Showing posts with label ECI. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

ECI delivers its Universal CPE solution

ECI, a global provider of Elastic Network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures and data centre operators, began shipping a new line of "Mercury" uCPE (universal customer premises equipment) -- the first member of a new family of products enabling virtualization across CPE and the service provider’s PoP.

The Mercury uCPE  delivers on-demand virtualized business services by streamlining multiple customer premises networking functions into a single software-configurable appliance.  Network functions can then be delivered virtually (VNFs) via centralized management and orchestration (MANO).

ECI said it developed its solution with the goal of reducing operational complexities and lowering both CapEx and OpEx for service providers. ECI’s Mercury uCPE supports self-installation. Users are able to control the service directly via a self-service portal. Service providers can allow their business customers to select and combine best-of-breed VNFs from a library of ECI or certified third-party VNFs, supporting internet access, VPN services, voice services, cyber security (such as universal threat management), WAN optimization, LAN monitoring, storage services, etc.

  • In July, ECI announced the launch of its Hybrid Virtualization Platform, designed to support multiple NFV-based use cases to help communication service providers simplify operations, reduce opex and enhance SLAs. By supporting delay-sensitive services and enabling improved security and termination of flows at the network edge, the new ECI platform is designed to support a variety of applications including modernised business services, as well as future Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G services. The platform features ECI's vE-CPE family, which is set to provide virtualisation across customer premises (uCPE) and service provider Edge PoP (MEC). The Hybrid Virtualization Platform comprises the Mercury NFVI platform, open source NFV management and orchestration (MANO), which runs ECI's carrier-grade PaaS system, and a suite of virtualised network functions (VNFs) that includes edge routing, session border control, WAN optimisation, LAN monitoring and caching functions.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

ECI's Apollo OPT9904X extends OTN/packet switching to network edge

ECI, launched of its Apollo OPT9904X  for extending the benefits of OTN switching to metro networks that often have fluctuating, variable demand.

ECI said its new platform enables metro optical networks to deploy OTN switching exactly where, when, and in the amount required to enjoy improved efficiency and flexibility.

The OPT9904X is a part of ECI’s OTN switching line, designed to meet the unique switching requirements of metro networks. The OPT9904X offers a unique expandable OTN interface and switching block that
can be deployed on an as-needed basis. This “fabric-less” design enables smooth switching capacity expansion in 200Gbps increments up to 800Gbps per shelf, scaling up to 1.6Tbps in the future, making
the OPT9904X the most elastic and cost-effective overall solution for OTN in the metro.

The OPT9904X also integrates packet services, generating savings by aggregating L2 traffic and reducing the number of costly router ports.

“OTN switching can greatly improve the overall efficiency of optical networks, which can be challenging in metro networks with varying demand where planning the location and size of OTN networking equipment becomes difficult,” said Jimmy Mizrahi, Head of Global Portfolio at ECI. “The Apollo OPT9904X is our OTN switching option designed specifically to meet these needs, and we’ve already had our first orders. It joins our bigger 9914 and 9932 platforms to offer scalable OTN switching capacity where and when it is needed in a network, end-to-end from metro access to core.”

http://www.ecitele.com/media/2104/apollo-9904x-release-sept-6-2017.pdf

Friday, July 28, 2017

ECI launches Hybrid Virtualization Platform for the edge

ECI, a global provider of Elastic Network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructures and data centre, announced the launch of its Hybrid Virtualization Platform, designed to support multiple NFV-based use cases to help communication service providers simplify operations, reduce opex and enhance SLAs.

By supporting delay-sensitive services and enabling improved security and termination of flows at the network edge, the new ECI platform is designed to support a variety of applications including modernised business services, as well as future Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G services. The platform features ECI's vE-CPE family, which is set to provide virtualisation across customer premises (uCPE) and service provider Edge PoP (MEC).

ECI noted that modern networks feature a complex array of customised hardware, making it potentially costly for service providers to maintain. In addition, launching new services may require significant investments in planning and provisioning hardware and infrastructure. The adoption of virtualised infrastructure, where key network functions run as software (VNFs) on commercial computing platforms, addresses these issues.

The Hybrid Virtualization Platform comprises the Mercury NFVI platform, open source NFV management and orchestration (MANO), which runs ECI's carrier-grade PaaS system, and a suite of virtualised network functions (VNFs) that includes edge routing, session border control, WAN optimisation, LAN monitoring and caching functions.

ECI's new hybrid solution is designed to offer service providers the following capabilities:

1.         Flexibility via support for application delivery on fixed, mobile and converged networks, with ability to evolve to address the future needs of IoT and 5G backhaul.

