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Routing and Switching

Evolutionize your networks

Ultra high-definition video streaming, the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented/Virtual Reality (AR/VR), and mobile gaming are just some of the omnipresent applications in our daily lives that change how we conduct business, interact, and simply have fun. Networks must evolve to support these applications—they must be able to adapt.

From Adaptive IPTM to our leading WaveLogicTM 5 Nano coherent pluggables, Ciena’s networking solutions allow network operators to cost-effectively modernize their network assets by taking advantage of technologies like Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Segment Routing, and edge computing to efficiently support existing business opportunities while preparing for new and emerging ones.

IP delivered differently.

Ciena’s Adaptive IP is a unique solution that combines our market-leading Routing and Switching plaforms with machine-learning-powered analytics and intelligent automation software to improve flexibility, scalability, and time-to-revenue—providing a more future-proof IP network architecture, from access to metro.

Our Routing and Switching platforms are…

Purpose-built for specific applications and use-cases

Avoid unnecessarily complex and costly overbuilds. Our cost-effective platforms are fully programmable, scalable, and SDN-ready, supporting open interfaces and streaming real-time telemetry. They have the right speeds, feeds, switching capacities, form-factors, environmental attributes, and power supply options to address your unique requirements, from access to the metro. Whether it's 4G to 5G mobile network evolution, business services, cloud, Fiber Deep, or edge computing applications, we’ve got you covered.

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

Ciena’s SAOS provides automation-friendly intelligence and streaming operational data to enable network-level programmability supported by open standards, such as IGP, BGP, Segment Routing, NETCONF/YANG, and gRPC.

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

Get unprecedented multi-layer visibility with Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software, which offers a unique and comprehensive network administration solution. MCP supports a programmable and automatable solution that leverages standards-based NETCONF/YANG interfaces to provide fully open integration into any SDN environment.


3000 Family

These cost-effective and compact 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, supporting TDM, Ethernet, MPLS, IP, and virtual network services. Mounting options include rack, wall, pole or strand, with appropriate enclosures and temperature ranges to solve your unique challenges.

5000 Family

These platforms provide efficient aggregation to cost-effectively fill higher capacity links within both the metro access and aggregation tiers. With Ethernet, MPLS, IP, and Segment Routing capabilities, they simplify network evolution and support new and emerging services. In addition, the 5000 family along offers state-of-the-art OAM and QoS capabilities, which eliminate significant operational complexity and cost and can be deployed in a wide variety of locations.

6500 Packet Transport System (PTS)

Ciena’s 6500 PTS addresses the growing need to maintain the profitable delivery of legacy TDM services while future-proofing investments toward 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 operational expenses due to expensive spares and higher maintenance, hard-to-find legacy skill sets, and manual operations.

8100 Family

Coherent Aggregation Router

Ciena’s family of coherent aggregation routers and switches are changing the edge as customers demand savings in power, colling, and transport costs. With three coherent aggregation routers, customers can choose the right mix of connections and services—from 1GbE to 100GbE, and aggregation to WaveLogic Ai™ modules and 100/200/400GbE WaveLogic 5 Nano™ coherent pluggables.


PacketwaveTM Platform

Ciena’s 8700—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). It revolutionizes the capital and operational economics of 10GbE and 100GbE services in metro and regional Ethernet networks.

Pluggable Transceiver Family

Ciena’s family of pluggable transceivers allow for a flexible, pay-as-you-grow deployment model when adding specific functions to products within our Routing and Switching platforms. For example, WaveLogic 5 Nano 100G/200G CFP2-DCO pluggable optics enable a highly flexible coherent transmission in a compact, pluggable form. Traditional TDM services 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 (D-NFV) use case. Now service providers can rapidly capture new revenue by rolling out virtualized network services to enterprises at the speed of cloud. It includes software-based routing, SD-WAN, encryption, virtual edge, WAN optimization, and more. Deploy a complete D-NFV solution in an instant. Leverage openness. Discover best-of-breed. Explore an open ecosystem to deliver D-NFV services.

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