Ciena has announced that Virgin Media Business is deploying Ciena's converged packet optical solutions to provide Data Centre Interconnect services to Redstation, a UK data centre operator and cloud service provider.
This deployment showcases how Virgin Media Business can deploy high capacity managed services to satisfy growing demands from customers like Redstation for server virtualisation, distributed storage and data backup, cloud computing and big data.
With high-performance capacity scalable to 100G per wavelength, Virgin Media Business can grow its revenue by enabling customers such as Redstation to deliver hosted IT and cloud services to improve their end-customers' business operations. Redstation will also be able to avoid data bottlenecks during peak traffic times, so its customers don't need to be concerned about downtime or temporary loss of access to data.
Ciena's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with third generation WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and advanced ROADM bridge features, will allow Virgin Media Business to quickly and efficiently extend 100G managed wavelength services from its network core to end customers.
"Enterprise demand for bandwidth is increasing daily, and service providers need a flexible, scalable infrastructure in place to meet customer demand. Our OPn architecture and industry-leading packet-optical solutions give operators like Virgin Media Business the ability to modernize and monetize their networks to not only meet demand, but to quickly and cost-effectively introduce new managed services to enable cloud computing and server virtualisation that help drive new business and revenue opportunities," said Nick Walden, regional managing director, Northern Europe at Ciena.
Virgin Media Business will also leverage Ciena's advanced management solutions, including the OneControl Unified Management System, for simplified low-touch service management, which provides rapid service delivery, comprehensive service visualisation, and robust network monitoring.
Redstation is expected to introduce its high-capacity network in its two Hampshire-based data centres before the end of 2013.
"Today's businesses are becoming more reliant on cloud computing, mobile broadband and networks that support faster and more reliable data transfer between sites. With Ciena's technology, we are able to offer high capacity services that enable Redstation to support its customers growing demand for more bandwidth," said Jason King, head of business partners at Virgin Media Business.