What we know about Ciena data center interconnect platform

Ciena revealed its plans to launch a new data center interconnect (DCI) platform targeting cloud, Internet content providers and data center providers.

Ciena said that its new Waveserver stackable interconnect platform provides 60 percent more capacity per rack unit and nearly 20 terabits per fiber as compared with competing platforms.

The new data center interconnect platform from Ciena assists in scaling bandwidth and supporting data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers, said Ciena in a statement.

Ovum says DCI revenue rose more than 16 percent to $2.5 billion in 2014. Nearly one-half of all DCI spending in 2014 was from communications service providers (CSPs), while the Internet content provider (ICP) segment grew 64 percent. Overall global DCI revenue to touch $4.2 billion by 2019, said Ovum.

“Traditional optical platforms were designed for telco environments not data center environments making scale difficult. Ciena’s Waveserver stackable DCI platform is specifically designed for delivery of high-capacity DCI in a manner that is consistent with how ICP’s currently build and operate their networks,” said Ron Kline, principal analyst, Intelligent Networks at Ovum.

Some of the data center clients of Ciena include Equinix, Continuum, Digital Realty and Forsythe Data Center.

“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,” said Jay Pabley, vice president, Global Network Engineering, Equinix.

Ciena’s new Emulation Cloud allows network providers, data center operators and developers to test and refine applications before adding to the network.

The company said Waveserver provides a total of 800G of input and output made up of 400G Ethernet clients plus 400G of line capacity in one rack unit. It also frees network owners from having to upgrade their hardware as they increase their client rates by supporting an arbitrary mix of 10, 40, and 100GbE clients.

“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,” said Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, Global Products Group of Ciena.

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