2.         Agility, with the ability to mix and match multiple functions on the same platform to create new service packages delivered in pay-as-you-grow models.

3.         Faster time to market via the Mercury NFVI solution that allows remote service life cycle management, from provisioning to turn up.

4.         Reduced opex by streamlining service creation using software-driven processes.


ECI's Mercury platform is designed for fixed, mobile and converged networks, and alleviates the demands on the network core by increasing the capabilities and intelligence of MEC (Mobile Edge Computing) to the customer premise via uCPE or to the eNodeB. The Mercury NFVi platform is available as both a stand-alone appliance and as a blade that can be integrated into ECI's Neptune packet-optical transport system.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

ECI Cites Multiple Deployments of 400G Apollo Systems

ECI announced the continued deployment of its 400 Gbit/s solution to enable faster connectivity and meet growing bandwidth demand, with projects at key customers across Europe that have upgraded their networks using ECI's Apollo family of optical products with integrated 400 Gbit/s flex-grid blade.

ECI's Apollo platform is designed to enable service providers to meet current and future demand. The platform combines high-capacity, low-latency OTN transport and switching with software configurable, colourless, directionless and gridless optical routing, for enhanced efficiency. Equipped with the 400 Gbit/s blade, the solution allows for the flexible allocation of transmission rate and spectrum in accordance with service type, preference or distance.

In addition, the ability to configure a mix of rates on both client and line sides provides customers with improved efficiency and flexibility and reduced costs.

ECI cited companies that have recently implemented its 400 Gbit/s solution including:

  • The Dutch National Research and Education Network SURFnet, which established a 400 Gbit/s connection between Utrecht and Breda as part of an upgrade of its next generation network, SURFnet8. The link provides a direct connection, with high capacity to support the transfer of information between educational and research organisations at two major university cities.

  • German service provider NetCom BW, which already operates a major Apollo network, launched the 400 Gbit/s platform to provide a link between Stuttgart and Frankfurt, which will serve as the basis for a direct connection to Internet Exchange Frankfurt; the solution also allows for future growth via up to 88 parallel connections.

  • Romanian cable TV operator UPC, which has deployed the Apollo platform in its core ring that services the main cities in Romania such as Bucharest, Brasov, Cluj, Oradea and Timisoara. The Apollo 88 channel ring provides 400 Gbit/s connectivity with 100 Gbit/s service interface, replacing 10 Gbit/s interfaces.

  • German data centre operator New Telco, an ECI customer for nearly a decade, which deployed ECI's Apollo DWDM technology across the Frankfurt metro area to upgrade the existing 100 Gbit/s interfaces to 400 Gbit/s to provide higher port density and throughput.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ECI Apollo Selected for Lepida Regional Network in Italy

ECI, a global provider of Elastic Network solutions, announced that it has been selected to upgrade Lepida SpA's regional broadband network in northern Italy.

Lepida, based in Bologna, is a communications provider that was established in 2007 by the Emilia-Romagna regional government to design, implement and manage broadband infrastructures for the public administrations and public entities in the region.

ECI has been selected to provide a turnkey, end-to-end, 10/100/200 Gbit/s regional WDM network featuring 96 channel, tunable flex grid and high-capacity OTN cross-connect functionality in the main network PoPs, based on its Apollo packet-optical solution.

ECI noted that its solution met the technical requirements of Lepida's tailored approach, while the service provider will also be able to select from a range of pay-as-you grow options to expand network capacity and capabilities in the future.

ECI's Apollo platform provides transparent and flexible DWDM transport for a range of customer requirements. The platform combines low latency with software configurable, colourless, directionless and gridless optical routing, OTN switching and grooming and is designed to enable efficient and fully programmable networking.

In addition, ECI's planning tools and management platforms can provide Lepida with independence when planning and provisioning its network in the future. ECI also offer an evolution path across its platforms enabling customers to prepare for the transition to SDN technology.


Lepida operates a network linking local administrations in Emilia-Romagna that includes 2.700 km of infrastructure and 64,000 km of fibre with more than 720 points of access. The NGN network supports minimum 2 Gbit/s bandwidth at fibre points with backbone connectivity to MIX Milan, AmsIX Amsterdam, DECIX in  Frankfurt, LINX in London, FRANCEIX in Paris, LUCIX in Luxemburg, VSIX in Padoa, TOPIX in Turin and SIX in the U.S.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Media Commerce Deploys ECI for Optical Network in Colombia

ECI, the Elastic Network company, announced that in partnership with Media Commerce based in Bogota, the largest operator of optical network infrastructure in Colombia, it has completed the deployment of packet-optical metro and aggregation networks nationwide.

