Cloud Strategies

New Ciena Products Target Web-Scale Evolution

HANOVER, Md. – Growth in cloud computing, network virtualization and openness have created a new web-scale dynamic that is significantly changing the evolution of today’s network architectures. To address this dynamic, Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is introducing new capabilities that allow service providers, Internet content and cloud providers to deliver richer application experiences to their customers and connect massive amounts of users to content.

These innovations embrace the web-scale IT philosophy, delivering increased bandwidth and improved economics through greater efficiency, network automation and agility, and include extending the reach and capacity of submarine networks, simplifying and cost reducing metro and regional networks, and speeding deployment of small cell backhaul to improve coverage in an increasingly mobile-first world.

By supporting the concepts of web-scale IT in networking, Ciena is arming network providers to take advantage of the trends associated with this web-scale dynamic. Building on Ciena’s industry leadership in optical networking, packet and software and leveraging its OPn architecture approach to transform capacity into capability, these new capabilities include new WaveLogic 3 Extreme and Nano chipsets, the Coherent Select architecture for metro applications, and new small cell/mobile backhaul capabilities.

Ciena’s new WaveLogic 3 Extreme chipset provides maximum bandwidth at any distance for Ciena’s 6500 and 5430 converged packet optical platforms. It doubles capacity of metro and regional networks and combined with Flexible Grid technology has enabled up to 85% greater capacity in submarine networks. Already deployed by Verizon, Southern Cross, Japan-US Cable and Trans Pacific Express, these enhancements are essential for meeting web-scale demands in metro, regional and trans-oceanic networks.

The new WaveLogic 3 Nano chipset, being implemented across Ciena’s 6500 and 8700 platforms, recognizes that some web-scale applications need power and space efficiency more than raw capacity. WaveLogic 3 Nano is custom-tailored for metro economics, allowing high 100G densities in a much smaller footprint and using lower electrical power consumption.

Ciena’s new Coherent Select photonic architecture creates a simple, flexible metro architecture that is purpose-built for high-capacity user-to-content connectivity essential for today’s web-scale dynamics. Leveraging sophisticated software, Coherent Select paired with the native receiver tunability of WaveLogic chipsets, enables service providers to cost-effectively bring 100G closer to the metro using a simple-to-deploy connectivity model that provides the right economics for wide deployment scalability.

Content-rich web-scale applications are increasingly consumed via mobile devices. Addressing mobile congestion, coverage, and quality of experience issues, Ciena’s enhanced mobile backhaul solutions help mobile operators and wholesale backhaul providers rapidly deploy wireless small cells, both indoor and outdoor. Ciena’s new 3904 and 3905 Service Delivery Switches leverage Ciena’s field-proven packet leadership to ensure the backhaul portion of the small cell radio antennas is always available and that service level agreements (SLAs) are maintained.

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