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Packetwave Platform


As data center and end-user applications continue to proliferate, packet-dominated traffic running from user to content and from content to content is surging, resulting in significant changes to the patterns, dynamics, and scale of traffic within metro networks. The 8700 is purpose-built to address the specific packet network business challenges associated with metro and regional networks, allowing network operators to maintain pace with rapidly evolving market trends.


Ciena awarded 5 Diamonds for 8700 Packetwave Platform

BTR Diamond Technology Review awarded Ciena 5 Diamonds for the 8700 Packetwave Platform, plus the platform was named a Diamond Technology Review Innovation Award Winner. This video discusses the game-changing technology attributes of the 8700 Packetwave® Platform and why BTR offered the platform its highest honor.

Why 8700?

Purpose-built: compact and dense

Expand your network capabilities without expanding your data center. The 8700 is half the size of standard units. By leveraging the very latest in available hardware, along with innovative design techniques, the 8700 directly addresses space constraints with an industry-leading combination of compactness and capacity.

Energy-efficient 10GbE and 100GbE

Reduce energy requirements while increasing network capabilities. The 8700 requires half the energy of standard units. Energy costs are a primary contributor to surging monthly operating expenses for data center and network operators today, and are only expected to increase. The 8700 achieves industry-leading energy efficiency, so not only is it better for the environment, but also for the bottom line of network operators.

Simpler metro Ethernet networks

Metro network operators are seeking innovative approaches to design and deploy metro packet networks unburdened by the complexities of traditional high-touch IP-based network architectures. The 8700 was designed to facilitate a new metro network approach

Game-changing WaveLogic Photonics integration

By integrating our deep photonics expertise into a multi-terabit, programmable Ethernet switching and aggregation platform, network operators can significantly optimize and simplify their metro Ethernet networks, yielding many measurable benefits, including simplicity, capacity, scalability, power and space efficiency, and compelling economics.

Programmable Ethernet

The 8700 is designed from inception to be fully programmable allowing network operators to migrate existing static services to dynamic, on-demand services. When used in conjunction with Ciena’s applications, the 8700 allows performance-on-demand connectivity with a smooth migration path toward a fully open SDN architecture.

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No. 1

Industry-leading 10GbE and 100GbE density and compact form to address space constraints

No. 2

Low power consumption to keep growing operational expenses in check

No. 3

Flexible configuration options with fully modular 4-slot or 10-slot chassis variants

No. 4

MEF CE 2.0 certified for E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, and E-Access for improved service offerings; E-Line and E-Access up to and including 100GbE

No. 5

Hardware-assisted packet OAM capabilities for guaranteed SLA differentiation

No. 6

Zero-Touch Provisioning for rapid, secure, and error-free turn-up of packet services

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  • +Physical Specifications
    • Description 4-Slot 10-Slot
      W X DX H (mm) 483 X 600 X 267 483 X 600 X 445
      W X DX H (Inches) 19 X 23.5 X 10.5 19 X 23.5 X 17.5
      Chassis per Rack 7 4
      Weight (Max) 91Lb/42Kg 147Lb/66Kg
      DC Input -40Vdc To -60Vdc
      AC Input 180Vac To 265Vac
      Power Consumption (Watts@ 25°C/ -48V DC) (no optics) 1150 (Typical) 1650 (Maximum) 2100 (Typical) 3000 (Maximum)
      Operating Temperature

      32°F to 104°F
      0°C to 40°C

      The system has been tested
      and complies with the NEBS
      short-term operating requirement
      of -5°C to 55°C (23°F to
      131°F). Short-term is defined
      in NEBS as a period of not
      more than 96 consecutive
      hours and a total of not more
      than 15 days in 1 year. (This
      refers to a total of 360 hours
      in any given year, but not
      more than 15 occurrences
      during that 1-year period.)