Media Commerce of Colombia, founded around ten years ago, has subsequently expanded through both the acquisition of local operations and building out networks for operators. The company also has a history of investing in the upgrade of its fibre infrastructure to improve coverage for business and private networks regionally.

The new Media Commerce infrastructure features a combination of ECI's Apollo (OPT) and Neptune (NPT) family of products, with management provided by the LightSOFT NMS solution.

ECI's Apollo suite is designed to provide transparent and flexible DWDM transport with integrated packet services. The platform combines low-latency OTN transport and OTN switching with software-configurable optical routing for enhanced efficiency. For the project with Media Commerce, a combination of the Apollo 9603 and 9608 solutions provides the foundation for the optical backbone.

The Neptune family of products, supporting packet transport with integrated optics, will provide transport in the metro rings. Neptune offers a MPLS-based, multi-service packet transport solution for metro networks, and via a range of interfaces is designed to enable cost-optimised, multi-service packet transport of both packet and TDM-based services over a converged packet infrastructure.

http://www.ecitele.com/media/1987/media-commerce-pr-april-19-2017-final.pdf

Thursday, April 6, 2017

ECI selects Microsemi as Primary OTN Provider

Microsemi, a provider of semiconductor solutions, announced that ECI has appointed the company as its primary OTN solutions provider, and recently selected the DIGI-G4 fourth generation products for its Apollo family of packet optical transport platforms.

Microsemi's DIGI OTN processors are designed to enable ECI to leverage a single software development model to address diverse end market hardware configurations, helping to reduce R&D costs and speed product development.

Microsemi noted that despite the rapid adoption of packet services, client services are often at rates of 10 Gbit/s and below, requiring OTN switching to make the wide deployment of 100 Gbit/s optical connectivity cost-effective. In addition, cloud service providers require high capacity, low latency connectivity between geographically distributed data centres. ECI's Apollo solution uses Microsemi's DIGI OTN processors to address these challenges and meet a range of market requirements.

The DIGI offering enables ECI to deliver solutions including: high-density 100/400 Gbit/s capacity client and line-side cards for P-OTPs; multi-terabit OTN and packet/MPLS switching platforms; fabric-less switching platforms for metro networks; 100 Gbit/s transponders and muxponders; and wavelength and sub-wavelength level encryption solutions.

Microsemi's DIGI family of OTN processors have been implemented in service provider and hyperscale data centre WANs worldwide, with the DIGI-G4 designed to address the needs of 400 Gbit/s designs while consuming a claimed 50% of the power per 100 Gbit/s port of other solutions. DIGI-G4 can also support encrypted 100 Gbit/s OTN connections for a new generation of software-defined networking (SDN)-ready solutions.

The Microsemi OTN processors also provide the capacity, security and flexibility required for line cards within packet optical transport platforms (P-OTPs), ROADM/WDM and data centre interconnect (DCI) platforms. Combined with a field-hardened SDK, the integrated DIGI solution provides a common hardware and software platform for multi-terabit OTN packet optical equipment.

Microsemi claims that the common software architecture for DIGI OTN processors allows OEMs to reduce the development cost for multiple 100 and 400 Gbit/s hardware platforms by over 25%.

Further key features of the DIGI-G4 solution include: single-chip 4 x 100 Gbit/s solution for OTN switched line cards; 100 Gbit/s gearbox for connection to CFP2/4 and QSFP28 transceivers; high density 10/40/100 Gbit/s multi-service support, including Ethernet, IP/MPLS and SONET/SDH; 25 Gbit/s granularity framer to DSP interface enabling line rates to match programmable modulation capabilities in coherent DSPs; multi-chip Interlaken interconnect for compact chassis DCI applications; OTN-SDK with adapter layer software.

https://www.microsemi.com/\

Friday, March 10, 2017

ECI introduces Layer 1 optical encryption as-a-service solution supporting 200 Gbit/s

ECI, a global provider of Elastic Network solutions for service providers, critical infrastructure and data centre operators, has announced the introduction of its first optical encryption as-a-service solution, which supports per-service encryption at rates up to 100 Gbit/s and line rates of up to 200 Gbit/s.

The new ECI optical encryption service is designed to meet interoperability, scalability and flexibility requirements and targets service providers, the financial sector, medical and government institutions. The company noted that optical encryption provides no information about underlying services to a potential hacker, introduces minimal latency and can be used to encrypt any type of service.

