Showing posts with label Metro. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Metro. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dell'Oro: WDM metro revenue surpassed $7 billion in 2017

WDM Metro equipment revenue surpassed $7 billion in 2017, according to a recently published report from Dell’Oro Group. Huawei, ZTE, and Ciena led the market for 2017.

Additional highlights from the 4Q17 Optical Transport Quarterly Report:

  • Optical Transport revenue increased 19 percent year-over-year in 4Q17, driven largely from increased WDM Metro sales. In the quarter, WDM Metro revenue grew 30 percent year-over-year.
  • The majority of WDM Metro revenue growth in 2017 occurred in two regions—Asia Pacific and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa).
  • Three vendors—Cisco, ECI Telecom, and ZTE—each increased their WDM Metro revenue by over 40 percent.
  • Demand for coherent line cards continued to grow at a high rate, and approximately 185 thousand coherent line cards shipped for metro applications in 2017.

“The WDM Metro systems market jumped in 2017,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “We all knew that demand for WDM systems in metro applications would increase, but it was a huge surprise to see an 18 percent revenue increase in 2017,” added Yu.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Cisco delivers OC-192 Circuit Emulation to Verizon

Verizon is currently carrying customer traffic on part of its transport network using a new highly scalable circuit emulation solution from Cisco that supports speeds up to OC-192. Previous circuit emulation equipment carried speeds up to OC-12.

Circuit emulation enables transport of conventional digital and optical signal rates over a packet-based MPLS network without impacting customer traffic -- creating a smooth migration of legacy services to next-generation infrastructure and improving overall reliability.

As part of its next-generation 100G U.S. metro network rollout, Verizon initially deployed this technology where it could aggregate multiple Ethernet and TDM circuits at the same location onto a unified high-speed circuit.

“This is a true architectural collaboration with Verizon. We have worked hard to deliver this unique solution that will easily enable the growth of Ethernet services while improving the reliability of mission critical TDM private line services,” said Bill Gartner, vice president, optical systems and optics, Service Provider Business, Cisco.

Verizon Picks Cisco and Ciena for Advanced 100G Metro Network

Verizon has selected Ciena and Cisco as vendors for its next generation metro optical network.

Specifically, Verizon will test and deploy Ciena’s metro-optimized 6500 packet optical technology and the Cisco Network Convergence System on portions of its 100G metro network this year, with plans to turn up live traffic in 2016. Supplier volumes will be guided by ongoing testing, support and performance.

“Deploying a new coherent, optimized and highly scalable metro network means Verizon stays ahead of the growth trajectory while providing an even more robust network infrastructure for future demand,” said Lee Hicks, vice president of Verizon network planning. “Ciena and Cisco met not only our technology requirements but the aggressive timeline to deploy our next-generation 100G-and-above metro network.”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Infinera Intros XTM II for Cloud Scale Metro Packet-Optical

Infinera introduced its next generation packet-optical platform for metro networks.

The XTM II, which delivers Layer 0, Layer 1 and Layer 2 services, is optimized for bandwidth-intensive cloud scale applications at the metro edge, such as Remote PHY, 5G transport and data center interconnect (DCI).

Infinera said its new platform builds on its widely deployed XTM Series, but now adds 200 gigabits per second (200G) per wavelength capabilities, with an eightfold density increase and a reduction in power per gigabit of 3.5 times. Power consumption is believed to be the lowest in the industry for 100/200G transport. It also features Infinera Instant Bandwidth, which is the company's open grid line system with SDN control. This gives network operators a highly flexible, open and software-programmable packet-optical solution for Layer 0, Layer 1 and Layer 2 services.

A key component of the XTM II platform is the new range of 200G per wavelength traffic units, featuring:
  • The 400G Flexponder: A dual, 200G muxponder that uses 16QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) for high-capacity transport, or a dual 100G transponder that uses quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) for longer reach operation. This device provides 400G of line and client capacity per slot, giving an eightfold density increase over the previous generation. Including optics, the device operates at as low as 20 watts per 100G service, which the company believes is the lowest power consumption per 100G available in the industry on any wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM)-based platform.
  • The 200G Muxponder: A 200G Layer 1 muxponder that supports a broad range of client signals, including 10G/40G/100G Ethernet and Optical Transport Network (OTN) as well as 8/16/32G Fibre Channel. The device can also be paired to create an OTN add-drop multiplexer (ADM).
  • The EMXP440 Packet-Optical Transport Switch: A high-capacity addition to the existing range of EMXP devices that provides Layer 2 packet-optical switching with dual 100/200G ports and 12 or 24 10G ports. The EMXP440 supports Carrier Ethernet (CE) and MPLS-TP, packet transport with sub-50 milliseconds protection, Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) CE 2.0 service creation and quality of service-aware traffic aggregation. In addition, the EMXP440 has feature-harmonization with the EMXP/IIe range and PT-Fabric.
Additional enhancements to the XTM Series include:


  • A new portfolio of XTM II upgraded chassis for improved power management and cooling and increased density to support nodes that require large volumes of new traffic units. 