      Storage Temperature -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C)
      Relative Humidity 5% To 90% (Non-Condensing)
      Air Flow Right Front to Left Rear Lower Front to Upper Rear
  • +Service Line Module
    • 20x 1GbE/10GbE SFP/SFP+ ports per PSLM-200-20:
      • 1 to 4 modules per 4-slot system; 1 to 80 ports
      • 1 to 10 modules per 10-slot system; 1 to 200 ports
    • 2x 40GbE/100GbE CFP ports per PSLM-200-2:
      • 1 to 4 modules per 4-slot system; 1 to 8 ports
      • to 10 modules per 10-slot system; 1 to 20 ports
    • 2x 100G OTU-4 wrapped 100GbE over WaveLogic 3 Nano DWDM ports per CSLM-200-2:
      • 1 to 4 modules per 4-slot system; 2 to 8 ports
      • 1 to 10 modules per 10-slot system; 2 to 20 ports
    • 10x 1GbE/10GbE + 1x 100GbE per PSLM-200-11:
      • 1 to 4 modules per 4-slot system; 11 to 44 ports
      • 1 to 10 modules per 10-slot system; 11 to 110 ports
    • Any module; any slot
    • Control Timing & Switch Module (CTX):
      • 1x 10/100/1000M RJ-45 Management DCN port
      • 1x Console Port (RJ-45, EIA-561)
    • Switch Module (SM):
      • No external interfaces
    • Input/Output Module (IOM):
    • 16x External alarm Inputs; 4x External alarm outputs
    • 2x RJ-45 sync input/output port
    • 4x SMB sync input/output ports
  • + Ethernet
    • Hierarchical Quality of Service (HQoS) including Ingress Metering/Egress shaping
    • IEEE 802.1ad Provider Bridging (Q-in-Q) VLAN full S-VLAN range
    • IEEE 802.1D MAC Bridges
    • IEEE 802.1p Class of Service (CoS) prioritization
    • IEEE 802.1Q VLANs
    • IEEE 802.3 Ethernet
    • IEEE 802.3ab 1000Base-T via copper SFP
    • IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
    • IEEE 802.3ba-2010 40GbE & 100GbE
    • IEEE 802.3z Gigabit Ethernet
    • Jumbo Frames to 9,600 bytes
    • Layer 2 Control Frame Tunneling
    • Link Aggregation (LAG): Active/Active; Active/Standby
    • MEF 10.2 Egress Bandwidth Shaping per EVC per COS
    • Per-VLAN MAC Learning Control
    • Private Forwarding Groups
    • VLAN tunneling (Q-in-Q) for Transparent LAN Services (TLS)
  • + MEF CE 2.0 certified
    • E-Access: Access EPL, Access EVPL
    • E-Tree: EP-Tree, EVP-Tree
  • + Carrier Ethernet OAM
    • EVC Ping (IPv4)
    • IEEE 802.1ab Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP)
    • IEEE 802.1ag Connectivity Fault Management (CFM)
    • IEEE 802.3ah EFM Link-fault OAM
    • ITU-T Y.1564 Ethernet Service Activation Test Methodology
    • ITU-T Y.1731 Performance Monitoring (SLM; DM)
    • RFC 2544 Benchmarking Methodology for Network Interconnect Devices
    • RFC 5618 TWAMP Responder and Receiver TWAMP Sender
  • + Synchronization
    • Line Timing Interfaces:
      • 1GbE/10GbE In and Out (PSLM-200-20)
      • 40GbE/100GbE In and Out (PSLM-200-2)
    • External Timing Interfaces:
      • BITS In or Out (T1: 1.544Mb/s, E1: 2.048MHz and 2.048Mb/s)
      • GPS Frequency In or Out (1.544MHz, 2.048MHz, and 10MHz)
    • GR-1244
    • ITU-T G.813
    • ITU-T G.823/G.824
    • ITU-T G.8262 Synchronous Ethernet
    • ITU-T G.8262/G.8264 EEC option1 and option2
    • ITU-T G.781
    • Stratum 3E oscillator
  • +Networking Protocols
    • Alarm Indication Signaling (AIS) with Link Down Indication (LDI) and Remote Defect Indication (RDI)
    • Automatic Pseudowire Reversion
    • ITU-T G.8032 v1, v2, v3 Ethernet Ring Protection Switching
    • Layer 2 Control Frame Tunneling over MPLS Virtual Circuits
    • MPLS Label Switch Path (LSP) Tunnel Groups
    • MPLS Label Switch Path (LSP) Tunnel Redundancy
    • MPLS Multi-Segment Pseudowires
    • MPLS Virtual Private Wire Service (VPWS)
    • OSPF/IS-IS for Dynamic MPLS-TP Control Plane
    • RFC 2205 RSVP
    • RFC 3031 MPLS architecture
    • RFC 3209 RSVP-TE: Extensions to RSVP for LSP
    • RFC 3630 OSPF-TE
    • RFC 4447 Pseudowire Setup & Maintenance using Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
    • RFC 4448 Encapsulation Methods for Transport of Ethernet over MPLS Networks (PW over MPLS)
    • RFC 4664 Framework of L2VPN (VPLS/VPWS)
