Sunday, March 16, 2008

ECI Telecom Unveils Carrier Ethernet 9000 Product Line

ECI Telecom unveiled its new Carrier Ethernet 9000 Family, encompassing Carrier Ethernet switch routers, aggregation switches and demarcation units for the metro core, metro access and customer premises. The platforms are designed to deliver high-densities of MEF-certified Ethernet & IP services, including E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, IP Multicast for IPTV delivery and IP VPNs.

For the metro core, a new SR9700 model will leverage the company's modular IP/MPLS "ShadeTree" software (originally developed by Laurel Networks) and feature an industry leading density of 1,200 Gigabit Ethernet ports (full-speed) per rack. ECI is powering the SR9700 with a custom-developed programmable ASIC capable of delivering fine-grained QoS, comprehensive OAM and wire-speed performance. The platform scales to 100 Gbps per slot. In addition to a mix of 10/100/GE/10GE interfaces, the platform supports TDM/CES using MPLS. It also offers direct interfaces to the optical transport layer via WDM pluggable optics and built-in OTN (G.709) tunable laser. Two models are initially being introduced. The SR9710 is a 10-slot, 400 Gbps system, and the SR9705 is a 5-slot 200 Gbps system with full interchangeability of line cards between platforms.

For metro aggregation applications, the new product line includes 9200 series for demarc and access deployments. These products feature small form factors, integrated CES capabilities, fast ring-protection and a mix of 10/100 and T1/E1 interfaces.

The 9000 Family is highly integrated with ECI's WDM/ROADM and Multi-Service Provisioning Platforms (MSPP) based on the XDM and BroadGate metro networking platforms. ECI said this integration of the optical layer with the IP/Ethernet layer uniquely positions it to deliver the most complete view of potential network services via one converged network. The 9200 Series includes the AS9205 compact carrier grade FE aggregation switch, the AS9220 carrier grade multi-service aggregation switch, the DM9234 high performance Ethernet demarcation unit and the DM9225 compact demarcation unit.

The new Carrier Ethernet will use ECI's LightSoft unified management application, which now spans all network layers (Optical, Ethernet, IP). Carrier trials are underway.

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