  • Instant Bandwidth capability, enabling the on-demand licensing of 100G bandwidth increments to align capital expense spend with service revenue and to reduce operational expenses through automated software activation of new capacity.
  • New 400G+ per wavelength-ready flexible grid 4x and 9x ROADM modules and optimized hybrid erbium-doped fiber amplifier (EDFA)/Raman optical amplifiers to support sophisticated modulation formats and higher baud rates required above 100G. In addition, the new XTM II open flexible grid line system supports fiber capacity up to 24 terabits per second.
  • A unified solution providing end-to-end software control from core to access. The XTM Series, including the XTM II, is supported by Infinera’s Xceed Software Suite and DNA network management system. This new range of packet-optical platforms provides network operators with leading low power and high density at Layer 0, Layer 1 and Layer 2, and supports full interworking with the large installed base of XTM Series and the DTN-X platforms.
“While backward compatibility is key as it allows current customers to take advantage of over 30,000 existing XTM Series chassis, what is more significant are the capabilities XTM II brings to new networks deployed by both new and existing customers,” said Karl Thedéen, Infinera Senior Vice President, Head of Metro Business Group.

The XTM II chassis are already shipping to customers and the 400G Flexponder will be available in Q3, with additional components of XTM II available by the end of 2017.

https://www.infinera.com/xtm-ii-cloud-scale-metro-packet-optical-applications/

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Zayo Selected by Webscale Cloud Provider for Metro Dark Fiber

Zayo announced a contract to supply metro dark fiber in Chicago to a global webscale cloud provider.

Zayo said this project will connect six data center locations with 20 diverse segments totaling 280 strands across all segments, with up to 26 strands per segment. The solution is built on Zayo’s dense metro network in Chicago, with more than 90 percent of the solution leveraging in-place network.

“Zayo is well positioned to meet the needs of global cloud providers for connectivity, both within their enterprise and to business customers,” said Joe Stockhausen, vice president, Dark Fiber Solutions, Central Region at Zayo. “Our fiber density, network diversity and ability to meet aggressive delivery requirements were differentiators that won us this deal.”

http://www.zayo.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Infinera Validates Optical Line Systems with Lumentum's White Box

Infinera and Lumentum have validated Infinera’s portfolio of DWDM platforms over Lumentum’s white box optical line system.

The interoperability testing included Infinera’s XTM Series, Cloud Xpress Family and DTN-X Family (including XTC and XT Series) platforms. In addition, the companies successfully conducted interoperability testing of Infinera’s next generation Infinite Capacity Engine pilot hardware.

Specifically, the Infinera platforms interoperated with the Lumentum white box open line system including the 20 port Transport ROADM. The test cases covered point-to-point metro fiber links carrying multiple modulations including QPSK (quadrature phase shift keying), 8QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) and 16QAM with PIC based super-channels over the Lumentum open line system. The test was able to fill the fiber to full capacity at QPSK, 8QAM and 16QAM data rates via 19 super-channels injected into a single rack unit 20 port ROADM. A fully loaded solution achieves up to 24 terabits of fiber capacity using the Infinite Capacity Engine at 16QAM. The testing successfully validated standard optical parameters including optical signal to noise ratio (OSNR) for seamless performance over metro distances.

The companies described the interoperability testing as the first multi-vendor driven demonstration of, and commitment to supporting, an open, interoperable and agile approach to the construction of transport networks, including for data center interconnect (DCI) and metro/edge WDM transport.

Infinera and Lumentum also noted that they are collaborating on open packet optical transport in the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), an industry initiative co-founded by Facebook.

“By validating the industry’s first white box open line system interoperability with Lumentum, Infinera has demonstrated our commitment to delivering the innovative and open optical solutions that our customers need,” said Tom Fallon, Infinera CEO. “Infinera’s leadership in technology innovation with large-scale photonic integration is changing telecom networks. This announcement is yet another step in the path to delivering on our vision of enabling an infinite pool of intelligent bandwidth that the next communications infrastructure is built upon.”

“Lumentum’s award-winning optical white boxes are designed for simplicity and scalability, with open interfaces to enable Software Defined Networking (SDN),” said Alan Lowe, Lumentum CEO. “The demonstration of successful interoperability with Infinera validates the open system approach that should deliver the simplicity and service innovation many network operators desire.”

https://www.infinera.com/infinera-validates-intelligent-transport-network-portfolio-over-lumentum-white-box-optical-line-system/
https://www.lumentum.com


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Sweden's Norrsken Deploys Infinera TM-Series Metro 100G

Norrsken, a major regional operator in Sweden, has expanded its network with the Infinera TM-Series metro 100G solution, enabling multi-service transport services with low power, high density and bandwidth scalability.

