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It's hard to keep up in a content-crazed world where the patterns, dynamics, and scale of traffic within your metro or regional network are constantly shifting. Addressing surging bandwidth demands cost-effectively is easier said than done—unless the 8700, the standard-bearer of the Packetwave® Platform, is part of your plan. Our multi-terabit, programmable, coherent DWDM packet switch revolutionizes the capital and operational economics of 10GbE and 100GbE services. How? We’re glad you asked.

Features and benefits

  1. Exceptional 1GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE, and 100GbE density to address space constraints

  2. Flexible port configurations up to 300 x 1GbE, 300 x 10GbE, 80 x 40GbE, 20x 100G DWDM, or 60 x 100GbE

  3. Low power consumption to keep operating expenses in check

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

  5. 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

  6. Hardware-assisted packet OAM capabilities for guaranteed SLA differentiation

  7. Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP) for rapid, secure, and error-free turn-up of packet services

  8. Ciena’s Blue Planet MCP multi-layer provisioning support for end-to-end network management control and planning

  9. Integrated Service Activation Testing capabilities

Industry-leading 10GbE and 100GbE—to help you lead, too.

The 8700 is specifically optimized for 10GbE to 100GbE switching and aggregation, allowing you to deliver higher rate ports, services, and connections to meet market demands. It starts at 800 Gb/s and scales to a massive 6.8 Tb/s—just what you need to gain a competitive advantage as the dynamics of metro and regional networks shift.

The same compact shelf, now with up to 3-times the density—so it saves you space and money.

Space is limited and expensive so the 8700 is available in fully modular 4-slot and 10-slot variants. It also provides multiple port configurations with 1GbE/10GbE/40GbE/100GbE and coherent 100G DWDM OTN-based ports with up to 680 Gb/s per slot.