Monday, September 14, 2009

Cyan Shows its Packet Optical Transport Platform

Cyan, a start-up based in Petaluma, California formally introduced its Z-Series of multi-layer transport platforms and CyMS multi-layer management system .The new multi-layer transport platforms modularly combine packet, TDM and optical add / drop multiplexer, cross-connect and transport functionality in highly integrated platforms supporting over 100 Gbps per slot. The systems can be configured as basic 10G Ethernet, SONET or SDH edge aggregation and add/drop multiplexer systems or modularly scaled when and where needed to enable DWDM with highly advanced multi-layer packet, TDM and optical switching, aggregation and multiplexing both within and between technologies and network layers for application across the network.

Key features and benefits of the Cyan Z-Series offering:

  • Provides economical, massively scalable capacity that snaps into existing packet, SONET and SDH based networks and incrementally scales with advanced G.709 OTN (optical transport networks) and optical add / drop multiplexing and switching

  • Extends the role of existing TDM infrastructures by enabling a smooth transition to Ethernet with a platform that supports a gateway between technologies

  • Extends the role of Ethernet to support advanced MEF services with new connection oriented Ethernet transport standards for superior performance and economics

  • Scales from the network edge to the core for functional and operational consistency as historic boundaries of the access edge, metro and core dissolve for a more homogeneous network

  • Simplifies the planning, implementation and management of an increasing number of network and technology layers with revolutionary new multi-layer management capabilities to reduce operational expense and improve capital efficiency.

Cyan initially is offering two models of its platform: the Cyan Z33 and Z77.

The Cyan Z33 provides six multi-service slots, plus two common control modules to support multi-layer add / drop multiplexing (MADM) and transport in a compact chassis. The Z33 is sized and cost optimized for access edge, aggregation and transit nodes and supports a range of powerful service modules ranging from non-blocking 80G connection oriented Ethernet switch modules supporting advanced MEF services, to non-blocking 60G SONET/SDH MSPP modules and high capacity mux-ponding and transponding modules, all with OTN.

The Cyan Z77 platform combines the same packet, TDM, OTN, and optical add / drop multiplexing with multi-layer cross-connect (MXC) switching in a single cost-effective platform. Designed with an ultra-high capacity mid-plane architecture, the Cyan Z77 supports the same modules as the Z33 with up to 2.5 Tbps of capacity per chassis. Modularly configurable and scalable, the Z77 supports optional multi-technology switch fabrics supporting a mix of up to 840 Gbps of protected packet service or 720 Gbps of protected SONET/SDH capacity to meet the requirements of larger aggregation, transit and hub locations.

Cyan claims over 20 customers for the platform so far, ranging from metro and regional Ethernet service providers, to local and regional broadband providers, transport providers, cable MSOs and even data center operators. Initial deployments support applications such as wireless and Internet backhaul, Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services, IPTV backhaul, SONET/SDH transport, wavelength transport services.
  • Cyan Optics is headed by Michael Hatfield, who was founder and CEO of Calix. Before that, he was co-founder and COO of Cerent, a leading provider of high-speed fiber-optics systems acquired by Cisco Systems for $7B.

  • Cyan's technical team is led by Steve West, who previously was a member of the founding team at Turin Networks, Inc. where he was responsible for product architecture. West was also an early employee at Advanced Fibre Communications Inc. (AFC) where as the Director of Engineering, he was responsible for development of all international features.

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