Friday, March 17, 2017

NeoPhotonics Demos Coherent Transceiver for 400/600Gbps

At this week's Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles NeoPhotonics will demonstrate its pluggable Coherent CFP2-ACO module for 400G and up on a single wavelength over metro distances.

The NeoPhotonics' ClearLight CFP2-ACO Platform is capable of achieving single wavelength 200G, 400G and 600 Gbps transmission over Data center Interconnect through metro/regional distances.

The company said its ClearLight CFP2-ACO platform uses next generation optical components which are based on platforms that have been proven in volume production for 100G and 200G network applications. The platform uses NeoPhotonics’ high bandwidth Class 40 Coherent Receiver capable of 64Gbaud with 16-QAM to 64-QAM modulation.  This high bandwidth receiver maintains high sensitivity to simplify migration from 100G to 200G and 400G links.  The platform also uses NeoPhotonics’ industry leading high power, external cavity, ultra-narrow line width tunable laser with low power consumption. The ultra-narrow line widths enables higher order constellations with less processing requirements from the DSP.

The ClearLightTM  64 Gbaud CFP2-ACO demonstrates the ability to scale data capacity to 400G/600G on a single wavelength while maintaining performance and link budgets in DCI or metro/regional links.  The data capacity scaling optimizes the cost per bit and thus enables broad deployment of coherent transmission from short to long reaches.

"Our new ClearLightTM 64 Gbaud CFP2-ACO 400G/600G pluggable coherent transponder demonstrates a powerful new platform for NeoPhotonics which is capable of efficiently implementing 400G to 600G transmission networks," said Tim Jenks, Chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics. "This exciting new platform is made possible by our Advanced Hybrid Photonic Integration technology utilizing our latest advances in high bandwidth receivers and ultra-narrow linewidth lasers in conjunction with higher order modulation, " continued Mr. Jenks.

http://www.neophotonics.com

Telia Carrier Tests TIP's Voyager Platform with Coriant

Telia Carrier, the wholesale carrier division of Sweden-based Telia, announced that the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) and Facebook have completed a trial of 100 and 200 Gbit/s transmission utilising Voyager equipment and technology developed by Coriant over its 1,089 km Stockholm to Hamburg route.

Telia Carrier stated that a key feature of the trial was the demonstration of the ability to effectively implement 16QAM signalling over long distances. Facebook has contributed Voyager, a whitebox transponder and routing solution that is being made available to the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) with the aim of enabling more open networks and a more connected world.

The company noted that the TIP aim of bringing a new approach to building and deploying telecom networks aligns with its own Carrier Declarations program, designed to help Telia Carrier expand and develop its network organically and be a leader in industry innovation.


For the trial, Telia Company, the parent company of Telia Carrier and a TIP member, supported Telia Carrier in conducting the test of the Voyager solution and has shared the results of the trial with other member companies. Carried out in early March, the trial demonstrated that decoupled DWDM transponder systems can offer a low cost, low power option, while also providing the necessary flexibility and accessibility to allow service providers to implement them within existing networks.

Following the trial, Telia Carrier is working with TIP, Facebook and Coriant towards the objective of disaggregating the hardware and software components of the network stack as part of the wider effort to make connectivity available to all.

Facebook unveiled Voyager at the TIP Summit last November and contributed the design to the TIP community. Recently, TIP cited forthcoming trial deployments of the solution by Telia, and noted that Orange was working with Facebook and the TIP Open Optical Pack Transport project group to evaluate the solution


When it introduced the platform in November, TIP stated that Equinix had tested Voyager with Lumentum's open line system over 140 km of production fibre, and that MTN had shared the results of a test of Voyager over its production network in South Africa. In addition, it was noted that Facebook, Acacia Communications, Broadcom, Celestica, Lumentum and Snaproute would deliver a disaggregated hardware and software optical networking platform, while ADVA was providing support for the solution.

Xilinx to Demo FPGAs in 400G Ethernet, FlexE

At this week's Optical Fiber Communications (OFC) Conference and Exhibition in Los Angeles Xilinx will debut a number of solutions for high speed data center interconnect (DCI) solutions.

Xilinx will participate in a 400GE multi-vendor network demo featuring the world's first standards-based 400GE MAC and PCS IP in a Xilinx Virtex UltraScale+™ VU9P FPGA. Showcasing the emerging 400GE standard interoperability between multiple vendors, the demo illustrates the Xilinx 400G solution connecting to a Finisar 400GE CFP8 module which in turn connects to a Spirent 400G test module in the Ethernet Alliance booth.

