Ciena intros new aggregation switch, RLS for network densification

Tuesday 13 March 2018 | 15:50 CET | News

Ciena announced the new 8180 Coherent Networking Platform and 6500 Reconfigurable Line System to support densification in fibre backhaul networks and data centre connections. 

The 8180 Coherent Networking Platform is a high-density stackable packet aggregation switch that combines the density, openness, and programmability of a data centre switch with the capacity and embedded optical intelligence of Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optics. The 8180 supports 400G wavelengths and scales to 6.4 Tbps of packet switching.

The 6500 Reconfigurable Line System is a programmable, open and modular line system that scales to support the high-bandwidth requirements of metro and long-haul DCI as well as cable access applications. Designed to provide choice in how providers deploy their line systems (integrated or disaggregated), it also reduces footprint and expands fibre capacity with L-Band.

Both products will be generally available in the second half of 2018. Ciena is showing the products at OFC in San Diego, as well as demonstrating other optical products, such as its 6500 packet-optical platform and the 5170 Service Aggregation Switch. 

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