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Packet networking

Evolutionize your packet networks

We all know our networks need to evolve, but that can take ages. When customer demands shift faster than you can spell ‘extinction,’ you have two choices: reduce operational complexity, or get left behind. It’s time to evolutionize—because the future belongs to the adaptive.

Our Adaptive IP and leading coherent optics let you create packet networks streamlined to support new and legacy business services and take on new opportunities, like 5G and Fiber Deep.

Our packet networking products are…

Purpose-built for your target applications

Avoid complex and costly overbuilds. Our platforms have the right speeds, feeds, switching capacities, form-factors, environmental attributes, and power supply options to address your requirements, from access to metro. Whether it’s 4G/5G, TDM/L2/L3/VNF business services, or Fiber Deep, you’re set.

Powered by Ciena’s Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS)

Get automation-friendly intelligence and operational data for next-generation networks, enabling network-level programmability and data via open standards such as BGP, NETCONF/YANG, and gRPC Telemetry. SAOS also has a new Adaptive IP services stack and SDN/NFV readiness to address key requirements for 5G and IP-based business services.

Easy to manage—putting you in control of your mission-critical networks

Get unprecedented multi-layer visibility with our Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software, which offers a unique and comprehensive network administration solution. Blue Planet MCP supports a programmable and automatable solution that leverages NETCONF/YANG mechanisms to provide fully open approaches in an SDN environment.


5000 Family

Service Aggregation Switches and Platforms

These platforms  provide aggregation to efficiently fill higher capacity links within both the metro access and aggregation tiers, offering Ethernet, Adaptive IP and MPLS capabilities minimizing the number router assets required in the core. They offer state-of-the-art OAM and QoS capabilities, which eliminate significant complexity and cost, and can be deployed in a wide variety of locations. They also share the same operating system with all of our packet networking products.

6500 Packet Transport System

Ciena’s 6500 Packet Transport System (PTS) addresses the growing need to maintain profitable delivery of TDM services while future-proofing investments toward an all-packet network modernization.

To this day, network providers continue to add to their Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) infrastructure—an investment that is getting more expensive to run and operate. Clearly doing more of the same only increases OPEX due to expensive spares and higher maintenance, hard-to-find legacy skill sets, and manual operations.

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8180 Coherent Networking Platform


Coherent Networking Platform

Ciena’s 8180 Coherent Networking Platform combines the industry-leading capacity and embedded intelligence of WaveLogic coherent solutions with the density, openness, and programmability of a spine switch. As part of an end-to-end solution that peers with both packet switch devices and coherent networking platforms, it provides a high-density on-ramp to the coherent optical network.

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Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave® Platform—a multi-terabit programmable Ethernet-over-DWDM packet switch—addresses the growing need to efficiently aggregate and switch large quantities of packet traffic while guaranteeing stringent Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and revolutionizes the capital and operational economics of 10GbE and 100GbE services in metro and regional Ethernet networks.

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3000 Family

Service Delivery Switches and Platforms

These cost-effective and efficient service delivery platforms are available with a range of physical ports of up to 10GbE. They’re purpose-built to fit numerous small, medium, and large customer sites as well as multi-tenant office and residential buildings. Mounting options include rack, wall, pole or strand, with appropriate enclosures and temperature ranges to solve your unique challenges.

Pluggable Transceiver Family

Pluggable Transceiver Family

Ciena’s Pluggable Transceiver Family allows a flexible, pay-as-you-grow deployment model when adding specific functions to our Packet Networking products. Traditional TDM services, for example, can be mapped onto a packet-based infrastructure, benefiting from its low cost-point while still maintaining the stringent timing and resilience required by the service. The end result? New and renewed revenue streams.

Virtualization software

Ciena’s Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) is purpose-built for the Distributed NFV use case. Now service providers can rapidly capture new revenue by rolling out virtualized services to enterprises at the speed of the cloud. It includes software-based routing, encryption, and WAN optimization. Deploy a complete D-NFV solution in an instant. Leverage openness. Explore an open ecosystem to deliver D-NFV services.

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