ECI's solution offers encryption on a per-service basis at up to 200 Gbit/s, which is claimed to make it one of the fastest encryption solutions available. The solution also enables service providers and other institutions to offer Layer 1 encryption as-a-service. The new offering expands ECI's security portfolio for service providers that was launched earlier in 2017.

ECI noted that its encryption method is certified FIPS 140-2 Security Level 2. Additionally, the Layer 1 encryption can be delivered as an alien lambda over other optical networks, thereby providing a more flexible and economical solution.

In February, ECI announced enhancements to its LightSEC cyber security solution that enable service providers to utilise their infrastructure to deliver managed security services to customers, in addition to consolidating their security and connectivity operations. The NFV-based cybersecurity suite LightSEC, featuring technology from partner Check Point Software Technologies, was launched in 2014.

Also in February this year, ECI introduced LightCARE, a proactive network maintenance app, to its LightAPPS family of applications. LightCARE continuously and proactively monitors the health of the network and is designed to pre-empt potential failures and ensure network reliability.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mellanox and ECI partner to deliver virtual CPE platform for NFV

Mellanox Technologies, a supplier of interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, and 'elastic networking' company ECI have announced the introduction of an advanced virtual CPE (vCPE) platform at the Mobile World Congress 2017.

The joint platform is designed to provide enhanced performance and efficiency and enable service providers to cost-effectively implement network function virtualisation (NFV) deployments. The solution is based on ECI's Mercury NFVi platform and uCPE solution, accelerated by Mellanox's Indigo network processor delivering over 400 Gbit/s of L2-7 packet processing. Compared to un-accelerated platforms, the ECI-Mellanox solution is claimed to deliver more than a 30x performance improvement for virtual router, L4-7 firewall and L7 QoS applications.

The ECI Mercury NFVi platform and uCPE technology converge multiple customer premises networking functions onto an elastic, software-configurable platform, with the uCPE solution enabling service providers to combine networking functions flexibly to create new value-added service mixes.

In addition, the advanced network processing capabilities of Mellanox Indigo constitute an integral part of the NFV Infrastructure to enhance the performance of virtualised network functions, particularly those requiring guaranteed throughput, packet rate, latency and jitter for SLAs.

The companies noted that compared to conventional platforms, the joint ECI-Mellanox solution can enable flexible service creation more cost-effectively together with enhanced infrastructure efficiency and in a more compact footprint.

Separately, Mellanox unveiled the IDG4400 6WIND Network Routing and IPsec platform based on the combination of Indigo and 6WIND's 6WINDGate packet processing software, which includes routing and security features such as IPsec VPNs. The IDG4400 6WIND 1 U platform supports 10/40/100 Gigabit Ethernet connectivity and can deliver sustained rates of up to 180 Gbit/s encryption/decryption while providing IPv4/v6 routing functions at rates up to 400 Gbit/s.

http://www.mellanox.com

Thursday, August 27, 2015

ECI Supplies SDN App to Swedish Govt Agency

Trafikverket, the Swedish Transport Agenby, has selected ECI's LightAPPS SDN applications to automate and optimize its network operations. The deployment includes two SDN apps: LightINSIGHT and LightTIME.

LightINSIGHT offers in-depth insights into network resources and their utilization. The APP provides a 360 degree view of the network inventory, utilization trends, network health, as well as the status of new service penetration. LightINSIGHT's management dashboard significantly improves visibility of network resources and customer SLAs by tracking KPIs.

LightTIME enables customers to schedule services in advance. Via an intuitive GUI, service providers are able to book network resources in advance and know that the allocation will commence as planned. LightTIME also intelligently reduces network bottlenecks and shortens new service introduction.

Trafikverket is the government agency responsible for the long-term planning of the transport system in the country. Trafikverket is also in charge of the state road network and national railway network.

"Trafikverket had very clear goals in mind when selecting LightAPPS. In order to optimize our current network resources, we

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

ECI Announces ElastiCLOUD DCI Solution

ECI announced its ElastiCLOUD data center interconnect solution.

The company said its platform will support more than 25T on a single fiber, offer low power consumption at less than 85W/100G,  and offer a mix of packet and optical interfaces in the same platform with extremely high density. ElastiCLOUD also support ECI’s LightApps SDN applications for dynamic bandwidth allocation, service scheduling and network automation.

“Data traffic continues to grow exponentially. In fact, according to industry reports, the amount of data traveling between data centers is expected to quadruple between 2013 and 2018. Clearly the cloud connectivity infrastructure, as we know it today, must evolve.  This is the main reason why ElastiCLOUD is a key addition to the ECI family of solutions. It is also extremely important as it supports ECI’s current focus on the US market, which is home to many cloud service providers and data center operators,” said Mr. Andreas Hegers, Head of Marketing at ECI.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Tera Santa Consortium Demos 1 Tbps with ECI, Finisar, Technion

ECI Telecom, Finisar, MultiPhy, and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology have successfully demonstrated 1Tb/s transceiver transmission with the Tera Santa Consortium.

