Ciena upgrades packet-optical portfolio to support fiber densification

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Ciena announced it has added aggregation, scale and programmability capabilities to its packet-optical portfolio to help providers support densification initiatives in applications such as data center interconnect (DCI), 4G/5G and Fiber Deep architectures.

Wireless, cable and data center operators are turning to densification initiatives to boost network capacity and grow competitive advantage in response to the continued growth of mobile devices along with increasing consumer demand for high-speed connectivity.

The new 8180 Coherent Networking Platform and 6500 Reconfigurable Line System (RLS) platforms promise to tackle network complexity by combining massive bandwidth scalability and aggregation with integrated intelligence and programmability to improve the end-user experience by enabling faster network rollouts to support bandwidth-hungry services like streaming video, virtual reality and future IoT and machine-to-machine applications such as digital health services and self-driving vehicles.

The 8180 Coherent Networking Platform is a high-density stackable packet aggregation switch that combines the density, openness, and programmability of a data center switch with the capacity and embedded optical intelligence of Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optics. The 8180 supports 400G wavelengths and scales to 6.4 Tbps of packet switching.

The 6500 Reconfigurable Line System is a programmable, open and modular line system that scales to support the highest bandwidth requirements of metro and long-haul DCI as well as cable access applications. Designed to provide choice in how providers deploy their line systems (integrated or disaggregated), it also reduces footprint and expands fiber capacity with L-Band, Ciena says.

Both platforms include common open APIs for software programmability, automated provisioning and streaming telemetry as well as simpler integration with back-office systems.

Both products will be generally available in the second half of 2018.

“We live in a fast-paced, ‘app-driven’ world where users have insatiable bandwidth needs and want on-demand services. Survival means offering an incredible customer experience that can only be delivered through more adaptive networks that deliver content and services with on-demand agility,” said Ciena CTO Steve Alexander.

“For network providers, delivering an optimal customer experience that can keep pace with user demand is a top priority but often a difficult task as one can never predict the next ‘killer app’ or viral event that adds more strain to the network,” said Jimmy Yu, VP of Optical Transport Market Research at Dell’Oro Group. “We think this has drawn providers to consider the option of disaggregated optical systems – such as the ones developed by Ciena for transponders and now switching and line systems – that provide flexibility and choice, especially at the network edge close to the end-user where bandwidth demand will grow the most.”

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