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MRV Unveils OptiPacket for Metro Edge

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CHATSWORTH, Calif. -- MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC) (“MRV”), a leading provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, announced today the launch of the groundbreaking OptiPacket (OP-X) metro service edge platform. The new OP-X series of products combines the field-proven technology and expertise of MRV’s optical and packet product families into an all-in-one, highly flexible, intelligent architecture. By optimizing the platform for packet, optical and converged packet-optical networks, MRV is enabling service providers to seamlessly deliver multilayer services over the same metro service edge. This, along with the solution’s industry-leading bandwidth capacity, port density and power efficiency, makes it easier for service providers to manage unpredictable bandwidth demands and develop a strong foundation for software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and other future software-driven services.

“Rapid metro traffic growth is driving new metro network architecture priorities, with a much greater focus on both packet functionality and optics. In this new Packet-Optical Transport 2.0 era, metro equipment must be highly converged, modular and scalable to 100G line rates and multi-terabit capacities. In addition, we are seeing strong operator interest in switched OTN in the metro to help support convergence and address service providers’ evolving traffic needs,” said Sterling Perrin, senior analyst for Heavy Reading.

Capitalizing on the latest innovations in packet and optical technologies, the new OptiPacket platform offers outstanding efficiency and intelligence to support ultra-high bandwidth 10Gbps and 100Gbps high-density interfaces. Service providers are able to deploy the OP-X platform as a packet-only solution in high-capacity mega points of presence (POPs) for broadband aggregation applications, or utilize it as an Optical Transport Network (OTN) solution for the transport and management of multiprotocol telecom networks. The flexibility of the OptiPacket™ platform is fully maximized when used as a converged packet-optical solution, as features from multiple layers can be combined according to a service provider’s network demands. The platform also offers the following unique features:

  • Tremendous Capacity, Density and Power Efficiency: Large scale 3.2Tbps universal switch fabric for packet and OTN services in 8RU, while only generating 0.8nW per bit.
  • Innovative Software Design: Enables a distributed x86-based architecture to allow all control plane functions to be moved to a virtual network controller in order to better support SDN/NFV and other software-based services.
  • Flexible Packet Interface Cards: Support for Ethernet, MPLS, IP and more allows service providers to offer a variety of Layer 1, Layer 2 and Layer 3 converged services on a unified platform.
  • End-to-end Optical/Ethernet/MPLS Solution: Highly integrated with the MRV OptiSwitch Carrier Ethernet 2.0 access solutions and Pro-Vision comprehensive service delivery software to enable end-to-end multilayer provisioning and Operation, Administration and Maintenance (OAM).

    MRV Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: MRVC)

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