One of the biggest challenges in technology today is making it all work seamlessly. As new ideas are introduced and new products hit the market, current systems are being stretched to the maximum. To help with it all, Ciena’s new Waveserver Platform has just been rolled out.
This new data center interconnect (DCI) platform introduced today is designed to allow cloud, Internet content providers and data center providers to quickly scale bandwidth and support high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. While that may seem to be asking a lot of one offering, it’s arriving just in the nick of time.
“The requirements of the new DCI operational paradigm can only be met by introducing new functionalities, tools and capabilities that live and breathe at web-scale,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, Ciena’s SVP of the Global Products Group, in announcing the rollout. “Ciena’s Waveserver encompasses multiple attributes of web-scale IT into the network to handle connections, offer open APIs, and support applications for any bandwidth need between data centers. The introduction of this platform further cements Ciena’s established DCI market leadership.”
Indeed, leveraging Ciena’s experience with deployments for some of the world’s largest Internet content players and leading data center providers—such as Equinix (News - Alert), Continuum, Digital Realty and Forsythe Data Center—the new platform “is powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic technology and built with open software principles to enable automation and simplify management,” the company said in a statement. Additionally, with Ciena’s new Emulation Cloud (an open, rapid prototyping environment), network providers, data center operators and developers can test and refine applications before they are added to the network.
As such, news of Waveserver’s arrival is creating buzz within the industry.
Jay Pabley, Equinix Vice President of Global Network Engineering commented: “Equinix infrastructure plays a critical role in the digital economy’s interconnected, on-demand era. Ciena’s Waveserver will enable us to provide more capacity, and more efficient data-center interconnect, using significantly less space and power, which will help us to cost-effectively service our customers and rapidly grow our web-scale network.”
Purpose built for web-scale metro DCI applications, Waveserver is a highly-compact, stackable interconnect system that provides a reliable, high-capacity link to interconnect multiple data centers within a metro area, the company noted. “With Ciena’s OPn architecture approach and a set of open APIs, network providers can program Waveserver manually or remotely to quickly establish a connection via any smart device. Waveserver acts as a ‘bandwidth server’ to provide ‘server-like’ deployment and provisioning.”
On Wednesday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m. (EDT), Ciena will host a live virtual event, “The Future of DCI: A Live Introduction to Ciena Waverserver” to discuss its new platform. The event will feature Rick Dodd, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Marketing and Strategic Market Development, as well as several product development engineers. To access the event, click here.