In the trial, the consortium transported non-regenerated 1Tb/s coherent super channel signal through the German Research Network - Deutsches Forschungsnetz e.V. (DFN-Verein) optical network. The trial, which took place at the Technische Universität Dresden, ran over DFN’s live X-WiN network, and used the 1Tb/s transceiver developed by the Tera Santa Consortium, as part of its research on 1Tb/s adaptive coherent channel behavior. It demonstrates the advanced capabilities of the Tera Santa 1T transmission system and technologies in compensating for channel impairments and chromatic dispersion utilizing advanced QAM16 and OFDM modulations and algorithms.

The Tera Santa Consortium was established in 2011 as an initiative of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office in the Ministry of Economy, through the Magnet Program which promotes cutting-edge technologies for the future. The Tera Santa Consortium brought together Israeli technology companies and universities to develop the world’s first Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based optical transceiver. The members of the consortium are ECI Telecom, Finisar Corporation, MultiPhy, Cello, Civcom, Bezeq International, the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Ben-Gurion University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Bar-Ilan University and Tel-Aviv University.

For the trial, ECI deployed its Apollo family of packet-optical transport solution across DFN’s X-WiN’s network in 2012, and has since upgraded it to support the delivery of 100G services

Finisar demonstrated the software-defined 1 Terabit optical transceiver, which hosted the different algorithms developed by the consortium, in an end-to-end transceiver platform utilizing Finisar Flexgrid™ - WSS used to add/drop the 200GHz super channel signal. The OFDM algorithms were developed by both MultiPhy (128 OFDM carriers) and the Technion (1024 OFDM carriers), using two different implementation approaches.
"ECI and our technology partners Finisar, MultiPhy and the Technion, members of the Tera-Santa consortium, demonstrated the power of 1-terabit optical link coherent technology. With such high transmission rates, DFN can exponentially increase its network capacity and provide its users better and more cost effective services," stated Shai Stein, CTO, ECI Telecom and Consortium Chairman.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Swiss Research Net Picks ECI for MultiLayer Transport

SWITCH, the non-profit organization providing backbone services to Swiss universities’ networks, has selected ECI to deploy a next-generation optical network based on its Apollo family of Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) platforms.  The network will offer both 10G and 100G connectivity to universities and educational institutes in the country.

ECI will deploy a multi-degree colorless and directionless ROADM WDM network, with 88 channels supporting 10G/100G customized services.

"With the new ECI Apollo transport system running on a substantially extended core backbone, SWITCHlan will be in a comfortable position to quickly provide Terabits of capacity between its backbone nodes all over the country. The Apollo system’s inherent optical switching capability allows to easily reroute our traffic streams in case of damage to a backbone fiber. We are particularly pleased to see how well the new system is able to coexist with local links sharing the fibers – using an unusual but simple setup of versatile, passive optics along the existing backbone fiber routes," stated Felix Kugler, Network engineer, SWITCH.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ECI Transmits 100G over Bezeq's 4,600Km Submarine Cable


ECI Telecom successfully transported non-regenerated 100G traffic using its Apollo OMLT platform.  The test traveled over the the Jonah international submarine cable, owned by Bezeq International, over a total distance of 4,600 km, from Tel Aviv to Bari, Italy and back.

The 100G trial was carried out over Bezeq International’s live operational submarine fiber, in conjunction with the Tera Santa Consortium, as part of its research on long-distance adaptive coherent channel behavior. This trial demonstrated the advanced capabilities of ECI 100G transmission system and technologies in compensating for non-linear channel impairments and chromatic dispersion utilizing advanced SD-FEC algorithms.

The Optimized Multi-Layer Transport (OMLT) architecture is ECI’s vision for your next-generation packet-optical transport network, with flexible convergence from metro access to core. The Apollo OMLT is optimized for next-generation optics, and it brings transparent aggregation and transport of services over 10G to 100G WDM links.

"ECI once again demonstrated the powerful performance of our innovative coherent technology with SD-FEC algorithms by transmitting 100G link over Bezeq International's submarine cable for 4,600Km with no regeneration. The 100G channels from the Apollo OMLT allow submarine cable operators to increase significantly the network capacity over expensive links with minimal network adjustment. ECI already deployed and trialed 100G solutions in various customer networks and now we also displayed our capability over submarine cables."

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