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Family of Packet-Optical Platforms

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The 6500 Family of Packet-Optical Platforms is designed to address today’s unpredictable traffic patterns by delivering new levels of capacity, flexibility, resiliency, and openness required for a more adaptive network. Leveraging the latest technology innovation, the 6500 integrates packet, OTN, and flexible WaveLogic Photonics capabilities across multiple chassis form factors to enable a programmable infrastructure that can scale and respond on demand to changing customer requirements.

Why 6500?

Maximize capacity for any application

Ciena’s field-proven coherent interfaces give you a full suite of plug-and-play high-capacity solutions that offer the widest range of tunable capacities to maximize capacity over any distance. WaveLogic programmable transceivers enable broader, more economical 100G deployments, significantly improving transport economics with the ability to scale to 400G and beyond.

More services, more business

The 6500's high-density 10G transponders enable multi-protocol, low-latency and wire-speed encryption capabilities to maximize your service revenue opportunities.

On-demand bandwidth

Our high-capacity wire-speed encryption modules complement high-capacity line rates with OTN switching to optimize bandwidth utilization and network efficiency. And they offer the added benefit of insulating your network against uncertain service mix by providing transparent transport of all client services.

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Do more with less

Our eMOTR modules integrate packet switching within transport, offering sub-GE grooming for improved wavelength efficiencies, traffic prioritization for SLA adherence and deployments in uncontrolled temperature environments—so you can do it all with less equipment. And with the 6500 Packet Transport System (PTS) configuration you can maintain profitable delivery of TDM services while future proofing investments toward an all-packet network modernization.


6500 D/S-Series

The 6500 D/S-Series configurations converge comprehensive Ethernet, TDM, and WDM capabilities in flexible chassis form factors to address business requirements at the edge, in the core, and everything in between. The configurations leverage unconstrained hybrid packet/OTN switching, an intelligent control plane and multi-layer software-defined programmability to deliver high-capacity networking that maximizes the bandwidth efficiency and flexibility of the overall network.

6500 T-Series

With the ability to scale to Terabit/s switching per slot and flexibly route wavelengths without restriction across any one of 16 paths, the programmable 6500-T12/T24 configurations enable service providers to efficiently distribute customizable content to their end-users and provide an on-demand, superior customer experience.

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6500 RLS

The 6500 Reconfigurable Line System (RLS) is a compact, simple-to-deploy, photonic layer solution that provides highly dense ROADM and amplifier configurations to improve scalability, reduce footprint, and offer more flexibility and programmability.

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No. 1

Leverages industry-leading coherent technology with unprecedented intelligence and programmability required to build on-demand, programmable networks

No. 2

Utilizes hybrid OTN and packet switching with control plane capabilities for the most efficient use of network resources and service differentiation

No. 3

Delivers the full suite of open APIs for advanced programmability, automated provisioning, and streaming telemetry

No. 4

Adapts to a wide variety of requirements with a minimal set of equipment, reducing standardization and operational costs

No. 5

Maximizes operational efficiencies with the ability to tailor customer solutions via various chassis, power, and configuration options

No. 6

Offers a turnkey approach for complete network and service lifecycle operations with Ciena’s Blue Planet MCP (Manage, Control and Plan) domain controller.