Norrsken operates a regional network in Sweden providing Layer 1 wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) services and Layer 2 Ethernet services for the major Internet service providers, carriers and other customers. With the Infinera TM-Series, Norrsken can provide a packet-optical network featuring multi-service capabilities including MEF 2.0 certified Ethernet services and Optical Transport Network (OTN) aggregation engineered for a range of services including enterprise, mobile backhaul, wholesale bandwidth and metro aggregation applications.

"Upgrading Norrsken's network with the Infinera TM-Series was a natural choice for us," said Björn Jonsson, CEO at Norrsken. "Norrsken already has TM-Series in our network and with the new metro 100G solution, we are now able to also provide 100G services to our customers, providing an even more scalable high capacity network."

http://www.infinera.com




Thursday, October 8, 2015

Namibia's Paratus Telecom Deploys Infinera

Paratus Telecom, a telecommunications operator in Namibia, has deployed Infinera's TM-Series for its metro network in the capital city of Windhoek. The new installation enables Paratus to deliver multi-service transport services with low power, high density and bandwidth scalability.

The Infinera TM-Series packet-optical platform provides multi-service capabilities including MEF 2.0 certified Ethernet services, multi-protocol label switching -- transport profile (MPLS-TP) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) aggregation engineered for enterprise services, mobile fronthaul and metro aggregation applications. The Infinera TM-Series provides Paratus with an optimized 10 gigabit per second (Gb/s) transport solution upgradeable to 100 Gb/s. Infinera worked with local partner Adcomtec on Paratus' network upgrade, collaborating to supply the network solution and ongoing maintenance services.

"The Infinera TM-Series packet-optical network solution effectively addresses our bandwidth requirements to keep up with the rapid growth in converged network services," said Samantha Geyser, Executive of Planning. "Built with the operator in mind, the TM-Series increases bandwidth, flexibility and functionality of our new metro WDM transport network. This allows Paratus to take advantage of cost efficient Ethernet services, ultra-low latency and low power consumption."

http://www.infinera.com
http://www.paratustelco.com/news-archive/na

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Fujitsu Unveils Open 1FINITY Networking Platform

Fujitsu is introducing a new multi-layer category of networking equipment that leverages disaggregated architecture and dense form-factor blades for fast time-to-market, low initial investment, and efficient scaling. The first product is targeted at the data center interconnect market (DCI).

The Fujitsu 1FINITY platform marks a strategic departure from physically aggregated platforms, emphasizing open development, optimized functionality, and increased operating efficiencies.  Leveraging functional disaggregation, the initial platform release comprises four distinct product families providing transport, lambda, switch, and access functionality.

Fujitsu said each product in this 1FINITY family will be an independent system on a blade that is capable of being a full network element. The self-contained, modular blades can stand alone to deliver specific functionality or be combined with others for a broader network solution. The software framework logically reaggregates modular functions and provides a consolidated northbound interface, supporting communication with a user’s operations support system (OSS) and business support system (BSS).

The Fujitsu 1FINITY platform will use blades as compact as one rack unit (1RU).  The design eliminates rack partitioning due to chassis boundaries. Fujitsu will offer open pluggable optics. This will simplify procurement for users. Fujitsu will also support open APIs and open standard protocols. By separating the blades from a shelf, network operators will benefit from independent blade improvement and replacement as functionality advances.  Fujitsu also promises interoperability and backward compatibility between the new 1FINITY and its existing FLASHWAVE platforms.

The first product in the series is the 1FINITY T100 blade, which is designed specifically for metro data center interconnect (mDCI) applications.  The blade delivers 1.6 Tbps of bidirectional transport capacity.  Other key features include SDN-enabled Linux software, support for the latest optical technologies, and compliance with DWDM transmission standards. Customer trials of the 1FINITY T100 blade are in progress, and general availability is scheduled for December 2015.

“DCI is the fastest-growing application for optical networking equipment,” said Rod Naphan, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Fujitsu Network Communications. “Fujitsu’s response to this market demand is a purpose-built product with cost, space, and power attributes that will enable hyperscale data center operators to reduce their footprints and power requirements, efficiently scale their metro clouds, and create new Fujitsu will expand the 1FINITY portfolio beyond the mDCI solution with blades for wavelength services, extended-reach transport, high-density packet switching, innovative access, and multilayer interoperation with the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform."

http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/telecom/news/newsroom.html

Monday, April 20, 2015

Japan Internet Exchange Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress

Japan Internet Exchange (JPIX) has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress to help accommodate bandwidth growth in its network in the metropolitan Tokyo area in Japan.

