Thursday, March 12, 2015

Alcatel-Lucent Delivers Next Gen 1830 PSS Metro Optical

Alcatel-Lucent is expanding its line of 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) optical transport platforms with new, small form-factor models designed for metro and data center networks. Targeted Service Provider applications include access aggregation, content delivery, and mobile backhaul, while large enterprises and cloud providers could use the new systems for data center interconnectivity and wide area networking.

The Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS family uses the 400G Photonic Services Engine and common software and interface cards for all models. Compared to previous systems, Alcatel-Lucent said these next gen 1830 PSS-4/16 and the new PSS-8 offer 2X the capacity, 50% less footprint and 40% power savings, enabling them to be deployed out in the network.

The new 1830 PSS-4, 1830 PSS-8 and 1830 PSS-16 support any mix of high-performance packet, optical and photonic services. Alcatel-Lucent is also bringing distributed switching capability for better metro aggregation with smooth capacity scaling from 400 Gbps to 1.6Tbps.  Slots offer any mix of 10G, 100G and 200G-based services. Alcatel-Lucent is also adding enhancements such asu 100G/200G rate adaptive uplink capability, 1 20-port X 10G multiprotocol switchponder and integrated ROADMs. The platforms are SDN-enabled to support application-driven, dynamic service instantiation.

Alcatel-Lucent noted that its 1830 PSS platform is currently in use by more than 500 customers worldwide with more than 240 already deployed with 100G (more than 25,000 units of 100G).

“As traffic continues to grow, operators and enterprises need to deploy optical transport switches specifically tuned for metro applications. By optimizing our 1830 PSS for the metro environment, we are able to offer solutions that are right-sized to help meet transport demand now at low initial cost, with the right scale and switching flexibility, allowing them to grow capacity and deliver services rapidly as demand grows,” stated Sam Bucci, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Terrestrial Optics, Alcatel-Lucent.