Xilinx will also showcase a complete FlexE 1.0 solution with bonding, sub-rating and channelization on its UltraScale+ FPGAs. This solution demonstrates how multiple clients can be transported using FlexE and highlights the ability of FlexE to carry larger data pipes and match them to transport links for optimal utilization of the link budget. This solution allows network operators to maximize optical performance and lower operating costs over existing infrastructure.

A third demo shows how LLDP packets can be snooped on transport line cards to allow a SDN controller to build a network topology for automation integral to data center networks. It also shows the use of IEEE compliant MACsec to encrypt and authenticate the link for security. As more and more critical applications and data migrate to the cloud, MACsec provides data encryption and authentication to preserve privacy. Such a solution is mandatory in front of a traditional DSP to provide a complete DCI solution.

Another demonstration showcases Xilinx's new 56G PAM-4 transceiver test chip in 16nm FinFET delivering optimized performance for backplane and LR applications.

http://www.xilinx.com

VPIphotonics Upgrades its Photonic Simulation and Analysis Tools

VPIphotonics, a provider of photonic design automation solutions for components, systems and networks, has announced the release of VPIphotonics Design Suite Version 9.8, a simulation and analysis environment for optical components and transmission systems.

The latest release of VPIphotonics Design Suite supports four application-specific simulation tools - VPIcomponentMakerPhotonic Circuits, VPIcomponentMakerFiber Optics, VPItransmissionMaker Optical Systems and VPIlabExpert, and offers enhancements to the user interface and tools operation to help streamline the design and analysis processes. In addition, improved simulation capabilities enhance support for research and product development for new technologies, components and systems.

Target applications for VPIphotonics Design Suite span integrated photonics and optoelectronics, fibre-based lasers and amplifiers and low-cost high-speed direct detection and high-capacity flexible digital coherent systems.

Key new capabilities featured in version 9.8 include:

1. Data-sheet model for directly modulated lasers driven by multilevel data signals as used in PAM applications.

2. Added functionality for synchronising received and reference sequences for DSP and performance estimation.

3. Enhanced multimode fibre module to support coupling between different mode groups.

4. Improved doped multimode fibre solver to support cross-sections spectra of 2-level rare-earth dopant ions, besides Erbium ions, plus analysis tool for multimode amplifiers to characterise gain, noise, mode-resolved signal and noise powers, OSNRs and BERs.

5. Bidirectional electro-optic amplitude and phase modulator allowing control of the electro-absorption and -refraction effects in waveguides.

6. Enhanced modelling of curved waveguides with arbitrary shapes and a new library of waveguides with frequently used curvature shapes.

7. M x N arrayed waveguide grating model using the scattering matrix approach based on datasheet or measured data.

VPIphotonics' noted that Design Suite also incorporates over 850 demonstrations to show the functionality and application range, with new demonstrations for applications such as coded modulation, Stokes vector modulation, PAM, PON transceiver characterisation, 5G wireless backhaul over fibre, DBR fibre lasers and electrooptic components.

GigPeak to showcase 200G PAM4 VCSEL/DML

GigPeak, a supplier of semiconductor ICs and software solutions for high-speed connectivity and video compression over the network and in the cloud that is in the process of being acquired by Integrated Device Technology (IDT), announced that it will showcase a range of products for data centre and telecom markets at OFC 2017.

During OFC, the company will display technology including 200 Gbit/s PAM4 VCSEL and DML drivers for 200/400 Gbit/s applications, 100 Gbit/s LR TOSA and ROSA reference designs in partnership with Shijia Photons Technology, and its 64 Gbaud quad-channel linear optical modulator driver in a 14 x 9.1 mm SMT package for 400/600 Gbit/s coherent applications.

Datacom demonstrations conducted by GigPeak will include its HXT42400 in a TOSA reference design, providing a 4-channel 100 Gbit/s LR NRZ DML laser driver in TOSA, and HXR42400 in ROSA reference design, offering a 4-channel 100 Gbit/s LR NRZ TIA in ROSA, that enable customers to build TOSA/ROSA devices based on its reference design. It will also demonstrate its HXC42400 low power 4-channel 100 Gbit/s LR NRZ CDR integrated with the 100 Gbit/s LR NRZ TOSA/ROSA reference designs.