Infinera's Cloud Xpress isa compact, high-density, optical system optimized for interconnecting multiple data centers within a metro area. It leverages existing Infinera technologies, including its Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and super-channel aggregation, to provide massive bandwidth in a form factor that data center operators can rack-n-stack.

JPIX is Japan's first commercial IX provider, established in 1997, offering a set of neutral locations that allows telecom, Cloud and wholesale service providers to exchange traffic as well as interconnect with enterprise users. The JPIX IX service is a significant exchange point for major service and content providers in Japan and plays an important role in powering the Japanese Internet backbone. With the IX service delivered by JPIX, Internet service providers (ISPs) and content providers are able to respond to continuous increases in Internet traffic as demand increases from their customers.

Infinera said JPIX chose its Cloud Xpress for its small form factor, low power consumption and its ability to easily scale bandwidth in 100 Gbps increments without any changes in hardware. The Cloud Xpress provides JPIX up to one terabit per second (Tbps) of input and output capacity in just two rack units. Further, the Cloud Xpress simplifies operations with a single fiber to deliver a 500 Gb/s super-channel of line-side capacity, a highly-reliable photonic integrated circuit, the flexibility of 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and 40 GbE today, and 100 GbE client side interfaces with Cloud Xpress product family in the future.

"The tremendous demand for bandwidth globally puts immense pressure on the Cloud," said Stu Elby, senior vice president of Cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. "JPIX's deployment of Cloud Xpress further underscores the need for simple, highly scalable interconnect solutions across a variety of markets."

http://www.infinera.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Verizon Picks Cisco and Ciena for Advanced 100G Metro Network

Verizon has selected Ciena and Cisco as vendors for its next generation metro optical network.

Specifically, Verizon will test and deploy Ciena’s metro-optimized 6500 packet optical technology and the Cisco Network Convergence System on portions of its 100G metro network this year, with plans to turn up live traffic in 2016. Supplier volumes will be guided by ongoing testing, support and performance.

“Deploying a new coherent, optimized and highly scalable metro network means Verizon stays ahead of the growth trajectory while providing an even more robust network infrastructure for future demand,” said Lee Hicks, vice president of Verizon network planning. “Ciena and Cisco met not only our technology requirements but the aggressive timeline to deploy our next-generation 100G-and-above metro network.”

“In today's Web-scale world, advanced, next-generation metro networks with high degrees of packet convergence and software intelligence are critical to the future of connecting increasing amounts of content to users,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, Global Products Group at Ciena. “Leveraging the latest capabilities in our 6500 platform for metro applications where density, scale and cost are equally important, Verizon will benefit from an end-to-end solution that can deliver a truly on-demand experience for its customers.”

“Verizon and Cisco are long-standing technology and business partners, and we are pleased to play a key role in Verizon’s optical network modernization program. Cisco has made key investments in next-generation optical technologies to enable Verizon to realize its vision to transform its network architecture to achieve the speed and operational efficiency required to meet the demands of today, while capturing growth opportunities over the next decade,” stated Said Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president of Cisco’s Service Provider Business group.

http://www.verizon.com/about/news/verizon-deploy-next-generation-100g-metro-network-us/

Monday, March 23, 2015

Infinera Charts Network Transformation with PICs for Sliceable Photonics

Infinera unveiled two photonic integrated circuits (PICs) for new optical transport systems and line cards scheduled for delivery later this year. The introductions include a sliceable, enhanced PIC, ePIC-500, and an application-optimized PIC, oPIC-100.

Infinera said its new sliceable photonics technology enables the large pool of capacity in a PIC to be divided at a granular optical level.  Each slice can routed in a different direction as it exits the line card or the system housing, usually at the hub. The recipient of the individual slice is a line card or system that matches the capacity, usually at the spoke. For instance, a 500G superchannel originating at a hub location could be sliced into 100G chunks for delivery to multiple spokes.

The new ePIC-500 provides sliceable 500G capacity at the hub location, while the new oPIC-100 provides 100G capacity at the spoke location. While these two new PICs are applicable across all network locations they were developed specifically to support Layer T in the metro.

The introductions come as Infinera positions for a major transformation in network architecture driven by scale and virtualization.  Infinera sees the emergence of two layers:
  • Layer C -- a cloud services layer that supports NFV plus other Cloud delivered services  
  • Layer T --  the transport layer, which is founded on scalable photonics capable of delivering more capacity per line card and system while simplifying the network.
Infinera believes that PICs are integral to the evolution of the transport network and provide significant benefits when integrated into a packet-optical DWDM transport system, there creating an efficient Layer T and ultimately allowing Layer C to thrive.

