Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Overture Intros New Switching/Aggregation Platform for CE2.0 and SDN


Overture introduced a new switching platform for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) Ethernet aggregation over any access method, it includes support for fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET/SDH, and TDM.

The new Overture 6500, which will be offered in several slot configurations, is designed for the company's new Ensemble Open Service Architecture for transforming the metro edge with software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization technology. Key applications include Ethernet aggregation for business and cloud services, macro cell and small cell mobile backhaul, metro inter-office infrastructure, or wholesale E-Access service presentation and termination.


Highlights of the Overture 6500 include:

  • CE2.0 Ethernet aggregation for any access method, including fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET/SDH, and TDM
  • Scalability supporting more than 3,000 subscriber services, leveraging centralized and distributed switching, and available in multiple chassis options
  • Multiple resiliency options that include card, power, device, network facility, and multi-site redundancy
  • Ready for future software-defined services and integration Overture’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture.

Overture said its new platform represents an entry point to software-defined services at the metro edge.  The goal it to transform static infrastructure into dynamic, virtualized, and automated environments for service creation and delivery. This would let service providers rapidly configure and activate customized connectivity offerings in step with enterprise demands while also simplifying the management of their own infrastructure.

The company is initially introducing 3-slot configuration of the high-availability chassis for performance-assured Ethernet over fiber access and wholesale Ethernet applications.
Larger versions and line card variants for access over other media types will follow.

http://www.overturenetworks.com/products/overture-6500

Earlier this month, Overture  unveiled its Ensemble Open Service Architecture for automating essential tasks in service creation, activation, and assurance at the metro edge.


Overture's Ensemble OSA will leverage open API standards, including OpenFlow.  It is comprised of three layers, each of which may include Overture developed components and those developed by service providers or third party vendors:
  • Resources – Elements that provide connect, compute, and storage functionality. They may consist of physical devices such as switches, servers and storage arrays, and/or software functions running on virtual machines.
  • Orchestration and Control – Software building block functions for data plane control, resource abstraction, and network management that provide the glue connecting the resources to the applications.
  • Network Applications – Software packages that leverage one or more of the Orchestration and Control building blocks and tie into a service provider’s back office systems and that of their business partners to create a service or network function.


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