The Z-Series, Z22, Z33, and Z77, provide carrier-grade capabilities such as QoS, scalability, reliability, and service management. They also leverage Ciena’s Planet Operate software to provide simplified multilayer network operations, management, and service provisioning.

Scale with no restrictions

Optimized for high-capacity aggregation and metro/regional core network deployments, the Z77 Packet-Optical Platform offers high service density and capacity benefits, scaling to 2.8 Tb/s in a compact 13RU form factor. Additional fiber efficiencies can be achieved via an optional central fabric, all with no sacrifice to service density.

All about flexibility

The mid-sized, environmentally hardened Z33 Packet-Optical Platform balances flexibility with low cost to efficiently scale network capacity at the edge, with the ability to extend service delivery into outside plant cabinets. High- density interfaces support any service mix, providing incredible scale to 800 Gb/s in a compact 5RU form factor.

Compact and powerful

At just 2RU in height, the Z22 Packet-Optical Platform is compact, environmentally hardened, and optimized for deployments at the network edge. With support for up to 400 Gb/s of packet services per shelf, the Z22 high-density platform provides space and power benefits for a wide range of applications, including low-latency business Ethernet services and remote cabinet deployments for high-capacity Ethernet backhaul.


200 Gb/s slot capacity

Multiservice transport: Ethernet, OTN, DWDM, SONET/SDH

Efficient network resources

Utilizes hybrid OTN and packet switching technologies for the most efficient use of network resources.

CE 2.0 certified E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree and E-Access services

Full suite of ROADM options: 2-degree, 4-degree, 8-degree

Scalable system designs: 8, 40, or 96 channels per fiber


  • +Physical Dimensions
    • Z22:
      • 2U 89 mm (H) x 483 mm (W) x 305 mm (D)
      • 2U 3.5 in. (H) x 19 in. (W) x 12 in. (D)
    • Z33:
      • 5U 222 mm (H) x 483 mm (W) x 305 mm (D)
      • 5U 8.75 in. (H) x 19 in. (W) x 12 in. (D)
    • Z77:
      • 13U 578 mm (H) x 534 mm (W) x 534 mm (D)
      • 13U 22.75 in. (H) x 21 in. (W) x 21 in. (D)
  • +Capacity
    • Z22: 400 Gb/s
    • Z33: 800 Gb/s
    • Z77: 2.8 Tb/s
    • Up to 96 channels per fiber
  • +Service Densities
    • Z22
    • Interface Type Ports/Chassis
      FE/GBE 36
      10GBE 40
      OC-3/12, STM-1/4 32
      OC-48/STM-16 16
      OC-192/STM-64 20
      2.5G/OTU1 16
      10G/OTU2 20
      100G/OTU4 2
    • Z33
    • Interface Type Ports/Chassis
      FE/GBE 108
      10GBE 120
      100GbE 6
      OC-3/12, STM-1/4 96
      OC-48/STM-16 48
      OC-192/STM-64 60
      2.5G/OTU1 48
      10G/OTU2 60
      10G/OTU4 6
    • Z77
    • Interface Type Ports/Chassis
      FE/GBE 252
      10GBE 280
      100GbE 14
      OC-3/12, STM-1/4 224
      OC-48/STM-16 112
      OC-192/STM-64 140
      2.5G/OTU1 112
      10G/OTU2 140
      10G/OTU4 14
  • +Protection
    • Carrier Ethernet protection:
      • IEEE 802.3 ad Link Aggregation
      • IEEE 802.1Qay Path Protection
      • G.8032v2 Ethernet Ring Protection
      • MPLS-TP G.8131 Linear Protection
    • SDH/SONET protection:
      • 1+1 APS/MSP
      • UPSR/SNCP
  • +ROADM
    • 2-degree, 4-degree, or 8-degree ROADM
  • +Environmental
    • Z22, Z33: -40° to +65° C operating temperature
    • Z77: 0° to 50° C operating temperature
    • 5% to 85% operating relative humidity
    • 13,000 ft. (4,000m) altitude


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