Ciena ® (NYSE: CIEN) has introduced Waveserver Ai, bringing industry-leading capacity and power efficiencies to data center interconnect (DCI) applications, along with a well-established server-like operational model that operators have come to expect from its Waveserver family. The easy-to-automate packet-optical platform enables ultra-high capacity connections between data center locations while reducing network costs for enterprises and content providers. Waveserver Ai also addresses the interconnection of multiple clouds for multi-tenant data center and cloud providers so they can offer more competitive high-speed, high-capacity services.

Key Facts:

  • Today’s web-scale providers are      challenged with the need to bring more content closer to end users while data      center operators are expected to deliver more high-speed connectivity to      interconnect users across multiple environments. These key factors are      driving surging demand for more high-capacity DCI. According to IDC, worldwide      spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4 percent compound      annual growth rate (CAGR) from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than      $141 billion in 2019.
  • Waveserver Ai provides greater      capacity and service densities with minimal footprint in data centers      where space comes at a premium. Leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic      Ai coherent technology, the platform scales to 2.4T in a single rack      unit of space, which equates to 50–100 percent more density compared to other      compact DCI platforms. Additionally, with ultra-low power per bit, operators      can reduce overall energy consumption and see a positive impact on the      bottom line.
  • Another key benefit of Waveserver      Ai is that it simplifies DCI planning and deployment with a programmable      coherent chipset that can tune from 100G to 400G to maximize capacity for      any distance – from metro, regional to long-haul. Using a single, compact      Waveserver Ai platform, operators can deliver single wavelength 400G      capacity for short-haul and 200G for long-haul DCI, doubling the capacity      potential of today’s networks.
  • Bringing web-scale attributes      to DCI applications, Ciena’s Waveserver Ai platform offers a simplified      lifecycle – from planning and ordering to provisioning and maintenance –      and a server-like deployment model. With a full set of open APIs and      management interfaces, the platform is easily integrated into existing or      new DCI networks as well as existing operational processes.
  • Operators will also be able to      use Ciena’s Emulation      Cloud simulation environment to create, test and fine-tune customized      applications.
  • Waveserver Ai will be generally available in the      second quarter of 2017.

Executive Comments:

  • “Internet content providers and data center operators demand open and programmable networks, the ability to provide ultra-high capacity metro and ultra-long reach subsea applications, as well as the ability to minimize power and space requirements.  Ciena’s Waveserver Ai is the hammer that hits this nail on the head. By incorporating the latest generation of its WaveLogic coherent DSP technology, this new platform will be the industry benchmark in high performance data center interconnect.”
    -          Don Frey, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networks, Ovum
  • “An inexorable rise in bandwidth demand from cloud computing, IoT, video and more continues to put pressure on today’s networks.  By pairing a high-performance optical engine with a familiar web-scale IT operational model, our Waveserver Ai platform delivers more capacity with minimal footprint and greater power efficiency for DCI and other high capacity applications.”
    -          Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Ciena

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