Ekinops expands product portfolio with Ethernet switching, routing

Ekinops, a designer and supplier of next-generation optical equipment, has partnered with an unnamed technology firm to introduce a line of integrated, scalable Layer 1, 2, and 3 Ethernet switching and routing systems.

[Updated] Ekinops, a designer and supplier of next-generation optical equipment, has partnered with Extreme Networks to introduce a line of integrated, scalable Layer 1, 2, and 3 Ethernet switching and routing systems.

The new product line--based on proven technology that has millions of ports deployed throughout the world, according to a spokesperson--helps Ekinops address the switching, routing, and optical transport needs of service providers, wireless carriers, data centers, and enterprise IT networks.

The company, known for its Ekinops 360 optical transport platform and associated aggregation, uncompressed video transport, and multiplexing products, has expanded its capabilities to address a broader range of service provider, data center, and enterprise needs, says Rob Adams, vice president of global marketing for Ekinops.

“The Ekinops portfolio of integrated switching and routing products is so broad that it lets customers address a multitude of applications,” Adams says. “These solutions scale from 10 gigabits per second to multiple terabits per second of switching and routing capacity and, when integrated with our transport solution, provide terabits of transport capability, as well.”

The new Metro Ethernet Forum-certified systems enable customers to choose the exact switching, routing, and transport capacity needed, as well as the necessary types, rates, and numbers of physical interfaces. Wireless Backhaul, Business Ethernet services, Carrier Ethernet, and triple or quad play are some of the Layer 1, 2, or 3 customer applications that the switching, routing, and transport offerings address.

The Layer 2 and 3 capabilities are: MPLS, VPLS, IP routing, Carrier Ethernet, and Ethernet switching, including an integrated management capability focused on FCAPS (Fault, Configuration, Accounting, Performance, Security) and end-to-end service monitoring and provisioning.

“If you have multiple applications, some requiring only Layer 1 transport or a mix of Carrier Ethernet and Layer 1 transport, we now have the toolkit to meet your needs. And the same family of products can be used for data center applications or your own internal IT needs,” Adams adds.

Ekinops’ new routing and switching products are commercially available immediately. Ekinops will exhibit the new product family at the WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking conference next week in Monaco.

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