Ciena has announced new packet networking solutions which are designed to help network operators accelerate the adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) services by changing the economics of metro packet aggregation.
With Ciena's new 5160 and 5142 Service Aggregation Switches, the company claim operators and large enterprises can now deploy "robust, small form-factor platforms that enable efficient delivery and aggregation of large quantities of data at speeds of 1GbE to 10GbE while meeting increasingly stringent SLAs."
Delivering on Ciena's architecture approach for creating programmable network infrastructures that claim to deliver much lower cost-at-scale and allow network operators to better monetise their networks, the 5160 and 5142 enable "rapid service delivery, agility and assurance while providing distinct operational benefits."
"Escalating use of bandwidth-heavy applications is creating even more demand for higher speed services, and consequently the need for ultra-high capacity metro infrastructures. Our research shows that 10 Gbps and higher speed installations are the fastest growing Carrier Ethernet services overall.
"Service providers face many CAPEX and OPEX decisions as they upgrade their infrastructures to meet this rising demand. Ciena's approach to deploying a cost-optimized platform such as the 5160 addresses the challenges of metro aggregation, while also enabling new gigabit Ethernet service offerings," said Rosemary Cochran, principal at Vertical Systems Group
Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, global products group, Cienasaid: "Operators are evolving their networks to keep pace with the need for high-speed, high-capacity Ethernet services. In many instances, one feature, such as small footprint or low power consumption, can be a gating factor for a given customer. By offering operators packet networking solutions that combine all of these features, we're carving out a new space where cost-effective, carrier-class platforms can have a significant impact on costs while still providing a carrier-class solution."