GigPeak will also show telecom demonstrations including the GX66471 4 channel 64 Gbaud driver targeting linecard and pluggable module vendors developing 400/600 Gbit/s products.

GigPeak noted that the TOSA/ROSA demonstration will involve the combined devices delivering 4 x 25.78 Gbit/s over a distance of more than 10 km of single mode fibre. The optical sub-assemblies utilise Shijia Photons Technology's TOSA/ROSA design and packaging capabilities, designed to simplify evaluation and expand availability of the designs.

The company noted that it is sampling in die form its DML driver and TIA, and expects to begin sampling 56 Gbit/s PAM4 DML drivers and TIAs in die form, as well as Shijia-manufactured TOSAs and ROSAs, in the second half of 2017.

http://www.gigpeak.com

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nokia Expands its 1830 Optical Portfolio

Nokia today announced an expansion of its flagship 1830 optical product family to help operators to scale their networks across premises access, metro aggregation and long haul data center interconnect (DCI).

Highlights of Nokia's new optical innovations include:


  • The Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Demarcation (PSD) is a carrier-class network demarcation device supporting Ethernet and wavelength services. It cost effectively extends metro optical networks to the customer premise, enabling resilient, high-capacity access to cloud services while providing end-to-end service assurance.
  • The  Nokia 1830 Photonic Service Interconnect (PSI) integrates the super coherent technology of the Photonic Service Engine 2 (PSE-2s) into a data center physical and operational form-factor, delivering the highest proven optical performance and flexibility available in a purpose-built DCI platform. Its unique modulation formats maximize spectral efficiency and distance for metro, long haul, and subsea networks.
  • New 100G line cards for the 1830 Photonic Service Switch address the high-capacity, low latency aggregation required to connect cloud service consumers to metro colors and edge data centers. Powered by the PSE-2 Compact (PSE-2c) metro-optimized 100G digital signal processor, the new 100G OTN and packet cards efficiently transport packet and OTN services in a compact, cost-effective form factor.


All new capabilities will be available in the first half of 2017.

http://www.nokia.com

ADVA Intros Direct Detect Open Optical Layer for DCI

ADVA Optical Networking introduced its direct detect open optical layer for Internet Content Providers and Cloud Network Providers who want to avoid the expense of traditional coherent solutions.

The new solution, which is a key expansion of the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect platform, is available in two distinct formats. It can either be bought as an Open Line System (OLS) in a disaggregated manner or as a complete solution that includes the terminal and the line system.

ADVA Optical Networking said one compelling feature of its OLS is its SmartAmp technology that enables direct detect transmissions to be transported up to 100km. By disaggregating the terminal functions from the line system, customers are able to evolve and optimize each network layer separately. Not only does this lead to significant savings in regards to footprint and power, but it also means that wavelengths can be used with any terminal equipment, such as switch routers or classic transponders.

“Our FSP 3000 CloudConnect™ helped change the DCI market. It transformed people’s expectations. Since its launch, we’ve continually innovated and driven forward our vision for the OLS,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, COO, ADVA Optical Networking.

http://www.advaoptical.com/

EchoStar XXIII Blasts into Orbit in SpaceX's

The EchoStar XXIII successfully launched into geostationary transfer orbit from the historic Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

EchoStar XXIII is a highly flexible Ku-band satellite based on Space Systems Loral's 1300 platform with four main reflectors and multiple sub-reflectors supporting multiple mission profiles. Initial commercial deployment of EchoStar XXIII will be at 45° West, and the Satellite End of Life (EOL) Power is 20 kilowatts (kW).

“This is the third satellite built for EchoStar by SSL to be placed on orbit since last June,” said John Celli, president of SSL. I would like to thank EchoStar, SpaceX and our own engineers and technicians who all worked as a team to make this launch a success.”

http://www.echostar.com

NeoPhotonics launches 1310nm Lasers for 100G QSFP28

NeoPhotonics has announced general availability of high power 1310 nm lasers and laser arrays qualified for applications in low-cost, non-hermetic packages for 100 Gbit/s silicon photonics-based QSFP28 modules targeting the data centre market.

NeoPhotonics stated that the new lasers and laser arrays are designed to address the need for custom high-power and non-hermetic lasers that provide the light source for silicon photonics-based transceivers providing 100 Gbit/s connectivity within the data centre. The company added that deployment of these transceivers delivered in standard MSA formats such as CWDM4, CLR4 and PSM4, typically in a QSFP28 form factor, is currently underway.

