Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Overture Launches Gigabit Optical Ethernet Access Device

Overture introduced a gigabit optical Ethernet Access Device (EAD) designed to serve as Carrier Ethernet on-ramp for performance-assured mobile backhaul and enterprise cloud services.

The Overture 65 Next Generation Gigabit Ethernet Access Device (EAD) provides 1 GigE demarcation with Carrier Ethernet 2.0 compliance.  It supports both ring (G.8032) and point-to-point architectures, while offering IEEE 1588v2 boundary and slave functionality. Advanced features include:

  • A full suite of CE2.0 demarcation tools, hierarchical QoS, and an sFlow monitoring agent
  • Layer 3, including RIP, NAT, and multicast, eliminating the need for CPE router for many IP services
  • Zero-touch commissioning, multi-operator OAM, integrated AC power, and Green Ethernet ultra-low power consumption
  • Non-blocking 7Gb/s switching capacity, full line rate classification on all ports, support for up to 64 EVCs, and 1024 QoS classification rules
  • Hardware-based OAM and exacting IEEE1588v2 implementation backed by nanosecond accuracy for mobile synchronization, precision one-way delay measurements, and less than three microseconds of latency
  • Support for G.8031, G.8032v1 and G.8032v2 rings, as well as link aggregation create highly resilient network topologies
  • Extremely low-power, fan-less design
  • 99.999 percent or greater service availability
  • Provider bridging (Q-in-Q) and MPLS-TP support offers a migration path to seamless MPLS networking
  • Integration with Overture’s Ensemble OSA
“Overture’s service provider customers continue to look for innovative ways to accelerate and optimize service creation, activation, and assurance. They must differentiate their services by introducing new revenue-generating capabilities quickly and reliably,” said Vijay Raman, vice president of product management and marketing, Overture. “Carrier Ethernet 2.0 was an important advancement last year, but service providers and operators now need a clear path to software-defined and virtualized services. The Overture 65 offers that path. We are pleased to introduce this game-changing Ethernet Access Device as part of Overture’s complete metro edge solution.”


In March, Overture introduced a new switching platform for Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) Ethernet aggregation over any access method, it includes support for fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET/SDH, and TDM.

The new Overture 6500, which will be offered in several slot configurations, is designed for the company's new Ensemble Open Service Architecture for transforming the metro edge with software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization technology. Key applications include Ethernet aggregation for business and cloud services, macro cell and small cell mobile backhaul, metro inter-office infrastructure, or wholesale E-Access service presentation and termination.

Highlights of the Overture 6500 include:

  • CE2.0 Ethernet aggregation for any access method, including fiber, E-Access, copper, SONET/SDH, and TDM
  • Scalability supporting more than 3,000 subscriber services, leveraging centralized and distributed switching, and available in multiple chassis options
  • Multiple resiliency options that include card, power, device, network facility, and multi-site redundancy
  • Ready for future software-defined services and integration Overture’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture.
Overture said its new platform represents an entry point to software-defined services at the metro edge. 

Overture has also outlined a  new Ensemble Open Service Architecture for automating essential tasks in service creation, activation, and assurance at the metro edge.

Overture's Ensemble OSA will leverage open API standards, including OpenFlow.  It is comprised of three layers, each of which may include Overture developed components and those developed by service providers or third party vendors:
  • esources – Elements that provide connect, compute, and storage functionality. They may consist of physical devices such as switches, servers and storage arrays, and/or software functions running on virtual machines.
  • Orchestration and Control – Software building block functions for data plane control, resource abstraction, and network management that provide the glue connecting the resources to the applications.
  • Network Applications – Software packages that leverage one or more of the Orchestration and Control building blocks and tie into a service provider’s back office systems and that of their business partners to create a service or network function.


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