  • +Physical Dimensions
    • 6500-D2:
      • 22U 89 mm (H) x 443.2 mm (W) x 281 mm (D)
      • 2U 3.5 in. (H) x 17.5 in. (W) x 11.1 in. (D
    • 6500-D7:
      • 6U 267 mm (H) x 440.5 mm (W) x 281 mm (D)
      • 6U 10.5 in. (H) x 17.3 in. (W) x 11.1 in. (D
    • 6500-S8:
      • 7U 310 mm (H) x 440.5 mm (W) x 281 mm (D)
      • 7U 12.2 in. (H) x 17.3 in. (W) x 11.1 in. (D)
    • 6500-S14:
      • 13U 577.1 mm (H) x 440.5 mm (W) x 280 mm (D)
      • 13U 22.7 in. (H) x 17.3 in. (W) x 11.0 in. (D)
    • 6500-S32:
      • 22U 977 mm (H) x 498.0 mm (W) x 277.5 mm (D)
      • 22U 38.5 in. (H) x 19.6 in. (W) x 10.9 in (D)
    • 6500-T12:
      • 17U 754 mm (H) x 498.0 mm (W) x 430 mm (D)
      • 17U 29.7 in. (H) x 19.6 in. (W) x 16.9 in (D)
    • 6500-T24:
      • 36U 1590 mm (H) x 498 mm (W) x 433 mm (D)
      • 36U 62.6 in (H) x 19.6 in (W) x 17.0 in (D)
    • Shelf pre-mounted in 44RU EIA Rack:
      • 2134 mm (H) x 660 mm (W) x 457 mm (D)
      • 84.0 in (H) x 26.0 in (W) x 18.0 in (D)
    • 6500-R4:
      • 4U 177mm (H) x 440mm (W) x 593mm (D)
      • 4U 6.97in (H) x 17.33in (W) x 23.35in (D)
  • +Capacity
    • Packet/OTN: 12 Tb/s
    • System: Up to 30.4 Tb/s
    • WDM: 2.5G to 400G DWDM
    • Packet/OTN XC: 600G to 12T
  • +Photonics
    • Full suite of passive filters, 50GHz, 75GHz, 100GHz, flexible grid ROADMs
    • Colorless, Directionless, Contentionless
    • Coherent Select Architecture
    • EDFAs, Smart Raman
    • PinPoint Advanced Fiber Analytics
  • +Services
    • Ethernet: 10M, 100M, 1GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE, 100GbE
    • MEF CE 2.0-certified EPL, EVPL, EP-LAN,
    • EP-LAN EPL-Access, and EVPL-Access services
    • OTN: OTU0 to OTU4, ODUFlex
    • FC100 to FC3200
    • SONET/SDH: OC-3/STM-1 through OC-768/STM-256
    • Electrical: DS1, E1, DS3, E3, STM-1e
    • ESCON
    • DVB-ASI
    • PSIFB
  • +Transponders/Muxponders
    • Coherent 400G muxponder (4x100G) with integrated OPS (Optical Protection Switch)
    • Coherent 400G flexible service transponder (34 client ports) with integrated OPS (Optical Protection Switch)
    • Coherent 100GE/OTU4 transponder
    • Coherent 100G muxponder (10x10G)
    • Coherent tunability from 100G to 400G in 50G increments
    • Coherent 200G client card: 2x100GE or 5x40GE/10GE
    • Coherent 100G client cards: 10x10GE, 10x10G multi-rate, 2x40G+2x10G, 100GbE/OTU4 client
    • FIPS-certified AES-256 wire-speed coherent 100G/200G encryption solution
    • 10G: 4x10G multi-rate OTR* with FIPS-certified AES-256 wire-speed encryption
    • Ethernet: 152G eMOTR, 68G eMOTR Edge*, 30G L2MOTR
    • OTN modules: 8-port OTN Flex MOTR (10G),
    • 1+8 port OTN Flex MOTR* (20G)
    • SONET/SDH 10G ADM-on-a-blade: SuperMux
  • +Packet/OTN switched modules
    • 40x10G PKT/OTN
    • 5x100G/12x40G PKT/OTN
    • 5x100G DWDM PKT/OTN
    • 10x10G PKT/OTN
    • 1x100G + 2x40G PKT/OTN
    • 100G DWDM PKT/OTN
    • 16x2.7G OTN
    • 48xGbE
  • +Distributed Control Plane
    • Photonic, OTN
  • +Configurations
    • Unprotected
    • 1+1/MSP linear
    • 1+1 OTN line-side
    • LAG
    • 1+1 Enhanced Trunk Switch (ETS)
    • 1+1 Transponder Protection Tray
    • 1+1 Optical Protection switch (incl. fast coherent recovery times)
    • ASNCP
    • Mesh restorable control plane connections at L0 and L1
    • MPLS-TP
    • G.8032 Ethernet Ring Protection
  • +Common Equipment
    • Full common equipment redundancy
    • Field-replaceable units
      • -48Vdc input voltage range:
      • -40Vdc to -75Vdc
    • 24Vdc input voltage range: +20Vdc to +30Vdc
    • AC input voltage range: 90Vac to 264Vac
  • +Certifications
    • Common Criteria Network Device Collaborative Protection Profile
    • FIPS 140-2 Level 2 and 3
    • FIPS 197 AES–256
    • BSI (German Federal Office of Information Security)
    • IBM GDPS
    • SAN environments: Dell/EMC, Brocade and Cisco switches
  • +Environmental Characteristics
    • 6500-D2 extended temperature solution: -40°C to 65°C (-40°F to 149°F)
    • Normal Operating Temperature: +5°C to +40°C (+41° F to +104° F)
    • Short Term Operating Temperature: -5° C to +55° C (+23° F to +131° F) for 6500-D2/D7/S8/S14; -5° C to +50° C (+23° F to +122° F) for 6500-S32/T12/T24
    • Normal operating humidity: 5% to 85% RH
    • Earthquake/seismic: Zone 4
      * Extended temperature uncontrolled OSP Class 2 GR-3108-CORE variant also available.
  • +Brocade Compatibility Matrix

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