Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cyan Boosts its Packet-Optical for Scale and Network Programmability

Cyan is rolling out a number of major enhancements aimed at delivering scalablity and further network programabbility to both its Z-Series Packet-Optical hardware and Blue Planet SDN Platform.

Upgrades for  the Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform (P-OTP) include the following modules:

  • A 10-port 10G to 100G muxponder module – that complements Cyan’s single-slot 100G coherent transponder by aggregating packet and non-packet wavelength services
  • A 100 GbE packet switching module – that further extends Cyan’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) solution with line-rate 100 GbE switching and transport
  • Two multi-degree ROADM modules – that significantly increase fiber capacity and efficiency in metro core and regional networks with support for up to 96 100G wavelengths on a single fiber

Cyan is enhancing its Blue Planet SDN and NFV Orchestration Platform with multi-vendor Service Automation capabilities.  These enable carriers to simplify, manage and orchestrate multi-vendor networks to achieve end-to-end network control, service automation and service agility. Specifically, new Blue Planet features include the addition of A-to-Z provisioning of Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services in multi-vendor networks, a “cut-in” and “cut-out” feature that provides for non-disruptive activation of third-party devices on live networks, and new element adaptors for provisioning Accedian (MetroNID GT, GT-S, LT-S) and RAD (ETX-204A) devices.

Cyan has also released its first open application programming interface (API). The MEF CE 2.0 API is being utilized by multiple customers to automate the provisioning of standards-based MEF E-Line, E-LAN, and E-Access services across multi-vendor networks. This reduces provisioning errors and service turn-up times for network operators.

“Packet-optical scale and service orchestration are key topics as network operators simplify and automate their operations to reduce costs and revitalize their business models. In addition, the launch of our API strategy is critical for customers who want to unite existing operational and support systems with Blue Planet to automate service delivery. All of these enhancements are designed to ensure Cyan can help network operators deploy scalable and automated networks that can respond to today’s on-demand world,” stated Mark Floyd, chief executive officer, Cyan.