To support the emerging silicon photonics ecosystem, NeoPhotonics has developed and qualified according to the Telcordia GR-468-CORE Issue 2 standard, a range of high power, uncooled lasers and laser arrays for a number of major silicon photonics transceiver manufacturers.

NeoPhotonics' new lasers are designed to provide an efficient, high power light source that leverages a specific implementation of silicon-based high speed analogue and digital electronic devices and photonic components. The high power 1310 nm CW DFB lasers are qualified compliant with Telcordia GR-468-CORE Issue 2, which encompasses criteria including damp heat testing for powered non-hermetic devices. The products are production ready.

NeoPhotonics noted that its lasers are designed with a focus on three key customer requirements: the need for high optical power output, ranging from 40 to 7 0mW, for both NRZ and PAM4 modulation; proven reliability in non-hermetic packages to meet the volume and low cost requirements associated with mega-data centre applications; and custom features to allow the use of automated laser attach and alignment methods to help reduce assembly costs.

Regarding the products, Tim Jenks, chairman and CEO of NeoPhotonics, said, "These uncooled, high power non-hermetic CW DFB lasers and laser arrays are a key component for… emerging 100, 200 or 400 Gbit/s silicon photonics-based transceivers for data centre switching applications… the new lasers illustrate the wide ranging applications for NeoPhotonics' advanced hybrid photonic integration technology, efficiently combining high power InP laser technology with partners' silicon photonics modulator technology".

London Internet Exchange Picks Ciena for DCI

London Internet Exchange (LINX) has deployed Ciena’s Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform for connecting its data centers throughout London.

LINX has 11 points of presences (PoPs) across London, with more than 740 members connecting more than 70 different countries. LINX offers its members cost-effective and high-capacity links between its data centers to efficiently exchange traffic between a large number of diverse international peering partners.

Ciena said its Waveserver, LINX can provide multiple terabits of connectivity between its Harbour Exchange, Equinix LD5 and Interxion locations, enabled by the platform’s massive capacity and density—400 Gb/s of line capacity plus any mix of 10G, 40G or 100G of client Ethernet services up to 400 Gb/s, in a compact, one rack unit form factor.

http://www.ciena.com

German service provider Exaring deploys ADVA FSP 3000 for 100G

ADVA Optical Networking announced that German digital service provider Exaring has deployed its technology in what is believed to be Germany's first fully integrated platform for the delivery of IP entertainment services.

Based on the ADVA FSP 3000 solution, Exaring's new national backbone network is designed to transmit high-quality, on-demand TV and gaming services to approximately 23 million households across the country. The 100 Gbit/s core transport infrastructure deployed for Exaring, which also features the FSP Network Manager to provide high service availability, has a total of over 12,000 km of fibre. ADVA noted that its long-term partner dacoso designed and installed the network.

Exaring's new 80-channel optical transport system provides high capacity and low latency performance and will be used solely for the transmission of IP entertainment applications, including new technologies such as UHD 8K TV.

ADVA noted that the dedicated, high-capacity DWDM network for on-demand streaming and multi-player gaming will help Exaring to bypass Internet bottlenecks and deliver delay-free services to its customers. The flexible architecture is additionally designed to enable Exaring to quickly integrate and roll-out new services.

In November 2016, ADVA announced today that New England-based fibre communications provider 186 Communications has deployed its FSP 3000 in the northeast U.S. to expand its fibre backbone and address growing demand from broadband providers and enterprise customers.

Last December, ADVA announced that Columbia College Chicago had deployed the FSP 3000 platform for a 100 Gbit/s optical transport network designed to eliminate reliance on managed services and to enable the college to offer e-learning classes. The DWDM network connected the college's ten campus sites and featured low-latency, Layer 1 traffic protection.

http://www.advaoptical.com

Luxtera Partners with TSMC for Next Gen Silicon Photonics

Luxtera, a global provider of silicon photonics solutions, announced that it has partnered with TSMC for the manufacture of next generation silicon photonics solutions designed for future cloud, mobile infrastructure, enterprise and high-performance computing (HPC) platforms.

Under the agreement, Luxtera and TSMC are developing a new silicon photonics technology platform designed to provide more than double the optical link performance and four times the raw data throughput of competing silicon photonics solution on the market. The new silicon photonics platform will also enable full SoC integration of optical interconnect with the CMOS logic for applications such as network switch, storage or compute.

