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Packet optical networking tool is multifunctional

Posted: 07 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Ethernet? optical networking? packet ONPs? LAN?

Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. unveils the Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) that provides modular integration of Ethernet, ROADM and SONET transport technologies built on a single addressable optical networking class element. Fujitsu is introducing the implementation of the Packet ONP in its new optical networking flagship, the FLASHWAVE 9500 platform.

Fujitsu aims to define a new generation of optical networking equipment to create the foundation for delivering what it calls the "Connected Experience"a new set of high bandwidth, high quality, packet-centric multimedia services such as on-demand HDTV, multimedia Internet experiences and interactive enterprise collaboration. The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform satisfies packet-centric aggregation and transport needs and allows service providers to build networks that support manageable scalability.

Intuitive solution
The FLASHWAVE 9500 features a patent pending universal switch fabric technology. This provides complete system modularity, allowing service providers to leverage:

?ROADM technology to economically deliver bulk bandwidth with operational simplicity
?connection-oriented Ethernet transport technology to deliver private-line quality Ethernet aggregation and connectivity services
?next-generation SONET technology to support the full range of network services; and
?the operational robustness of optical networking, including transport-class software and database management, management interface functionality, precision fault sectionalization and other capabilities.

The switch fabric allows both SONET-based traffic and packet-based traffic to be switched, groomed and managed in its native format without any form of circuit-emulation technology. The FLASHWAVE 9500 system will support pseudowire and MPLS technologies to deliver connection-oriented Ethernet and provide private-line equivalent QoS in a unified Ethernet services network.

Fujitsu said that the platform also debuts an innovative ROADM solution that delivers full ROADM operational simplicity and optical transmission performance at a breakthrough density and cost-point.

"Our new FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP was built from the ground up to take advantage of significant technology advances in ROADM integration, ASIC technology, packet processing and system software," said Rod Naphan, VP of access and data planning at Fujitsu Network Communications. "The platform is the industry's densest optical networking platform, supporting 480G of SONET or packet bandwidth in only one third of a rack. The platform integrates full ROADM functionality by supporting a two-degree, 40G-ready ROADM in one quarter of a shelf, while allowing easy expansion to multiple degrees."

The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform is supported by Fujitsu's suite of management tools, including the NETSMART 500 craft user interface, NETSMART 1500 Element Management System (EMS) and the NETSMART 2000 planning tool.

Target apps
The FLASHWAVE 9500 platform is aimed at these four key applications:

?Triple-play networks - The platform is suited for metro transport and aggregation networks for triple-play services, leveraging the its integrated ROADM transport for bulk bandwidth delivery and high capacity packet aggregation to eliminate several costly elements from network architectures.
?Consolidated core metro/regional networking - The platform integrates and collapses complete ROADM and NGADM devices into a single network element with next-generation grooming capabilities for general purpose, high capacity core networking. Likewise, the system provides more scalable support for a growing Ethernet infrastructure.
?Consolidated Ethernet services networks - The system supports full range of E-Line and E-LAN services, as well as Ethernet over SONET services, allowing service providers to consolidate their Ethernet services infrastructure.
?Wireless backhaul - As wireless/mobile backhaul networks transition from TDM-based networks toward Ethernet-based facilities, the FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP provides a vehicle to manage latency-sensitive applications due to unified support for native TDM and connection-oriented Ethernet.

The FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet ONP will be on showcased at the upcoming NXTcomm 2007 conference and exhibition in Chicago to be held on June 19-21.

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