SOURCE: Infinera

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April 28, 2010 12:25 ET

ESnet Selects Infinera for Advanced Network Testbed

Intelligent, On-Demand Services via Optical VPNs

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - April 28, 2010) -  ESnet has selected the Infinera (NASDAQ: INFN) DTN for a network testbed to develop next-generation networking technologies to support future bandwidth needs. This testbed, funded by a $62 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), is part of a program to develop networking technologies to support scientific research into key areas of national interest, including climate change and particle physics.

ESnet chose an Infinera network for the advanced capabilities of Infinera's GMPLS-powered IQ™ network operating system. ESnet plans to use the Infinera network to offer optical virtual private networks (OVPNs) for use by scientific researchers in the academic world and government research institutes. Further details are available at the Lawrence Berkeley Labs/ESnet website at http://www.lbl.gov/cs/Archive/news042610.html. OVPNs will be designed to enable ESnet users to manage their own virtual private network securely over the shared Infinera infrastructure. In addition, the network will be designed to enable OVPN users to dynamically provision circuits on the network on demand, when and where they need them, providing users with greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness.

VPNs Migrating Down the Stack
The flexibility of virtual private networks has traditionally been deployed on Layer 2 or Layer 3 networks. The integration of bandwidth management and transport into the Infinera DTN, the first optical system to integrate these functions, makes VPN capabilities available at the optical layer. VPNs enable network users to manage their own dedicated network with greater security and control than in the traditional model where they are dependent on the network operator for changes to the network.

"We are excited to deploy the Infinera system with its advanced capabilities," said ESnet Head Steve Cotter. "The implementation of optical VPNs will allow our researchers to develop new protocols to dynamically provision circuits at the most cost-effective layer in the network, helping us and them deal with large and growing volumes of data more cost-effectively."

"ESnet is playing a leading role in leveraging some of the leading-edge capabilities of Infinera's Digital Optical Networks, and we are delighted to support them in this innovative application," said Infinera Chief Technology Officer Drew Perkins. "The pioneering work ESnet is doing now will have an impact on network implementations in the research and commercial world in the years to come."

ESnet is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research.

About ESnet
ESnet www.es.net is a high speed network serving thousands of DOE scientists and collaborators worldwide, funded by the DOE Office of Science to support the agency's mission to further energy and climate research. Managed and operated by the ESnet staff at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, ESnet provides high bandwidth network connections to all major DOE sites, and via comprehensive connections to the world's research and education networks, to essentially all U.S. and international R&E institutions. As such, ESnet is one of the most widely based and successful cooperative research efforts within the U.S. federal government. ESnet is comprised of two networks, an IP network to carry daily traffic to support lab operations, general science communication, and science with relatively small data requirements, and a circuit-oriented Science Data Network to transfer massive data sets and enable scientific collaborations. ESnet was a recipient of an Excellence.Gov award from the Industry Advisory Council for its achievements in leveraging technology, as well as being named one of Informationweek's Top 10 Government Innovators in 2009. For additional information, please visit www.es.net

About Infinera
Infinera provides Digital Optical Networking systems to telecommunications carriers worldwide. Infinera's systems are unique in their use of a breakthrough semiconductor technology: the photonic integrated circuit (PIC). Infinera's systems and PIC technology are designed to provide customers with simpler and more flexible engineering and operations, faster time-to-service, 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 certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to Infinera as of the date hereof; and actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Infinera's expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future, including that OVPNs will be designed to enable ESnet users to manage their own virtual private network securely over the shared Infinera infrastructure; that, the network will be designed to enable OVPN users to dynamically provision circuits on the network on demand, when and where they need them, providing users with greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness; and that the integration of bandwidth management and transport into the Infinera DTN is the first optical system to integrate these functions, makes VPN capabilities available at the optical layer. Such forward-looking statements can be identified by forward-looking words such as "anticipated," "believed," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "should," "will," and "would" or similar words. The risks and uncertainties that could cause our results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include aggressive business tactics by our competitors, our dependence on a single product, our ability to protect our intellectual property, claims by others that we infringe their intellectual property, and our ability to respond to rapid technological changes, and other risks that may impact any of the group's business are set forth in their annual reports on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 1, 2010, as well as subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. These statements are based on information available to us as of the date hereof and we disclaim any obligation to update the forward-looking statements included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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