Sunday, February 5, 2012

ADVA Optical Introduces "RAYcontrol" GMPLS Interface

ADVA Optical Networking launched a new "RAYcontrol" User Network Interface (UNI) for its Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) control plane.

RAYcontrol enables users to seamlessly unite packet optical networks with optical transport technology. The new functionality can now encapsulate the optical transport domain into a virtual topology and expose available resources to a packet domain. The new capability facilitates packet-optical integration and enables client equipment, such as IP/MPLS routers, to interoperate with the transport layer in a seamless manner.

GMPLS is used as the control plane to exchange of routing information between network layers and domains. When the packet domain activates a service traversing the virtual topology describing the optical network, the optical network components required to realize that service are automatically configured to match the requested service. The IP/MPLS routers and the optical transport layer interoperate and act in unison without the need for manual intervention.

“With the addition of the GMPLS UNI, RAYcontrol answers one of the most critical needs in the industry, providing seamless integration between packet networks and optical domains. Our global research and development team have worked directly with customers to understand their exact needs here and the result is something special. It’s a critical element for service providers as they seek to leverage their platforms to drive greater efficiency and automation,�? commented Christoph Glingener, CTO of ADVA Optical Networking.

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