Ciena Unveils Two New Packet Optical Solutions to Tackle Fiber Densification Challenges

Ciena Unveils Two New Packet Optical Solutions to Tackle Fiber Densification Challenges Image Credit: Ciena

Ciena announced two new products, 8180 Coherent Networking Platform and 6500 Reconfigurable Line System (RLS) to its packet-optical portfolio.

The pave the way for higher density, more adaptive networks that can support densification initiatives in applications such as Data Center Interconnect (DCI), 4G/5G and Fiber Deep, said Ciena.

Ciena said the 8180 and 6500 RLS platforms help tackle network complexity by combining massive bandwidth scalability and aggregation with integrated intelligence and programmability to improve the end-user experience.

These include: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 industry-leading capacity and embedded optical intelligence of Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optics. The 8180 offers powerful optical and packet capabilities with support for 400G wavelengths and scales to 6.4 Tb/s 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’s 8180 and 6500 RLS are both designed for ease-of-use with an IT-operational model, and 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.

Steve Alexander, CTO, Ciena
Ciena’s new 8180 and 6500 RLS help operators satisfy this need by focusing programmable and highly scalable resources at fiber dense points in the network.

Jimmy Yu, VP Optical Transport Market Research, Dell'Oro Group 
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. 

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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