Data Center Switching:
LightRiver’s portfolio of packet transport products allows our customer to gain preferred access to the majority of carrier grade and industrial IP/MPLS routers deployed today. This radically changes the agility of metro area Ethernet Business Service delivery by increasing technology choices, with a customized solution, rather than the best packet optical fit from a specific manufacturer.
The importance of Packet Transport is growing with the advent of pluggable optics and the new generation of routers and switches designed to take advantage of those disaggregated capabilities.
In an appropriate data center, campus or metro applications, this approach leverages best in class device types to optimize OPEX (Operational expenditure) and CAPEX (capital expenditure) appropriate to the job at hand. This approach also can simplify the network by eliminating now superfluous Layer 1 network elements, while still supporting 10G to 400G+ connectivity from 2 meters to 100 kilometers and encouraging evolution to the next best device type.
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a mechanism in high-performance telecommunications networks that directs data from one network node to the next based on short path labels rather than long network addresses, avoiding complex lookups in a routing table.
Carrier Ethernet (CE) is a standard for network service providers to deliver high speed, carrier class, Ethernet in Metro Area Networks. It defines native Ethernet packet access to the Internet, increases penetration of wireless networks, and promises Wide Area networking scalable beyond 10Gbps using ubiquitous Ethernet technology.