Luxtera stated that combined with TSMC silicon manufacturing capabilities and scale, its silicon photonic designs can enable optical interconnects that offer significantly higher performance at lower cost and power consumption to address the requirements of future data centres and 5G mobile networks.

Luxtera's latest platform will be used in a suite of next generation silicon photonics solutions to deliver 100 Gbit/s per lane optical interconnects, starting with 100GBase-DR and 400GBase-DR4 transceivers in 2018, and subsequently expanding to include other standards-based solutions for 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 Gbit/s and 1 Tbit/s optical interconnects.

In addition, complementing the new silicon photonics technologies, Luxtera will leverage TSMC's 7 nm CMOS process to deliver high performance with low power across its product portfolio.

http://www.luxtera.com


  • In September 2016, Luxtera announced it had shipped more than one million silicon photonics PSM4 transceiver products designed for applications in cloud computing data centres. The Luxtera 100 Gbit/s PSM4 optical transceivers include four independent transmitter and receiver channels integrating phase modulators, photodetectors, waveguides, grating couplers, electrical re-timers and control circuitry, powered by a single integrated laser.

Mellanox: 100G Transceiver Shipments Ramp Up Quickly

Mellanox Technologies reported that it has shipped more than 200,000 VCSEL and silicon photonics transceiver modules to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0, cloud, and enterprise 100Gb/s networks. The modules are delivered in the QSFP28 form factor as Active Optical Cables (AOCs) or as standalone pluggable transceivers.

“The 100Gb/s optical transceivers market has ramped very quickly and we have ramped our optical manufacturing capabilities with it, and are shipping multiple product families in high volume,” said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development and general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. “Multi-mode optics are the most cost effective solution on the market today to connect 25G and 100G Ethernet servers and switches over shorter data center reaches. For longer reaches, customers selected our silicon photonics-based PSM4 transceivers as the most cost effective, highest configurable, single-mode transceiver available.”

Recently, Mellanox announced that is has shipped over 100,000 Direct Attach Copper (DAC) cables for 100Gb/s networks. DAC are used to link servers and storage to Top-of-Rack switches; typically less than 3 meters in length. Transceivers and AOCs offer lengths up to 2km.

http://www.mellanox.com

OE Solutions Unveils 10G CWDM SFP+, 10/25G Transceivers

South Korea-based OE Solutions, a supplier of optical transceivers for communications applications, has announced the release of extended reach 10 Gbit/s CWDM SFP+ transceivers and high-density transceivers, including 2 x 10 Gbit/s compact SFP+, 4 x 10 Gbit/s QSFP+ and 25 Gbit/s SFP28, for wireless fronthaul applications.

CWDM transceivers

OE Solutions' new CWDM SFP+ transceivers which offer support for 1 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, as well as CPRI-2 to CPRI-8 for wireless network applications, utilise cooled DFB laser diodes combined with wide dynamic range APD detectors and proprietary circuitry to enable reach of up to 20 km for wavelengths up to 1611 nm.

The industrial temperature grade, extended reach transceivers are available for CWDM wavelengths from 1471 up to 1611 nm and complement the company's standard line of DFB-based 10 Gbit/s CWDM transceivers for wavelengths from 1271 to 1451 nm to provide a total of 18 channels.

The company noted that extended reach transceivers with directly modulated DFB lasers offer a cost effective alternative to EMLs for access network applications such as for wireless fronthaul and Ethernet service delivery.

The OE Solutions extended reach 10 Gbit/s CWDM SFP+ transceivers are currently sampling, with volume production scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2017.

New high-density transceivers

The industrial temperature grade high density transceivers are designed to enable high port densities in radio access network equipment to support the roll-out of next generation wireless infrastructures.

OE Solutions noted that in 2017 it is estimated that the number of 10 Gbit/s CPRI ports deployed will increase rapidly and exceed the total of all lower rate ports installed. In addition, the use of 25 Gbit/s transceivers is expected to significantly raise wireless fronthaul capacity over the next 12-18 months. Both of these developments are driving demand for physically denser solutions, which can be cost effectively addressed by increasing the number of wavelengths per transceiver cage and the bit rate per wavelength.

