While network operators around the world are wooed with virtualization and all the awesomeness of the cloud and software-defined solutions, it is important to remember that hardware still plays a key role in modern networks.
Petlaluma, California-based start-up Tibit Communications announced the availability of the Tibit MicroPlug OLT (Optical Line Terminal), the industry’s first fully pluggable OLT. The newly unveiled solution reduces cost, consumption and footprint while transforming switch ports into 10-Gigabit PON (Passive Optical Networking) ports.
"Our challenge was to do something never attempted in this industry -- reduce an entire OLT, including an entirely new ASIC and 10G optics, into a standards-based pluggable form factor," said Richard Stanfield, CEO of Tibit Communications. "The result is a product that saves an extraordinary amount of space and power, and we are encouraged by the strong market reception of this game-changing device."
The Tibit MicroPlug allows switch vendors to add value to deployed 10G switch ports it targets service providers leveraging CORD and NFV to swap with legacy hardware. The result is a reduction in footprint of 95 percent, and a drop in power consumption to the tune of 75 percent.
Mike Nielsen, VP Packet Software & Access R&D at Ciena says, "Tibit's MicroPlug™ OLT removes the costs and footprint of traditional OLTs from the carrier network while extending PON access into an array of environments. This revolutionary new device will help us advance our innovation agenda, particularly across our Packet Networking portfolio."
The network is in the midst of modernization, migrating toward an era of more intelligent, adaptive operations. What’s in your network?
Edited by Maurice Nagle