Ciena Modernizes Packet Networking with Service-Aware Enhanced IP Capabilities

Ciena Modernizes Packet Networking with Service-Aware Enhanced IP Capabilities Image Credit: Ciena

Ciena is bolstering its Packet Networking portfolio with new Adaptive IP capabilities, coherent optics, and purpose-built hardware platforms.

Ciena said it is bringing to market solutions that are open, cost-effective, and disaggregated making them simpler to deploy, manage, and maintain. The new portfolio features also significantly reduce network operators’ power, cost, and footprint requirements. 

Ciena is investing in several enhancements to its Packet Networking portfolio, including: Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) enhanced with IP capabilities targeted at specific high-growth applications - Based on a streamlined, modular, open, and highly programmable IP architecture, Ciena’s SAOS empowers providers via an “Adaptive IP” approach. This improves service velocity, shortens time-to-revenue, and enables an adaptive network to best address evolving end-user network service requirements for existing, new, and emerging applications with a highly differentiated quality of service. 

Ciena’s new 5162 Service Aggregation Platform as well as the 5170 Service Aggregation Platform will be the first to offer enhanced SAOS, enabling providers to address L3 VPN business services. Additional Adaptive IP features will be developed and integrated across Ciena’s Packet Networking platforms. Coherent Optics – This allows for rapid, cost-effective scaling to address ongoing bandwidth growth, specifically toward the network edge.

Supporting coherent optics simplifies network designs with notable reductions in power, space, cost, and overall operational complexity. 6500 Packet Transport System (PTS) – The 6500 PTS converts legacy TDM business services (SONET/SDH/PDH) into packet flows to be carried over a more efficient and scalable packet network. This allows network operators to continue supporting existing TDM customers while also addressing new, high-growth applications – all over a single, converged packet-based transport network. 

Blue Planet Management Portfolio – Added to Ciena’s existing Blue Planet Management portfolio are new Layer 3-aware Route Optimization & Assurance capabilities obtained from the recent acquisition of Packet Design for improved IP network designs, operation, and management, from end-to-end.

Scott McFeely, SVP, Global Products and Services, Ciena
5G, IoT, Next-Generation Cable MSO Access, and L2/L3/VNF Business Services require that operators redefine what they need from their existing packet networks. Ciena’s new Adaptive IP capabilities provide a graceful migration path from legacy TDM (SONET/SDH/PDH) networks and traditional, closed IP-based architectures to more open, disaggregated, and programmable IP-based SDN architecture. 

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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