The new high-density transceivers being introduced by OE Solutions are as follows:

1. A 2 x 10 Gbit/s multi-rate (1270 and 1330 nm) bidirectional compact-SFP+ solution for distances up to 20 km.

2. A 4 x 10 Gbit/s multi-rate 850 nm QSFP+ device offering reach of up to 300 metres.

3. A 25 Gbit/s 1310 nm SFP28 solution with multiple rate and protocol options for distances up to 10 km.

The new high-density transceivers are currently sampling, with volume production due to commence in the second quarter of the year.

http://www.oesolutions.com

Arvizio Targets Augmented Reality Software

Arvizio of Ottawa, Canada, a developer of software solutions enabling augmented and mixed reality experiences, has announces the launch of the company and the completion of an initial funding round and opened its global headquarters in Ottawa.

Arvizio offers what is believed to be the first enterprise-class mixed reality server platform designed to enable real time collaboration and 3D visualisation across locations utilising platforms such as Microsoft HoloLens and other mixed reality devices.

Arvizio was co-founded in Ottawa in 2016 by Jonathan Reeves, current CEO, Alex Berlin, the company's president and COO, and Borys Vorobyov, current CTO. Mr. Reeves previously served at CloudLink Technologies (acquired by EMC), founded Mangrove Systems (acquired by Carrier Access), Sirocco Systems (acquired by Sycamore Networks) and Sahara Networks (acquired by Cascade communications).

Previously, Mr. Berlin was a founder and served as CEO of CloudLink Technologies, was co-founder and CEO of AFORE Solutions (acquired by Kuatro/Jabil) and chairman of Ambercore Software. Mr. Vorobyov previously founded SightPower, a company focused on large scale spatial data analysis and 3D visualisation, and co-founded Ambercore Software.

Arvizio has a team of experienced technology professionals with expertise in the areas of 3D spatial data processing, secure network communications, IoT and artificial intelligence (AI) and is applying this expertise to create advanced mixed reality solutions. By combining collaboration and 3D visualisation techniques, the company offers solutions that target a range of industry verticals, including healthcare, industrial, enterprise and education.

https://www.arvizio.io/

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

AT&T Expects 5G Rollout in Late 2018

AT&T voiced support for the decision last week by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) wireless standards body to accelerate some elements in the 5G new radio (NR) timeline.

AT&T said it now anticipates launching standards-based mobile 5G services to consumers starting as early as late 2018 -- a year ahead of previously announced schedules.

The accelerated schedule includes a plan to complete key components of the 5G standards needed to start chipset development in December 2017. That’s 6 months ahead of the expected 3GPP full Release 15. These key components include the specifications for 5G NR along with the non-standalone option for the core network interface.
The 3GPP decision was backed by 47 global operators and vendors.

AT&T noted that about 137 petabytes of data traffic crosses its network on an average business day. Data traffic on its mobile network has grown more than 250,000% since 2007. Video now makes up more than half of its mobile data traffic. In fact, video traffic grew over 75% and smartphones drove almost 75% of data traffic in the last year alone.

http://about.att.com/innovationblog/standardized_5g

Ciena Outlines Liquid Spectrum Vision for Optical Networks

Ciena outlined its "Liquid Spectrum" vision for empowering network operators to tune, control and dynamically adjust optical capacity in an on-demand world.

Liquid Spectrum will encompass a series of next-generation optical and software technologies, including Ciena’s reconfigurable photonic layer, WaveLogic Ai coherent optics, Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP), and new advanced software applications. Liquid Spectrum will use APIs and standard interfaces to support operators’ requirements for an accessible, open architecture.  Ciena said its Liquid Spectrum helps ensure the ideal amount of bandwidth is used at any given time.

In its initial introduction, Liquid Spectrum will feature advanced software applications including:

  • Performance Meter helps operators proactively ensure optimal system performance by providing access, for the first time, to real-time, accurate planning data for both the existing hardware and new planned services.
  • Bandwidth Optimizer uses customer-defined service policies and suggests the ideal capacity, hardware configuration and spectral placement for any channel, across any network path.
  • Liquid Restoration increases service availability with flexible adjustment of deployed coherent optical capacity as needed to route affected services across any available path in the network.
  • Wave-Line Synchronizer accelerates service provisioning, reduces manual provisioning steps and eliminates associated human errors across multi-vendor optical deployments.

Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai and Blue Planet MCP – two key elements of Liquid Spectrum – will be available in the second quarter of 2017. Liquid Spectrum and its initial software applications are slated for delivery by the end of this year.

