Ciena Unveils New DCI Platform to Address Scalability, Space, Automation Challenges for Networks

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Global next generation network enabler, Ciena is introducing a new data center interconnect (DCI) platform that allows 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.

With an extremely compact design that helps reduce real estate costs, Ciena’s new Waveserver™ stackable interconnect platform also provides 60 percent more capacity per rack unit and nearly 20 terabits per fiber versus competing available platforms, to support surging bandwidth demands of web-scale data centers.

Leveraging Ciena’s experience with deployments for some of the world’s largest Internet content players and leading data center providers, such as Equinix, Continuum, Digital Realty and Forsythe Data Centers, the new platform is powered by Ciena’s WaveLogic technology and built with open software principles to enable automation and simplify management.

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.

“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. 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.”, said, Francois Locoh-Donou, Senior Vice President, Global Products Group, Ciena.

“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.” Explained, Jay Pabley, Vice President, Global Network Engineering, Equinix.