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Ciena upgrades WaveLogic Photonics

Latest version said to give service providers ‘greater visibility, control, automation’

Ciena upgrades WaveLogic Photonics
Alexander: An intelligent, agile optical layer is vital to achieving the necessary flexibility to support changing network demands.

Network specialist Ciena Corp today unveiled WaveLogic Photonics, new line intelligence capabilities said to "significantly improve visibility, control and programmability of packet optical networks".

"Comprised of Ciena's leading coherent optics, flexible optical line elements and embedded and discrete software tools, WaveLogic Photonics gives service providers the ability to leverage software programmability at greater scale to transform their network from a fixed asset that provides commodity connectivity to one that is automated for faster service responsiveness and differentiation," the company said in a statement.

WaveLogic Photonics combines with adjustable packet and OTN traffic management capabilities to enable a programmable, service platform that is intended to be future-proof. It is designed to accelerate service responsiveness while reducing the need for upfront forecasting and traffic capacity planning. The capabilities include flexible line elements such as programmable line amplifiers, Smart Raman and customisable Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADMs) configurations - from metro to core.

"Wavelogic Photonics is another step in realising our OPn network architecture vision, which is designed to make networks more responsive to business needs," said Steve Alexander, chief technology officer, Ciena.

"As networks become strategic application-responsive assets, an intelligent, agile optical layer is vital to achieving the necessary flexibility to support changing network demands. WaveLogic Photonics enables network operators to reliably shift their operating model from just ‘configuring' to actually ‘programming' the network in real-time- increasing service velocity while eliminating the potential for manual errors and the cumbersome tracking processes that plague networking today.

"It also allows operators to easily view their network assets and program them to automatically respond to service requests and intelligently route packet services across the network."

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