Monday, October 6, 2008

Ciena Builds on its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery Portfolio

Ciena has enhanced its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery with a new low-touch devices and intelligent software to simplify and scale Carrier Ethernet service delivery by automating and accelerating service creation and activation in access and metro networks.

Ciena believes that adopting programmable, carrier-class devices that use a common service-aware operating system and unified Ethernet services management software can reduce installation time by up to 75 percent through automated service creation, provisioning and activation.

Key additions to the portfolio include:

  • The new CN 3911 Service Delivery Switch, which is environmentally hardened and suitable for mounting outdoors or indoors. It offers flexible deployment options to support a range of mobile backhaul and business services applications and also provides significant cost savings in terms of real estate, site conditioning and power consumption. It accommodates two Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) network ports, eight 10/100/1000 user ports as well as optional system components, including a physically secure module for customer access to user ports and a voice module with two FXS ports with POTS-VoIP gateway functionality.

  • The new CN 3920 Service Delivery Switch, a low-cost business service delivery switch with advanced features that include a high-capacity switching fabric with all GbE ports -- four 100/1000 Mbps optical and eight 10/100/1000 Mbps copper -- in a compact single rack unit ETSI form factor that provides front access to power and all network and management interfaces.

  • Ciena's service-aware operating system serves as the common software intelligence shared across all Ciena Service Delivery Switches and Service Aggregation Switches for consistent system and service attributes. This latest version has been upgraded with new Ethernet control and management plane protocols, Ethernet encapsulation techniques and Carrier Ethernet Operations, Administration, and Maintenance mechanisms, all of which enhance its fault and performance management, virtual switching, SLA verification and quality of service capabilities.

The full value of these new portfolio enhancements is realized through Ciena's Ethernet Services Manager, which leverages the Carrier Ethernet management plane features of the service-aware operating system to enable automated service activation, creation and administration across Ciena's Carrier Ethernet service switches.