The company said it has modeled a wide range of applications from metro aggregation to regional long-haul where hub-and-spoke, mesh or ring topologies are common. When using the new PICs, these models showed an estimated average reduction of 28 percent in modules, 31 percent in power and 45 percent in bandwidth inefficiencies as compared to conventional, commercial off the shelf technologies that deliver single-wavelength or super-channel solutions for 100G, 200G or 400G.

“Infinera has been shipping PICs in transport systems, that have been designed from the ground-up, for over a decade," said Dave Welch, co-founder and president at Infinera. "During this time the technology has surpassed over 1.5 billion hours of field operations. Sliceable photonics allows our customers to build networks with scale and flexibility for a wide variety of applications ranging from the metro to the long-haul. It provides a comprehensive tool set for us to be nimble and build market-specific platforms for Layer T as our customers’ needs continue to evolve."

http://www.infinera.com/j7/servlet/NewsItem?newsItemID=446

NTT Electronics Delivers 20nm Low-Power Coherent DSP

NTT Electronics (NEL) announced the commercial release of its second generation, 20nm low-power coherent DSP for use in high-port-density 100G metro transport systems. The device was developed by NEL in collaboration with Broadcom.

The new NLD0640 Gen2 LP-DSP features integrated 100GE transponder capability, full coverage of operation modes such as the lowest power 80-km ZR mode and power-managed metro mode for distances up to 1200km, and digital equalizer compensating electrical signal distortion to-and-from 100G pluggable Analog Coherent Optics (ACO).  The LP-DSP uses Broadcom's signal-processing-enhanced mixed-signal technologies to intensify the coherent processing core, which has already been widely deployed as NEL's first generation 40nm DSP product NLD0629 Gen1 DSP3.

“I am glad to see that our initiative, to make merchant Silicon DSP solution available for every manufacturer, has evolved into this new generation.” said Masahito Tomizawa, Executive Manager of NTT Network Innovation Laboratories. “Digital coherent is an optical communications innovation, not only for enabling 100 Gbps per wavelength, but also for enabling interoperability among multi-source pluggable coherent optics using lower-cost technologies such as compound semiconductor and silicon photonics. One of my laboratories has already confirmed successful interoperability of the new NLD0640 Gen2 LP-DSP not only with multi-source CFP2-ACO’s but also with other CFP-DCO employing its in-house DSP ASIC.”

http://www.ntt-electronics.com/en/news/2015/3/20nm-low-power-coherent-dsp-shipping-in-volume.html

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ciena Debuts New Wavelogic Chipsets and Coherent Select Architecture

Ciena announced significant additions to its portfolio, including two new chipsets to power its next-gen optical transport systems, along with a new 100G photonic architecture. These innovations are aimed at solving the web-scale dynamics caused by cloud computing, network virtualization and openess.

The two new Ciena WaveLogic 3 coherent optical chipsets, the WaveLogic 3 Extreme and WaveLogic 3 Nano,  are designed for the massive bandwidth requirements of web-scale networks.

WaveLogic 3 Extreme -- a new coherent optical chipset that incorporates four programmable coherent modulation formats: QPSK, BPSK second generation 16QAM coherent modulation for high-bandwidth metro/regional applications, and a new patent-pending 8D-2QAM modulation for extreme long distance submarine applications.  16QAM enables 200G wavelengths in the same amount of spectrum as current 100G links (50GHz). The new 8D-2QAM modulation format enables enhanced 100G performance. When combined with flexible grid technology, capacity increases of 85% have been realized on trans-Pacific links when compared to today’s BPSK modulation format.  The WaveLogic 3 Extreme is currently available and has already been deployed in a regional scenario with Verizon and in multiple submarine scenarios announced last month.

WaveLogic 3 Nano -- the next generation of Ciena's WaveLogic 3 technology for metro and data center applications.  WaveLogic 3 Nano targets 100G metro density by reducing the footprint and power consumption of the coherent 100G design. Innovations include shrinking the electro-optics to enable lower power consumption, taking advantage of new ASIC integration technologies, and tailoring the chipset’s chromatic dispersion compensation characteristics for metro distances. The new WaveLogic 3 Nano chipset is being implemented across Ciena’s portfolio of converged packet-optical and packet networking products, including the 6500 and 5430 converged packet optical platforms. It doubles capacity of metro and regional networks and combined with Flexible Grid technology has enabled up to 85% greater capacity in submarine networks.

Coherent Select photonic architecture -- a flexible metro architecture for high-capacity user-to-content connectivity. By combining software with the native receiver tunability of WaveLogic chipsets, Coherent Select enables service providers to cost-effectively bring 100G closer to the metro. Ciena sees this as a third alternative next to passive fixed optical filters or ROADM architecture. Ciena's Coherent Select consists of a wavelength broadcast and select architecture which leverages WaveLogic coherent receivers to tune to the frequency (wavelength) of interest. Ciena said this also retains much of the operational benefits associated with ROADMs, including automatic real-time power balancing, full photonic topology visualization, and remote wavelength reconfiguration with colorless, directionless and flexible grid capabilities.

