Sunday, February 27, 2011

ADVA's Agile Core Express Integrates 100G, ROADMs, GMPLS

ADVA Optical Networking introduced Agile Core Express functionality for its FSP 3000 platform, enabling service providers to use their optical transport network more flexibility and on-demand while supporting 100 Gbps transmission speeds. The agility is created by allowing the IP/MPLS layer to communicate with the optical transport layer.

ADVA's Agile Core Express is defined by three elements:

  • 100 Gbps coherent transmission technology. ADVA is adding 100Gbps with coherent intradyne detection, eliminating the need for dispersion compensation up to 2,500km. Hybrid Raman/EDFA amplification maximizes OSNR performance. The new 100 Gbps "pipes" are not only bigger, but smarter as well, as the service manager has full control over the links.

  • ROADM technology. ADVA's multidegree Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) solution is based on modular building blocks that support colorless, directionless, contentionless and gridless configurations. Customers can opt to deliver any transport service on any port, over any wavelength, to any direction in a network. Integrated amplification provides lowest nodal loss and highest transmission performance. Like the 100 Gbps technology, the ROADM is fully integrated into the control plane, allowing the service manager to dynamically alter paths as needed.

  • End-to-end GMPLS Control Plane. ADVA Optical Networking has fully integrated the 100Gbps and ROADM technologies with a powerful control plane that provides full visibility at the routing layer and full control of the transport layer. This enables end-to-end provisioning as well as fast and dynamic reaction to bandwidth requirements originating from the IP/MPLS layer.

"Networks have become a critical element to life and business, for end users, enterprises and those service providers delivering the capacity," explained Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer of ADVA Optical Networking. "We have one of the most mature control plane implementations in the industry, an extremely flexible ROADM architecture and have introduced new state-of-the-art 100G transmission technologies – the right ingredients to provide efficiency, scalability and automation in the core of the network. We are proud to deliver agile core transport functionality with our FSP 3000 platform, addressing critical needs in the backbone networks of our customers."

The solution is expected to be commercially available in Q3 2011.

  • ADVA's FSP 3000 is a multi-service metro and regional transport platform supporting optical access, backhaul and wavelength services. It is also used for private enterprise networks over dark fiber. As a WDM system, it offers up to 80 protected wavelength carried over various topologies.

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