How big of an undertaking is involved with bringing WaveLogic Ai to market? It’s more than just moving more bits.

What does it take to introduce a new, transformational networking technology to market?  How do you deliver innovation that brings tremendous value to customers one year earlier than they could access it otherwise?

You use a team that has done it before. With 40G, with 100G, with 200G, and now with 400G.

The Innovation

Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai, our recently available next generation coherent technology, is establishing new performance and economic benchmarks in optical networking. Operators can now double the capacity they can carry for each transponder they deploy and go longer distances without the need for regenerators. They can offer differentiated higher capacity wavelength services and gain efficiencies in DCI and metro applications with the industry’s first single carrier 400G solution.  

How big of an undertaking is involved with bringing WaveLogic Ai to market? It’s more than just moving more bits.

The People

This type of innovation doesn’t happen overnight. It takes commitment, from a team of several hundred people across a wide functional skillset that are the best at what they do. That’s Ciena’s WaveLogic team, a team that includes the experts who introduced coherent technology in commercial optical systems in 2008 and the industry’s first 100G in 2009.

How big of an undertaking is involved with bringing WaveLogic Ai to market? It’s more than just moving more bits.

It takes a deep understanding of customer networking challenges across a wide range of application spaces to translate these into technical requirements. It requires experts in optical propagation, high speed analog, digital signal processing, machine learning and ASIC design to translate a very complex technical undertaking into a commercial offering. Software design, systems and verification engineers ensure the final product is operationally simple and robust. Our experienced link engineering team provides system performance guarantees.

Finally, supply chain experts make sure we can help our customers ramp on a global scale. With our team’s experience, along with tight program management, many of these activities were completed in parallel to accelerate time-to-market.  Our proven ability to deliver industry leading solutions to market is the reason Ciena is ranked #1 by service providers globally in technology innovation and R&D.

With our move to our brand new Ottawa campus this year, we were unable to hold our annual Vectors event, where we open our R&D labs to customers, partners, and analysts. There they get to meet some of the best and brightest network engineers, share ideas, and gain insights into what’s coming next in the communications industry.

But you can still meet some of them today. Sit back, relax, and meet some of the folks that brought 400G to optical by watching the video below. And if you’d like to see our WaveLogic Ai solution in action, you can watch this In the Lab demo too.