Ciena Expands Packet Networking Portfolio

Ciena Corporation has announced new packet networking solutions designed to help network operators accelerate the adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services by changing the economics of metro packet aggregation. Driven by increased capacity requirements to provide everything from mobile data services and backhaul to enterprise data and cloud services – including dynamic bandwidth on-demand – today’s operators are seeking scalable, cost-effective aggregation and service delivery at the network edge. With Ciena’s new 5160 and 5142 Service Aggregation Switches, operators and large enterprises can now deploy robust, small form-factor platforms that enable efficient delivery and aggregation of large quantities of data at speeds of 1GbE to 10GbE while meeting increasingly stringent SLAs.

Delivering on Ciena’s OPn architecture approach for creating programmable network infrastructures that deliver much lower cost-at-scale and allow network operators to better monetize their networks, the 5160 and 5142 enable rapid service delivery, agility and assurance while providing distinct operational benefits. These benefits include 10GbE service activation testing, extended temperature range support, full synchronization support, and greatly reduced power and space footprint – all critical aspects of improving customer satisfaction and overall deployment lifecycle costs. These new E-Suite platforms are seamlessly integrated with the latest packet capabilities on the widely deployed 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and leverage the field-proven, full-featured Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) provided by Ciena’s existing portfolio of packet networking and converged packet optical solutions.

Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, global products group, Ciena said “Operators are evolving their networks to keep pace with the need for high-speed, high-capacity Ethernet services. In many instances, one feature, such as small footprint or low power consumption, can be a gating factor for a given customer. By offering operators packet networking solutions that combine all of these features, we’re carving out a new space where cost-effective, carrier-class platforms can have a significant impact on costs while still providing a carrier-class solution.”

Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group added “Escalating use of bandwidth-heavy applications is creating even more demand for higher speed services, and consequently the need for ultra-high capacity metro infrastructures. Our research shows that 10 Gbps and higher speed installations are the fastest growing Carrier Ethernet services overall. Service providers face many CAPEX and OPEX decisions as they upgrade their infrastructures to meet this rising demand. Ciena’s approach to deploying a cost-optimized platform such as the 5160 addresses the challenges of metro aggregation, while also enabling new gigabit Ethernet service offerings.”

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