Ciena debuts OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane

Next-generation software add new programmability, virtualisation features

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Ciena debuts OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Ciena says that Ciena’s intelligent control plane software acts as the brain of the network by allowing service providers to fine tune their networks to be more intelligent and to quickly respond to changing network demands – without manual intervention.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  May 24, 2012

Network specialists Ciena have debuted OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane, its next generation control plane software.

The next generation software is designed to introduce a new level of programmability and advanced virtualisation features for the Wide Area Network (WAN) as well as enabling rich policy-based control more extensively across the network.

According to Ciena, network operators deploying Ciena OneConnect can benefit from more than 40% bandwidth savings for service restoration, up to 30% latency reduction in highly meshed networks, and new differentiated service offerings including secure Optical Virtual Private Networks (O-VPN).

"Ciena's intelligent control plane software acts as the brain of the network by allowing service providers to fine tune their networks to be more intelligent and to quickly respond to changing network demands - without manual intervention. OneConnect is the result of Ciena's 12 years of success in optical control plane design and innovation. With today's announcement, we are extending that leadership across the entire network and also giving our customers new revenue streams through latency-based routing and Optical VPNs for new and yet to be discovered virtual, dynamic service offerings," said Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Ciena.

OneConnect now features a range of engineering innovations and optimisations which are designed to allow it to create, manage and restore bandwidth services faster, and with a richer set of policy options than the previous generation. The next-generation OneConnect control plane software is also being made available on Ciena's multi-layer 6500 Packet-Optical Transport platform.

OneConnect supports ASON and GMPLS industry standards for interoperability and is designed to allow very rich policy-based programming, so that network operators can specify detailed behaviors taking into account network details including latency, diversity, and restoration priority and timing.

New latency-aware routing capabilities, enabled by OneConnect, help ensure that time-sensitive applications are routed across the network with the lowest latency possible. Parameters may also be pre-determined and set to meet particular SLA or customer requirements.

Ciena's control plane software also offers self-healing capabilities to make networks more resilient by re-routing services around failures caused by natural disasters or unexpected fibre cuts. Service providers can also incorporate "what if" scenarios to "right sise" the network and observe network failure performance in re-routing traffic.

OneConnect is also designed to be able to simultaneously run SONET/SDH and OTN control plane capabilities.

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