In addition, Ciena expanded its Packet Portfolio with the additions of the 3904 and 3905 Service Delivery Switches aimed at both indoor and outdoor small cell mobile backhaul. The 3905 is an environmentally hardened Ethernet platform for that can be deployed in a variety of mounting options.  The 3905, as well as its indoor variant 3904, is purpose-built to provide next-gen Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) connectivity from the small cell to the macro tower or Mobile Telephone Switching Office (MTSO). Both feature an advanced Ethernet control plane, sophisticated VLAN encapsulation and tagging, hierarchical QoS for strict SLAs, carrier-grade Ethernet OAM capabilities, flexible power options including Power over Ethernet Plus, WiFi console port, automated and error-free Zero Touch Provisioning, and MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 compliance.

“Networks are now facing the realities of the ‘web-scale effect.’ Cloud services, on-demand networking and virtualization are becoming more ubiquitous and businesses expect connect, compute and storage services to be available 24/7. With Ciena’s new coherent chipsets, metro architecture and backhaul solutions, our customers can arm their networks with the bandwidth, efficiency and agility that is required in today’s web-scale world,” stated Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and CTO, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com/connect/blog/Ciena-goes-web-scale-with-new-coherent-metro-and-small-cell-backhaul-solutions.html
http://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Ciena-Delivers-New-Capabilities-for-the-Web-Scale-World.html

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Infinera Ships its New Cloud Xpress Metro Platform

Infinera announced commercial shipments of its new Cloud Xpress metro optical platform, which is designed for network operators delivering cloud-based services. The company said its Cloud Xpress has shipped for production deployment as well as field trials to multiple customers. Cloud Xpress customers include Internet content providers, data center operators and large enterprises.

"Meeting our commitment and shipping the Cloud Xpress in Q4 2014 is a key milestone for Infinera as we enter the metro Cloud market,” said Stuart Elby, senior vice president of Cloud network strategy and technology at Infinera. "The Infinera Cloud Xpress marks a better way to bring innovative Intelligent Transport Network solutions to the metro Cloud market by delivering a purpose built product with the right form factor, space and power profile.”

http://infinera.com/j7/servlet/NewsItem?newsItemID=435


In September, Infinera unveiled its Cloud Xpress, a compact, high-density, optical system optimized for the transport network that interconnects multiple data centers within a metro area. It leverages existing Infinera technologies, including its Photonic Integrated Circuit (PICs) and super-channel aggregation, to provide massive bandwidth in a form factor that data center operators can rack-n-stack and easily integrate into their operations.

In a press event in Santa Clara, California, Infinera predicted that hyper-scale cloud operators now building data centers packed with hundreds of thousands of servers, will soon need vast numbers of 100G connections between their metro data centers.  The Cloud Xpress aims to provide point-to-point hyper-scale bandwidth over distances of up to 200km without amplification.  On the client side, it supports 10GbE, 40GbE, 100GbE interfaces and on the line side its offers 500 Gbps WDM super-channels. It can be managed with a wide range of tools: CLI, the Infinera Network Management System—DNA as well as an API-driven SDN control.  The Cloud Xpress is currently in customer trials and commercial release is expected in December 2014.

Infinera said the key benefits of its Cloud Xpress for the metro cloud include:
  • Hyper-scale Density – The Cloud Xpress delivers one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in just two rack units (RU).  This means a single 42 RU rack can support an industry leading 21 Tbps of input and output capacity.
  • Simplified Operations – The Cloud Xpress is designed with a rack-and-stack form factor and a new software approach that will enable it to plug into existing cloud provisioning systems using open SDN APIs. By offering an experience similar to the server and storage infrastructure currently deployed in the cloud, the Cloud Xpress enables smooth integration into existing operational processes enabling cloud providers to scale quickly, reduce human errors and lower operational costs.
  • Lowest Power – The Cloud Xpress consumes half as much power as the current leader of the market for comparably-sized metro cloud solutions.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Coriant Upgrades its 6350 Switch Node

Coriant announced a capacity upgrade to its 6350 Switch Node, which is a high-capacity multiservice transport platform designed for efficient transport of diverse traffic in metro-edge networking applications. This new feature release quadruples the switch matrix (400G, high order/80G low order) and service interface capacity (2.5G/10G).

The 6350 Switch Node utilizes SDH and Ethernet switching, along with low-order grooming capabilities to enable efficient transport of end-user business services, mobile backhaul and IP offload traffic. Key features of the multiservice platform include seamless scalability and low latency when Ethernet is mapped into SDH and OTN, facilitating integration into OTN transport networks.

