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The first Metro Ethernet platforms that aggregate GbE links?

Posted: 15 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:os9024-4c? mrv communications? metro ethernet? wave division multiplexing? wdm?

MRV Communications Inc., a provider of Metro Ethernet access solutions, announced what it claims as the first carrier-class Metro Ethernet platforms that aggregate Gigabit Ethernet links, provision enhanced Ethernet/IP/MPLS services, and provide wave division multiplexing (WDM) long distance transport.

The OptiSwitch 9000 (OS9000) series offers enhanced optical Ethernet services for triple-play voice, video and data networks. The router series is used to aggregate FTTX or DSLAM devices and provision flow-based and application-aware quality of service (QoS), security ACLs, bandwidth shaping, and multilayer operation, administration and management (OA&M) features for remote service monitoring, alarm reporting and configuration intelligence.

The new product can enable Metro Ethernet Forum-specified E-Line (point-to-point Ethernet Virtual Circuit) and E-LAN (multipoint-to-multipoint Ethernet Virtual Circuit) services, due to its ASIC processor that provides services tunneling and bandwidth profiles per application or subscriber.

"We've built the OptiSwitch 9000 to fit in a critical juncture of the networkwhere access meets backboneknowing that carriers needed a more cost-effective and integrated solution that doesn't sacrifice features or upgradeability," said Noam Lotan, MRV's president and CEO. "I am especially excited about these products because they truly bring together the best of MRV, including our optical expertise, our pioneering work in Ethernet demarcation and our active participation in setting MPLS standards."

The OS9024-4C, the first released member of the OS9000 series, features telco front loadable and hot-swappable elements, including 24 SFP optical Gigabit Ethernet ports, WDM (up to 8 channels) and dual redundant power supplies. Four of the 24 Gigabit Ethernet ports are combination copper/fiber (SFP or GbE RJ45) for added flexibility and connectivity of local devices.

By combining WDM, Ethernet and IP/MPLS in the same platform, the OS9000 enables carriers to choose the right method for deploying new services rapidly, while reducing network complexity, explained MRV. The OS9000 offers a smooth migration from physical WDM to carrier Ethernet and, by software upgrade, to MPLS services, via remote network management without changing the hardware. The WDM slot on the OS9000 can also support future DWDM and 10GbE connectivity.

Three members of the family are availablethe OS9024-4C that offers 20 SFP GigE ports and an additional four 10/100/1000Base-T dual-phy (copper/fiber) combination ports; the OS9024FX-4GC that provides an additional 24 100BaseX ports and 4 10/100/1000Base-T dual-phy ports; and the OS9024-12C that offers 12 1000BaseX SFP dual-phy ports. The OS9000 series control plane is based on Master-OS, MRV's Linux-based OS.

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