Optical transport systems vendor PacketLight Networks has added encryption features to its PL-1000TE DWDM system. The cryptographic capabilities comply with NIST FIPS 140-2 standards and NSA Suite B requirements for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) and 1GbE services.
The PL-1000TE can now support AES encryption at Layer 1 level without degrading the transmission data rate, PacketLight says. Despite the encryption, full end-to-end transparency of service data and clock with latency of less than 12 μsec for 10GbE is maintained, the company adds. The encryption option addresses confidentiality and authentication requirements while maintaining data integrity, PacketLight says.
The DWDM system can support encrypted GbE, 10GbE and 4x10G PCS lanes of 40GbE. Users can activate the encryption/decryption functionality for specific transponders. Support for 4G Fibre channel and 8G Fibre channel services is also available. Up to 10 encrypted signals can be multiplexed into a single 100G Optical Transport Network (OTN) uplink using PacketLight’s PL-1000GM or PL-1000GT muxponders as well.
"We have embedded L1 encryption capabilities within the PL-1000TE compact 1U DWDM transponder product to form secured links between or within the data centers. Keeping in mind all the latest standards and requirements, we also maximized its cost-effectiveness in order that enterprises could meet the new security requirements at minimal expanse,” stated Koby Reshef, PacketLight’s CEO. “PacketLight’s solution is transparent to the traffic without any degradation to the DWDM link performance or QoS of the data transported."
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