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Waveserver Ai

Combining scale, power, and density for DCI

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Waveserver® Ai is designed to address evolving density and power requirements for ultra-high-capacity interconnect applications. It features the simplicity and ease of deployment that Waveserver products are known for. Waveserver Ai’s modular architecture offers both rack-and-stack simplicity as well as pay-as-you grow scalability. And because it incorporates Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai coherent optical technology, it delivers the scalability required to satisfy the largest interconnect requirements—from metro to ultra-long-haul distances.

Unprecedented density. Capacity. Scalability.

Unmatched capacity of up to 2.4 Tb/s in a single rack unit. A familiar operational toolset. The ability to tackle the largest scalability and automation challenges in the DCI market. Waveserver Ai drives down energy and transport costs and increases competitive differentiation.

Reduce power. Increase revenue.

Positively impact your bottom line with Waveserver Ai’s power efficiency and density. Rack and stack simplicity combined with 0.4W/Gb ultra-low power consumption delivers reduced footprint charges, energy consumption, and recurring power costs.

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Simple, scalable DCI

Easy operation. Seamless integration into existing networks. Mass deployment of on-demand cloud and high-capacity connectivity services facilitation. Waverserver Ai’s full suite of management interfaces and open APIs make it all possible.

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Why Waveserver Ai?

Waveserver Ai is built to offer a simple, server-like deployment and operational model. Intuitive to install and easy to operate, it allows customers to manage the platform in a way that fits with their operations—through Ciena’s rich management software—Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP)—or directly through its open APIs.

More efficiently scale networks. Generate more revenue using a single compact platform. Reduce transport costs on high-capacity interconnect links. Waveserver Ai gives you the freedom to focus on growing your core business rather than wasting effort on complex operations and integration.

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No. 1

Provides massive service density, with 2.4 Tb/s of client Ethernet ports plus 2.4 Tb/s of line capacity in a compact, 1RU platform

No. 2

Utilizes Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai coherent technology for tremendous scalability and high performance to maximize capacity at any distance, from metro to long-haul

No. 3

Provides unique, industry-leading per-wavelength capacity of up to 400 Gb/s

No. 4

Offers ultra-low power per bit to reduce ongoing energy costs

No. 5

Features a modular architecture, with up to three field-replaceable traffic modules

No. 6

Provides a suite of management interfaces and open APIs for automation, provisioning, management programmability, and ease of back-office integration

No. 7

Simple to deploy and manage into new or pre-existing DCI networks


  • +Physical dimensions
    • 1U 44.45 mm (H) x 444 mm (W) x 584 mm (D)
    • 1U 1.75 in. (H) x 17.48 in. (W) x 22.99 in. (D)
  • +Capacity
    • Supports three pluggable Waveserver modules
    • Client: Up to 24 x QSFP28 (24 x 100GbE)
    • Line: Up to 2.4 Tb/s; Line ports support single carrier 200 Gb/s, 300 Gb/s or 400 Gb/s 
    • Maximum capacity per fiber: 30.4 Tb/s with flexible grid
  • +Common equipment
    • Redundant/field-replaceable power supply 
    • Field-replaceable fan unit 
    • Power options: AC or DC power 
    • AC input voltage range: 100 Vac to 264 Vac
    • DC input voltage range: -40 Vdc to -72 Vdc 
    • Power consumption: 0.4 W/Gb
  • +Management
    • CLI, SNMP, Blue Planet MCP
    • API: Websocket, REST, NETCONF, gRPC based on OpenConfig YANG models
  • +Security
    • TACACS+
    • Access Control List (ACL)
  • +Environmental characteristics
    • Normal operating temperature: 0 °C to +40 °C (32 °F to 104 °F)

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