    • RFC 4665 Service Requirement of L2 VPN
    • RFC 4762 VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Service) and Hierarchical VPLS (H-VPLS)
    • RFC 5654 MPLS-Transport Profile (TP)
      • LSP Static provisioning
      • LSP Dynamic Provisioning
      • 1:1 Tunnel protection
    • RFC 5884 LSP Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) via GAL/G-Ach channels
    • RFC 6215 MPLS Transport Profile Userto-Network and Network-to-Network Interfaces
    • RFC 6426 MPLS On-demand Connectivity Verification and Route Tracing
    • RFC 6428 LSP and PW Connectivity Verification and Trace Route
    • Static ARP and MAC Destination Address Resolution
    • VCCV (Virtual Circuit Continuity Check) Ping and TraceRoute
  • +Multicast
    • DHCPv4 Relay Agent with Option 82
    • G.8032 / IGMP interworking
    • IGMP over MPLS-TP
    • IGMPv3 with SSM
  • +CSLM-200-2 Optical Performance
    • 50GHz/100GHz grid support
    • EOL ROSNR (dB @ 0.1nm): 16.6dB
    • FEC Net coding gain: 12.1dB
    • Nominal full-fill reach: 120km unamplified to 1,000km amplified
    • PMD Tolerance: 150ps mean; 450ps instantaneous
    • Rx Sensitivity: -26dBm
    • Service and Photonic Line Interoperability (SPLI)
    • Tunable from 1528.77nm to 1566.72nm
    • Tx Output Power, provisionable: -11dBm to +7.5dBm
  • + Network Management
    • Alarm Management & Monitoring
    • Configuration files
    • Comprehensive Management via OneControl
    • Enhanced CLI
    • Integrated Firewall
    • IPv4 & IPv6 Management Support
    • Local Console Port
    • Per-VLAN Statistics
    • Port State Mirroring
    • RADIUS Client and RADIUS Authentication
    • Remote Auto configuration via TFTP, SFTP
    • Remote Link Loss Forwarding (RLLF)
    • RFC 959 File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
    • RFC 1035 DNS Client
    • RFC 1213 SNMP MIB II
    • RFC 1350 Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP)
    • RFC 1493 Bridge MIB
    • RFC 1573 MIB II interfaces
    • RFC 1643 Ethernet-like Interface MIB
    • RFC 1757 RMON MIB - including persistent configuration
    • RFC 2021 RMON II and RMON Statistics
    • RFC 2131 DHCP Client
    • RFC 3877 Alarm MIB
    • RFC 4291 – IPv6 addressing (for Management Plane)
    • RFC 4443 – ICMPv6
    • RFC 4862 – Stateless address autoconfiguration
    • RFC 5905 NTP Client
    • Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
    • Secure Shell (SSHv2)
    • SNMP v1/v2c/v3
    • SNMP v3 Authentication and Message Encryption
    • Software upgrade via FTP, SFTP
    • Syslog with Syslog Accounting
    • TACACS + AAA
    • Telnet Server
    • Virtual Link Loss Indication (VLLI)
    • Zero Touch Provisioning
  • + Service Security
    • Broadcast Containment
    • Egress Port Restriction
    • Hardware-based DOS Attack Prevention
    • Layer 2, 3, 4 Protocol Filtering
    • User Access Rights
  • + Agency Approvals
    • Australia C-Tick (Australia/New Zealand)
    • CE mark (EU)
      • EMC Directive (2014/30/EU)
      • LVD Directive (2006/95/EC)
      • RoHS2 Directive (2011/65/EU)
    • ETSI 300 019 Class 1.2, 2.2, 3.2
    • GR-1089 Issue 6 – NEBS Level 3
    • GR-63-CORE, Issue 4 – NEBS Level 3, Zone 4 Earthquake
    • NRTL (NA)
    • VCCI (Japan)
  • +Standards Compliance
    • Emissions:
      • CISPR 22 Class A
      • CISPR 32 Class A
      • EN 300 386
      • EN 55022
      • EN 55032
      • FCC Part 15 Class A
      • GR-1089 Issue 6
      • Industry Canada ICES-003 Class A
      • VCCI Class A
    • Environmental:
      • RoHS2 Directive (2011/65/EU)
    • Immunity (EMC):
      • CISPR 24
      • EN 300 386
      • EN 55024
      • GR-1089 Issue 6
    • Power:
      • ETSI EN 300 132-2
      • ETSI EN 300 132-3
    • Safety:
      • ANSI/UL 60950-1 2nd edition 2007
      • CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 60950-1-07
      • EN 60950-1
      • IEC 60825-1 2nd edition (2007)
      • IEC 60825-2 3rd edition (2004)
      • IEC 60950-1


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