Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sorrento Unveils 10G Optical Ethernet Transport on a Card

Sorrento Networks introduced a 10 Gigabit Optical Ethernet Transport (OET) line card, which enables network operators to transport and manage multiple Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) circuits on the same line card. Sorrento's new OET line card offers built-in layer 2 controls that can be switched on to enable customers to control Ethernet traffic and offer more capabilities in their infrastructure. Additionally, this line card allows users to set up a 10G "superstructure" of existing ring optical systems that dramatically increases bandwidth capacity and gives them the ability to support additional data services.

Additional product features include:

  • A built-in layer 2 switch that enables add, drop, mux, pass-through and ROADM-like functionality, which can be manipulated by the customer to be turned on or off as needed

  • Dual 10G line-side support for sub-50ms protection and internal pass-through

  • FEC-enabled 100-km line-side distances

  • Fully pluggable architecture with flexible SFP-based clients and XFP-based line-side

  • Remote provisioning and management that eliminates truck rolls

"By adding a new layer of intelligence to WDM technology, we are providing our customers with end-to-end Gigabit Ethernet and taking them to the next level in bandwidth capacity in the most cost-conscious and efficient way possible," said Jim Nevelle, CEO, Sorrento Networks.

Sorrento noted that transporting multiple Ethernet circuits over multiple node WDM systems has historically required an optical multiplexer coupled with a layer 2 switch. This architecture can be costly due to the amount of equipment involved and the length of time to market. Sorrento's OET line card collapses multiple pieces of equipment into one WDM line card that offers multiplexing, electrical ROADM-like functionality, switching and protection, thereby greatly reducing capital expenditures and improving efficiency for all Ethernet transport applications. Sorrento's first OET line card is compatible with Sorrento's GigaMux 1600/3200 optical transport system.

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