Ciena revamps packet networking with more capacity and software

8700 Packetwave platform from CienaCiena has introduced three new edge products and added capacity to its 8700 packet networking platform targeting service providers and large enterprises.

The addition of hardware and software capabilities to its packet networking portfolio allow service providers and enterprises to place compute power and high-capacity connectivity closer to end users – man and machine.

Optimization in costs, reduction in the service delivery agility gap, and high network availability are the benefits of the revamped packet networking platform from Ciena, a leading telecom equipment maker based in the U.S.

“It’s no secret that supporting the unpredictable bandwidth demands of today’s web-scale world is a priority and challenge for any company that operates a network. By bringing bandwidth closer to the point of end-user demand, our new packet networking capabilities make overcoming that challenge less daunting,” said Scott McFeely, senior vice president, Networking Platforms, Ciena.

Ciena said the new platforms enable network providers to reduce overall lifecycle costs, quickly respond to changing market conditions, and rapidly roll out new 10GbE and 100GbE offerings to serve business, mobile, and content applications.

Mobile network operators are under pressure to deploy more connections at faster speeds while monitoring and managing the performance of those connections to deliver thousands of end-user services.

Ciena said the new 5170 Service Aggregation Switch enables cost-effective delivery of carrier class 100GbE services direct to the customer premise along with dense 10GbE service aggregation in a compact, 1RU form factor. The 5170 is designed with an x86 server which powers Ciena’s Service Aware Operating System (SAOS) software and its open VNF hosting capabilities.

Ciena has added more than 2x capacity to the existing 8700 Packetwave platform assisting service providers to cost-effectively deploy more packet-based services. This capability is ideal for services of up to 100Gbps in support of enterprise business services, mobile backhaul and data center interconnect.

“Ciena’s packet networking solutions have given us the ability to efficiently deliver and aggregate enormous quantities of data at speeds from 1GbE to 100GbE, while meeting the strict service level agreements that our customers demand,” said Jack De La Garza, vice president of Engineering, Uniti Fiber.