ciena 8700Ciena’s new 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 Ethernet networks.

Ciena Awarded 5 Diamonds for 8700 Packetwave Platform

BTR Diamond Technology Review awarded Ciena 5 Diamonds for the 8700 Packetwave Platform, plus the platform was named this year’s Diamond Technology Review Innovation Award Winner. This video discusses the game-changing technology attributes of the 8700 Packetwave Platform and why BTR offered the platform its highest honor.

Purpose-built: Compact & Dense

Expand your network capabilities without expanding your data center. The 8700 is half the size of standard units. By leveraging the very latest in available hardware, along with innovative design techniques, the 8700 directly addresses space constraints with an industry-leading combination of compactness and capacity.

Energy Efficient 10GbE and 100GbE

Reduce energy requirements while increasing network capabilities. The 8700 requires half the energy of standard units. Energy costs are a primary contributor to surging monthly operating expenses for data center and network operators today, and are only expected to increase. The 8700 achieves industry-leading energy efficiency, so not only is it better for the environment, but also for the bottom line of network operators.

Simpler Metro Ethernet Networks

Metro network operators are seeking innovative approaches to design and deploy metro packet networks unburdened by the complexities of traditional high-touch IP-based network architectures. The 8700 was designed to facilitate a new metro network approach that removes much of the complexity by using simpler, robust technologies such as Ethernet, MPLS-TP, and G.8032 Ethernet rings.

Game-Changing WaveLogic Photonics Integration

By integrating our deep photonics expertise into a multi-terabit, programmable Ethernet switching and aggregation platform, network operators can significantly optimize and simplify their metro Ethernet networks, yielding many measurable benefits, including:

  • Simplicity
  • Capacity
  • Scalability
  • Power and space efficiency
  • Compelling economics

Programmable Ethernet

The 8700 is designed from the start to be fully programmable to allow metro network operators to migrate existing static networks to dynamic, on-demand networks. When used in conjunction with Ciena’s V-WAN software, the 8700 allows performance-on-demand connectivity with a smooth migration path toward a fully open SDN architecture.

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