Optimising optical networking

Lightmaze is appearing at Gitex to explain to customers how they can balance the need for faster transmission speeds with quality-of-service.

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By  Sarah Campbell Published  September 28, 2005

Lightmaze is appearing at Gitex to explain to customers how they can balance the need for faster transmission speeds with quality-of-service. The networks of large companies are becoming more and more complex and are making growing demands on hardware and software. German company Lightmaze Solutions is as a subsidiary of professional network technology provider, Pandatel. The company develops, produces, and markets active components and modules for intelligent optical networks in the metro, enterprise and storage sectors, designed to alleviate some of the demands placed on network hardware and software. Lightwave integrates four of the most important components of modern networks — wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), time division multiplexing (TDM), cross connect and intelligent network management — in highly modernised products. The company is also a specialist in network access and transmission technology based on optical fibres and copper, is showcasing the YUMIX 4000 at this year’s show to demonstrate to customers that networking transmission speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second can be achieved without compromising quality-of-service (QoS). “YUMIX 4000 allows the reasonably-priced configuration and operation of extremely flexible infrastructures,” explains Wolfgang Werner, area sales manager for Pandatel, Lightmaze’s parent company. “The platform combines WDM with a powerful network management system,” he continues. Intelligent optical networks based on the YUMIX 4000 hardware differ from conventional optical network structures in various respects, and Lightmaze is appearing at this year’s tradeshow to highlight the benefits that these features can bring to network operators and providers. “The platform works at transport level and can transmit all protocols in this speed range thanks to its data rate range of eight megabits per second to 10 gigabits per second,” says Werner. Werner goes on to explain that, at the same time, QoS is guaranteed and the YUMIX 4000 allows new automated service to be offered. He gives the example of day-and-night switching, just one of the services that YUMIX makes possible. “During the day, a customer requires a service for running his production. At night, when this customer’s production is not active, the same board is used for backup with another customer,” Werner says. “These services can be calculated down to the minute and charged accordingly,” he adds. YUMIX 4000 meets all requirements, from the provision of backbone capacities in large telecommunications networks to the setting up of multi-channel storage area networks (SANs) or virtual private networks (VPNs). “The technology can be easily integrated into existing networks. In this way, the transmission speed and band width of the network in question can be quickly increased depending on demands.” Werner adds.

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