROI on this network was estimated at 18 months,” Unger noted. ”By using the cost-effective Ekinops equipment, we were able to add millions of dollars in new revenue to this project.”

“Our T-Chip Technology has once again proven its effectiveness in helping customers deploy transport capability cost-effectively,” said Rob Adams, Vice President of Global Marketing for Ekinops. “With the T-Chip, we can provide industry-leading capability ahead of our competition allowing our customers to achieve quick ROI and stay ahead of their competition.”

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise customers. The Ekinops 360 Dynamic, Multi-Reach Transport System provides DWDM and CWDM on a single platform that addresses Metro, Regional, and Long Haul applications. The Ekinops 360 system relies on the innovative, programmable Ekinops T-Chip® (Transport-on-a-Chip technology) that enables fast, flexible and cost-effective service delivery for building high speed optical networks. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system, operators can increase transport capacity of their networks – CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet, ESCON, Fibre Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI) – through the industry’s most efficient aggregation of services. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with offices in Europe, the USA and Asia. For more information, visit Ekinops at www.ekinops.net.

About Vaultas, LLC

Vaultas is a developer, builder and operator of collaborative vendor neutral data center and BC-DR technology recovery complexes. The company was formed in 2009 by John A. Unger to bring a select number of well-matched partners/investors/ participants together to develop and build in Minnesota and the upper midwest many truly collaborative and vendor neutral data center and BC-DR complexes to support the fast growing data storage and disaster recovery needs of every business today. The ability to recover quickly from any disaster is paramount to the longevity on any business.

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