Network specialist Ciena announced that Virgin Media Business is deploying Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions to provide Data Center Interconnect services to Redstation, a UK data center operator and cloud service provider.
Virgin Media Business is now able to deploy high capacity managed services to satisfy growing demands from customers like Redstation for server virtualization, distributed storage and data backup, cloud computing and big data.
Ciena’s converged packet optical solutions deliver high-performance capacity scalable to 100G per wavelength. With this deployment, Virgin Media Business can grow its revenue by enabling customers such as Redstation to deliver hosted IT and cloud services to improve their end-customers’ business operations.
Redstation will also be able to avoid data bottlenecks during peak traffic times, so its customers don’t need to be concerned about downtime or temporary loss of access to data, the company said.
At the core of Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform is the third generation WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and advanced ROADM bridge features. The ROADM functionality ensures full agility for the addition and routing of new wavelengths, delivering the flexibility to dial up services as needed to meet Redstation’s specific requirements.
Ciena’s OPn architecture and packet-optical solutions give operators like Virgin Media Business the ability to modernize and monetize their networks to not only meet demand, but to quickly and cost-effectively introduce new managed services to enable cloud computing and server virtualization that help drive new business and revenue opportunities.
Virgin Media Business will also leverage Ciena’s advanced management solutions, including the OneControl Unified Management System, for simplified low-touch service management, which provides rapid service delivery, comprehensive service visualization, and robust network monitoring.
The deployment is part of Redstation’s ongoing expansion of its network. The company is planning to introduce its high-capacity network in its two Hampshire-based data centers before the end of 2013.