Coriant said the quadruple capacity increase of the 6350 Switch Node allows customers to replace multiple nodes with one 6350, on a single shelf. As a result, OpEx is reduced and operators are able to offer new revenue-generating broadband services.

http://www.coriant.com/company/press_release.asp?id=1157

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Equinix Picks Ciena 6500 for Metro Connectivity and Cloud Exchange

Equinix is utilizing Ciena’s 6500 platform in its metropolitan networks in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.  The deployment supports 100G connectivity to Service Provider and enterprise customers today – with a path to 400G and beyond in the future.

In addition, Ciena’s V-WAN network resource broker and scheduling application, as well as its network management capabilities, lay the foundation for multi-layer SDN control.

Ciena’s coherent optical technology and software also supports the Equinix Cloud Exchange, a new service that combines the automated interconnection of cloud, network and managed service providers with advanced service orchestration, providing enterprises with simple, scalable, direct access to multiple cloud services.

Ciena said this deployment illustrates how its OPn architecture can facilitate network integration within and between the data center to transform connectivity, compute and store into a programmable platform for a variety of new services.

The Equinix Cloud Exchange gives customers the ability to create a private and secure 1Gb or 10Gb connection to transfer data between their own infrastructure and multiple cloud providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.

“Many Equinix customers are looking for the ability to expand their networks globally and they require high speed connections within a metro, or globally, between our IBX data centers. Through our relationship with Ciena, we can offer customers a dynamic and automated interface to the hundreds of network and cloud service providers inside our data centers and meet their needs for next-generation connectivity solutions,” stated Ihab Tarazi, Chief Technology Officer at Equinix.

“Enterprises and service providers today require ‘on-demand’ network capabilities, and market leaders like Equinix are in an excellent position to capitalize on this industry shift. We’ve worked closely with Equinix to design an intelligent, open and programmable network architecture that delivers elastic, high-speed, high-performance for inter- and intra- data center connectivity. Equinix Cloud Exchange customers in major markets worldwide will have access to affordable, private connectivity on demand to support their cloud and network service requirements,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena.

http://www.equinix.com
http://www.ciena.com

  • In April, Equinix launched its new Cloud Exchange, an advanced interconnection solution that enables seamless, on-demand and direct access to multiple clouds and multiple networks.  The goal is to give enterprises direct access to services for building sophisticated hybrid cloud solutions inside Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.
    With the Equinix Cloud Exchange customers can connect to Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C. and London with planned expansions into 13 additional markets by the end of 2014.  Customers can also access Amazon Web Services via the Equinix Cloud Exchange in Silicon Valley, Washington, D.C. and London. In addition, Equinix is working with other key cloud and network service providers to provide access to their services via the Cloud Exchange. Equinix provides a Cloud Exchange Portal and APIs to simplify the process of managing connections to multiple cloud services. Businesses can use the Portal and APIs to allocate, monitor and provision virtual circuits in near real-time with the provisioning of those circuits automated end-to-end from the Cloud Exchange to the service provider.

    Equinix expects to be serving a total of 19 markets by the end of 2014 with its Cloud Exchange.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Huawei Announced Metro WDM Contract with China Mobile Sichuan

China Mobile has selected Huawei to deploy WDM-based full-service metropolitan bearer networks in over 10 cities across Sichuan Province, including the capital, Chengdu. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Sichuan Mobile estimates that the bandwidth demand from its metro aggregation sites will exceed 100G over the coming three years. The project to deploy full-service metropolitan bearer networks uses Huawei's Packet Optical Transport System (POTS).

"The 'WDM/OTN to the edge' idea advocated by Huawei perfectly matches China Mobile's strategic plan to deploy full-service metropolitan bearer networks. They focus on future readiness, providing protection for bandwidth investment, and facilitating fixed mobile convergence," said Jack Wang, President of Huawei's Transmission Network Product Line.

http://pr.huawei.com/en/news/hw-346337-ict.htm

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ciena Introduces 8700 Packetwave Ethernet/DWDM Platform

Ciena introduced its programmable, 8700 Packetwave Platform, a multi-terabit Ethernet/DWDM switch designed to transform metro and inter-data center networks.

The new 8700 Packetwave integrates Ethernet and MPLS-TP switching with Ciena’s WaveLogic Photonics into a single, scalable platform. It leverages Ciena’s Service-Aware Operating System, OneControl Unified Management System, and SLA portal.  It can also be deployed in conjunction with Ciena’s V-WAN software to give customers performance-on-demand cloud service connectivity.