“There was a time when network operators could easily predict their network traffic demands and capacity needs at any given time. But we’ve entered a new world with new rules where networks are more complex and mobile and cloud applications can disrupt overnight. With Liquid Spectrum, we are sharing our full vision and blueprint for the way future optical networks should be built to tackle the challenges of the next 10 years and beyond,” stated Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ciena.

http://www.ciena.com

CNEX Targets Next Gen SSD Controllers for Hyperscale

CNEX Labs, a private semiconductor company based in San Jose, California, closed its Series C round of financing led by Microsoft Ventures and joined by existing CNEX investors, bringing total funding to over $60 million to date.

CNEX is developing solid-state storage controllers and software for cloud, hyperscale, and enterprise data centers.

The company said it is working with tier-one data center customers and manufacturers of solid-state storage, including NAND flash and other storage media, to create a ground-up re-design of the traditional SSD controller architecture.

“CNEX is developing the next big innovation for solid-state storage through semiconductor and software solutions,” said Nagraj Kashyap, corporate vice president at Microsoft Ventures. “As data generation grows, so too must storage systems. Our support will help CNEX accelerate its contribution to new breakthroughs in the evolution toward a cloud-first world.”

“We place a high value on the expertise that comes with this commitment from Microsoft Ventures,” said Alan Armstrong, CEO and Co-Founder of CNEX Labs. “The industry sees impressive leadership from Microsoft in shaping a new generation of data centers, and the strategic guidance from Microsoft Ventures will be a key asset to CNEX as we launch our storage products into mass production for the global data center ecosystem.”

Worldwide data generation is expected to leap from four zettabytes per year in 2013 to 40 zettabytes per year by 2020 (one zettabyte is one billion terabytes). The sheer volume, variety, and velocity of data is driving the need for innovation in data center technology to store and deliver this data.

http://www.cnexlabs.com

Orange Business Adds Riverbed SteelConnect to SD-WAN Service

Orange Business will integrate Riverbed SteelConnect technology into its hybrid network portfolio. The two companies are working together to develop a virtual network function (VNF) that customers will be able to deploy on universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) at their site. Full compatibility will be maintained with existing services as enterprises transition applications to the cloud.

Riverbed said its SD-WAN offering, SteelConnect, provides an intelligent and simplified approach to designing, deploying and managing hybrid networks. Application performance is improved by real-time routing using the optimum links available between different networks. SteelConnect also enables zero-touch provisioning, allowing enterprises to set-up global networks quickly with easy management, providing a cost effective and superior end user experience.

The first Orange pilot customers will be connected during the second quarter 2017 using managed SteelConnect appliances. The VNF of the service is scheduled to be available at the end of 2017. This will provide full virtualization and orchestration managed through an easy-to-use ‘self-care’ portal to administer and prioritize applications.

“Historically, Orange and Riverbed have a strong relationship with joint innovation commitments to support developments in the network and cloud. Riverbed is a key partner, and we are working closely with them to integrate their SD-WAN technology into our network. This will provide our customers with yet more choice and simplicity in how they manage their infrastructure,” says Pierre-Louis Biaggi, vice president, Connectivity Business Unit, Orange Business Services.

“With the launch of our SD-WAN solution SteelConnect integrated into Orange’s hybrid network portfolio, Orange and Riverbed continue their journey of co-development aimed at rapidly introducing new services to the market in response to customers’ changing needs as they move more apps and services to the cloud. We look forward to even greater market acceleration as we leverage more of our joint portfolio and explore new options like the Service Delivery Platform announced at Mobile World Congress this year,” said Phil Harris, senior vice president and General Manager, Service Provider Vertical at Riverbed.

http://www.riverbed.com


Digital Realty Adds Data Center Space to Atlanta Campus

Digital Realty Trust plans to add approximately 50,000 square feet of interconnected retail colocation data center capacity to its existing 160,000 square feet in the southeast technical hub of Atlanta. The new facility will be connected via fiber to Digital’s existing facility at 56 Marietta Street, the region’s largest stand-alone data center.

Digital Realty said the Atlanta metro area is and extremely appealing interconnection location for enterprises, telecommunications providers and cloud providers given its minimal risk of natural disasters, low cost, reliable power, strong fiber infrastructure and peering capabilities.

http://www.digitalrealty.com