Waveserver was created to provide a server-like experience for web-scale applications. It provides simple, scalable metro DCI in a rack-and-stack 1RU form-factor. Its design combines two key principles: best-in-class coherent technology and web-scale IT. It also incorporates WaveLogic 3 Extreme coherent optical processors to increase transport capacity and scalability.

Why Waveserver?

We've got the speed
and we're going the distance.

Waveserver® provides unmatched WaveLogic 3 Extreme performance, reduced cost per bit per kilometer, simplified operations via a web-scale operational model, and smarter software and analytics.

Endless bandwidth.
Easy operation.

What do you get when you combine best-in-class optics and web-scale IT? A solution that's purpose-built for today's metro, regional and long-haul Data Center Interconnect (DCI) applications. Ciena’s Waveserver gives you massive capacity and programmability while providing power and space efficiency. It's simple, scalable, and tailor-made just for you.

Breakthrough high capacity in a compact footprint

Waveserver addresses the massive bandwidth requirements of metro, regional, and long-haul DCI while simultaneously providing power and space efficiency. By incorporating Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 Extreme coherent processors, Waveserver enables unparalleled capacity and density—400 Gb/s of line capacity plus 400 Gb/s of client Ethernet ports—in a compact, 1RU form-factor. It offers rack-and-stack simplicity and up to 24 Tb/s of capacity on a fiber pair. Its programmable coherent optics makes it the most optimized fit for any DCI application.

Familiar web-scale toolset

Built with a data center operations model, Waveserver offers features and capabilities that facilitate server-like deployment, provisioning, openness, and programmability. Its entire lifecycle—from planning and ordering to provisioning and maintenance—has been simplified for ease of use and optimized for data centers. It runs Linux, similar to a data server, and is fully programmable to set up connections manually or automatically through open APIs. It also communicates with Ciena or third-party applications via open REST API access.

Easy development of unique and customizable operational tools

Leveraging Ciena’s Emulation Cloud™ and platform-embedded APIs, data center operators can develop unique and customizable operational tools tailored around their specific requirements, without investment in physical hardware.

Simple to install and operate

No heavy manuals to read. No long hours on the phone with technical support. Waveserver installation is intuitive and easy for anyone with experience installing a server. Management is just as simple, and can be done anytime, anywhere with a laptop or tablet.

New economics

Waveserver enables new economics for transport costs, such as lower cost per transported bit; lower cost per bit per rack; low power consumption; compact, space-saving design; and scalable modular architecture.

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Enables massive capacity and density—400 Gb/s of line capacity plus 400 Gb/s of client Ethernet ports in a compact, 1RU form-factor—via WaveLogic 3 Extreme technology

Supports flexible modulation: QPSK, 8QAM*, and 16QAM for the highest capacity at any distance, from metro to long-haul requirements

Reduces recurring costs with low power consumption and small footprint requirements

Features rack-and-stack simplicity and up to 19.2 Tb/s of capacity per fiber

Provides a new business and operational experience for deploying web-scale DCI solutions – with simplified planning, ordering, installation, operation, and maintenance

Provides open APIs for automation, provisioning, and management programmability


  • +Physical dimensions
    • 1U 44.45 mm (H) x 442 mm (W) x 553 mm (D)
    • 1U 1.75 in. (H) x 17.40 in. (W) x 21.79 in. (D)
  • +Capacity
    • Capacity Client: 10 x QSFP+ (40 x 10GbE; 8 x 40GbE + 8 x 10GbE); 4 x QSFP28 (4 x 100GbE);
      supports mix of 10GbE/40GbE/100GbE client traffic on a single Waveserver
      • 200G (2 x 100 Gb/s; QPSK)
      • 300G (2 x 150 Gb/s; 8QAM)
      • 400G (2 x 200 Gb/s; 16QAM)
    • Maximum capacity per fiber: 19.2 Tb/s on 50 GHz grid; 24 Tb/s on flexible grid system
  • +Common equipment
    • Redundant/field replaceable power supply, fan unit
    • Power options: AC or DC power
    • AC input voltage range: 96Vac – 264Vac
    • Power consumption: 600 W typical
  • +Protection options
    • Protected or unprotected line
  • +Management
    • CLI, SNMP, Websocket, REST API based on YANG model, NETCONF and gRPC
  • +Environmental Characteristics
    • Normal operating temperature:
      • 0°C to +40°C (32°F to 104°F)

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