The 8700 supports the following applications:

  • High-capacity 10GbE to 100GbE Ethernet aggregation and switching over DWDM applications to support reliable and secure high-bandwidth services.
  • Packet applications including MPLS-TP, G.8032 Ethernet rings, and IEEE 802.1ad (QinQ) for more resilient and scalable architectures.
  • 40GbE/100GbE service demarcation support for differentiated MEF 2.0 compliant services.
  • Automated virtual cross-connect, enabling exchange operators to offer enterprise customers on-demand direct connectivity to cloud providers and network operators with collocated PoPs to greatly reducing cross-connect provisioning time to just minutes.

The 8700 represents the first in what Ciena believes will be a new class of networking product to help network operators rapidly deliver high-capacity services, efficiently aggregate users, and provide express connections to data centers. The platform seamlessly integrates 100GbE and 10GbE packet aggregation and switching, taking advantage of the performance and efficiency of modern merchant silicon, with Ciena’s 100G WaveLogic coherent optics and photonic technologies.

“The metro network is the new battleground and we are taking the best of the data center with the best of the metro to create a new, disruptive market opportunity and set the benchmark for metro core network builds. Our 8700 Packetwave Platform builds on our established leadership in packet networking, leveraging the convergence of carrier-grade packet switching and aggregation along with coherent optical networking and programmability to help transform metro networks into ‘on-demand’ platforms that can provide greater customization of communication services and applications," stated Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena.

Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform will be generally available in the summer of 2014.

http://www.ciena.com/products/8700/

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Coriant's Debuts mTera Universal Transport Platform

Coriant introducted its mTera Universal Transport Platform designed to serve a variety of roles in next-gen packet optical networks, including metro-to-LH gateway applications and on-demand data center connectivity. The Coriant mTera platform, which is the first product to come to market since the merging of Coriant and Tellabs, brings together compact, simplified and efficient traffic grooming from Tellabs and photonic-layer technology and system performance from Coriant.

Key attributes of the mTera platform include:


  • Density: Compact form factor which supports 7TB of switching capacity in half a rack; with two shelves supported per bay, this equates to 14TB of total switching capacity. It boasts 14 service slots and 6 switch fabric slots; the mTera will initially launch with 200G cards, with 500G cards scheduled for a future release.
  • Flexibility and scalability: Innovative, multiservice switching architecture capable of supporting both OTN and L2 switching seamlessly across every card and every port on the platform. The full complement of ODUx switching including ODU-0 grooming with ODU-Flex, Carrier Ethernet and MPLS-TP ensures the most cost-effective and efficient grooming solution for packet and transparent services. All interface cards are designed using the latest in pluggable interface technology: SFP+ for 10G and CFP for 100G, including 100G coherent DWDM. All interfaces support a host of white light and DWDM options.
  • Simplicity: Minimal set of highly flexible interface cards supported with unrestricted OTN and packet switching on every port. This simplifies ordering, sparing and deployment resulting in smoother, simpler and faster roll-outs for customers while minimizing the chances of error.
  • Resiliency: High degree of restoration flexibility by providing restoration coordination across multiple layers. From a physical architecture perspective, this includes redundancy in the switching fabrics, interface modules, power supply and processors, and from the network perspective, the integration of ASON/GMPLS control plane and SDN functions for end-to-end, multilayer capabilities.

"Hypergrowth driven by mobility, video and cloud applications continues to drive the need for new and innovative infrastructure solutions," said Pat DiPietro, Chief Executive Officer, Coriant. "We continue to make strategic investments in Coriant's portfolio to ensure our customers have the tools necessary to adapt to these dynamic market changes. The addition of mTera to our product portfolio strengthens Coriant's leadership in end-to-end packet optical networking while enabling service providers to cost-effectively meet the performance requirements of today's demanding transport applications."

The mTera platform is currently available and in trials with customers.

http://www.coriant.com/products/mtera_campaign.asp

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

inexio Deploys ADVA 100G Metro in Germany and Luxembourg

inexio, which operates over 5,000 km of fiber routes in Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Luxembourg, Lorraine and Belgium, has deployed the ADVA 100G Metro solution for regional connectivity in Germany and Luxembourg. The network serves both enterprise and residential customers. A long-standing customer of ADVA Optical Networking and Axians, inexio has benefited from the native scalability of the ADVA FSP 3000, gradually expanding its network infrastructure with customer demand.

“We're a company that believes in technology, that believes in trust, that believes in providing customers with the best experience possible,” said David Zimmer, managing director, inexio. “That's why we've developed such a long-term relationship with the team at ADVA Optical Networking and their partner Axians. They share our focus, our passion. Together we've built an incredibly responsive network, one that continues to meet the expectations of all our customers, whether they're enterprises seeking robust business continuity solutions or residents seeking the latest high-bandwidth connections - we provide everything they need. The ADVA 100G Metro is key to this and ensures that we have access to all the bandwidth we could want.”

http://www.advaoptical.com
http://www.inexio.net/

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