Sunday, March 21, 2010

Ciena Unveils its Converged Optical Ethernet Portfolio

Following the completion of its acquisition of the optical networking and Carrier Ethernet assets of Nortel's Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN) business, Ciena outlined its new product portfolio for Converged Optical Ethernet.

Ciena said its product strategy will be framed around three key values: maximizing the capacity, scalability and reliability of customers' networks through optical technology; maximizing the flexibility, efficiency and economics of their networks through ubiquitous Ethernet technology; and uniting those capabilities with integrated control plane and management software.

The newly combined portfolio is focused on the following areas:

  • Packet-Optical Transport Products designed to expertly address metro, regional and long-haul needs. These platforms support channel rates of 10G, 40G and 100G, all of which are shipping commercially, and system scalability of tens of terabits per fiber while offering management and control plane interoperability with Ciena's switching platforms.

    Ciena's flagship solution in this product grouping is the Optical Multiservice Edge (OME) 6500, a metro and core optical platform that efficiently manages and transports converged TDM, OTN, packet and wavelength services. Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform and Nortel's Optical Metro (OM) 5200 will continue to be utilized for select infrastructure builds, with CN 4200 primarily supporting managed services and enterprise applications as well as metro and regional deployments, and OM 5200 supporting metropolitan access, interoffice and private network applications. The Packet-Optical Transport group also includes other members of Nortel's OME 6000 series as well as the Common Photonic Layer (CPL) line system, which enables migration to a more agile, adaptive, all-optical network with its extensive ROADM capabilities.

  • Packet-Optical Switching Solutions supported by control plane and mesh networking capabilities.
    These systems utilize intelligent mesh networking to automate the provisioning and dynamic bandwidth control of high-capacity services. This product group includes Ciena's CoreDirector FS Multiservice Optical Switch and 5400 Family of Reconfigurable Switching Systems. The initial products of the 5400 family are the 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, a 30-slot system with 3.6 Tbps of capacity and even higher degrees of scalability, and the 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System, a 10-slot system with 1.2 Tbps of capacity. The 5430 is currently in customer labs and will be generally available in the second calendar quarter of 2010.

  • Carrier Ethernet platforms including Service Aggregation Switches and Service Delivery Switches. This product group is comprised of Ciena's existing Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery (CESD) portfolio and is targeted at supporting 3G/4G wireless backhaul applications and enabling Carrier Ethernet business, transport and residential services. Ciena's CESD solutions leverage OAM, QoS, TDM over packet, and virtual switching capabilities to create low-touch, high-velocity access and metro networks.

  • Unified management and multi-layer control plane software. Ciena's network and service management solution for its entire portfolio will ultimately be the Ciena One software suite. In the short term, Ciena's Ethernet Services Manager and ON-Center Network Management Suite and Nortel's OMEA and Preside will continue to manage their respective products.

  • Support services. Ciena's services portfolio is comprised of implementation services; professional and NOC services; specialist solutions and software services; and repair and spares management services.

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