CIENA unifies optical and data network management

19 June 2003 Linthicum, MD Lightwave -- CIENA Corp. today announced the availability of integrated optical and data network management with its LightWorks ON-Center Management Suite, extending the company's point-and-click service provisioning and other management functions into the data layer.

19 June 2003 Linthicum, MD Lightwave -- CIENA Corp. today announced the availability of integrated optical and data network management with its LightWorks ON-Center Management Suite, extending the company's point-and-click service provisioning and other management functions into the data layer.

CIENA has integrated management of the Distributed Node (DN) next-generation multiservice switching platform from WaveSmith Networks, acquired on June 16, and multiservice core switches from Équipe Communications into ON-Center, its software suite for comprehensive element-, network- and service-level management. The integrated solution is commercially available now.

Équipe is a member of CIENA's LightWorks Technology Alliance, which promotes an architectural vision for integrated, intelligent networks by driving design, development, testing, and interoperability.

"As the industry moves toward a converged data-telephony model, combining network operations for the integrated management of multiple layers and services, in addition to ongoing hardware consolidation, is a major step forward," contends Chris Nicoll, vice president of telecom infrastructure at Current Analysis. "We believe CIENA's vision for an automated, integrated all-service network is a practical approach for carriers to offer an expanded suite of more profitable services on the existing infrastructure."

Integrating management of the new multiservice CIENA and Équipe solutions into CIENA's ON-Center enables dynamic, end-to-end service provisioning, diagnostics, and management across optical and data layers using a single Operations Support System (OSS), say company representatives. With these extended capabilities, ON-Center unites network layers for a seamless, converged management solution that increases the cost-efficiency of delivering new and traditional services on a single, intelligent network.

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