Data Center Interconnect

Alcatel-Lucent Expands Metro Optical Family

PARIS -- Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) is to address the growing needs of service providers and large enterprises in coping with ever-increasing demand for high-bandwidth data traffic in metro and data center networks by expanding its portfolio of agile optical networking technologies.

As Enterprises and consumers embrace the promise of cloud services for content and applications, the metro network is coming under increasing pressure from massive traffic growth as well as changing traffic patterns. This is driving fundamental architectural changes in an attempt to optimize network flexibility and economics for service providers and their enterprise and consumer customers.

Alcatel-Lucent is extending its successful 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS) optical transport platform – to date in use by more than 500 customers worldwide – with the addition of new family members designed with a small form factor specifically for deployment in metro networks. These flexible optical networking units will allow operators and enterprises to scale their network capacity with any mix of services as traffic increases.

The new platforms support communications network services such as access aggregation, content delivery, and mobile backhaul to meet the needs of service providers. In addition, the multi-functional technology supports the network services needed by large enterprises, including data center interconnectivity and wide area networking.

The new 1830 PSS-4, 1830 PSS-8 and 1830 PSS-16 also extend Alcatel-Lucent’s cloud-optimized metro portfolio – designed to meet the next generation of cloud-based customer demand by delivering agility, scale and efficiency across metro networks. These platforms support any mix of high-performance packet, optical and photonic services. ‘No compromise distributed switching’ and the ability to smoothly scale allow operators and enterprises to ‘pay as you grow’, easily adding capacity to meet demand.

The 1830 PSS Cloud-Optimized Metro platforms address the future needs of metro networks, which are expected to see 560% growth in traffic by 2017, according to a study by Bell Labs. In its most recent optical networking market share and forecast report*, Infonetics Research (a part of IHS, Inc.) estimates that metro WDM investment will be $35 billion during the next five years.

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