100Gbit/s Ethernet Router Test: ZTE
We were greeted by a competent team of engineers who were well-versed in core and edge routing/MPLS platforms, fueled by 100Gigabit Ethernet interfaces. The router brought forth by ZTE to the test was the ZXR10 M6000-16, a full rack router with two sets of 11 slots of which we only needed 6. The model names for the 10GbE and 100GbE cards respectively are 04XG-SFP+S and 01CGE-CFP-S, with Reflex Photonics Inc. 's LR4 CFP used in the 100GbE card.
ZTE explained that the ZXR10 M6000-16 configuration we tested is also marketed as a configuration of the ZXR10 T8000 using identical hardware and software. According to ZTE, the results presented in our article should fit both routers. As ZTE mentioned, if one would upgrade a previous version of the ZXR10 M6000-16 or T8000 to use 100GbE, one would need the interface itself and an updated switching fabric -- the current install base of chassis are otherwise prepared. For optics ZTE used Reflex Photonics LR4 CFPs, although they told us they are currently working on building their own. ZTE chipsets, ZTE optics, ZTE routers -- vertical integration to a degree you rarely see in this industry.