Intelligence in the network is an ingredient vital to our adaptive networking future. Coherent optics, adaptive IP and purpose-built hardware will deliver service providers the tools to take advantage of all that 5G can offer.
Ciena announced a new and improved packet networking portfolio, promising service providers the capabilities to seize the opportunity presented by 5G, Fiber Deep, business services and more. The focus of the enhancements was on simplifying access to metro networks, making it easier for service providers to adopt an adaptive networking approach.
Unpacking the specific enhancements, there are a number of notable portfolio additions. Starting with new IP capabilities to enhance the service-aware operating system (SAOS) to better equip the network to meet fluid network needs – In particular Ciena’s new 5162 Service Aggregation Platform and the 5170 Service Aggregation Platform. The Blue Planet Management portfolio gains Layer 3-aware route optimization and assurance capabilities – courtesy of Ciena’s Packet Design (News - Alert) purchase. The additions also include enhanced coherent optics aimed at improving bandwidth on the edge as well as the new 6500 Packet Transport System (PTS) offering efficiency and scalability.
“5G, IoT, Next-Generation Cable MSO Access, and L2/L3/VNF Business Services require that operators redefine what they need from their existing packet networks. Ciena’s new Adaptive IP capabilities provide a graceful migration path from legacy TDM (SONET/SDH/PDH) networks and traditional, closed IP-based architectures to more open, disaggregated, and programmable IP-based SDN architecture. This gives our customers greater control of their own destiny and lays the foundation of the ultimate end state – the Adaptive Network, which responds in real-time to changing demands,” Scott McFeely, Senior Vice President, Global Products and Services, Ciena.
MEF18 attendees will gain firsthand knowledge of the new product suite, where Ciena will be on hand to show the new wares off.
The adaptive, intent-based network is the network of the future. Network operators and service providers are best served buying into this reality.
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Edited by Maurice Nagle