Cyan has unveiled the Cyan XC-2800, a multi-terabit packet and G.709 optical transport network (OTN) switch fabric to its Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms. The new switch fabric will facilitate router bypass in metro software-defined networks (SDNs), Cyan says.
The modular XC-2800 switch fabric adds scalable packet-optical switching to existing Z77 platforms, with a capacity of 200 Gbps per slot. This capability, combined with existing edge aggregation and grooming of packet and OTN services across other Z-Series platforms, enables a distributed, network-wide, multi-service switch fabric under centralized software control. The 2.8-Tbps switch fabric, working with an SDN control plane, will facilitate a variety of service provisioning options, Cyan says. These options extend to what Cyan describes as “a growing array” of third-party devices.
The Z77 XC-2800 switch fabric, alongside the new TSW-10G10 switching module, is designed to provide high-density, non-blocking switching and aggregation of 10 Gigabit Ethernet backhaul services, eliminating the requirement to use metro-core routers for large scale aggregation.
"Routers play an important role in the network, but the majority of services does not require routing and can be offloaded to reduce costs and simplify operations,” asserts Michael Hatfield, president at Cyan. “Our Z-Series platforms and SDN software are helping more than 100 service providers around the world achieve these goals in a variety of applications."
"This is exactly the functionality we need to more efficiently scale our networks and operations," says Ken Paker, vice president of engineering and architecture at TDS Telecommunications. TDS has been a Cyan customer for more than two years. "We're not putting routers into places we otherwise would have. People talk about replacing routers. We avoid putting more in altogether," Paker added.
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