ADVA FSP 2000 WDM system enables WAN and SAN services for Openreach's Optical Spectrum Access

DECEMBER 1, 2009 -- BT's UK-based access network arm, Openreach, is deploying ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 2000 to support nationwide Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) services.

DECEMBER 1, 2009 -- BT's UK-based access network arm, Openreach, is deploying ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 2000 to support nationwide Optical Spectrum Access (OSA) services. With OSA, Openreach's customers experience very high-bandwidth connectivity between two end-user sites. The services are suited for wide area network (WAN) and storage area network (SAN) applications where multiple client interfaces are involved.

"Our customers have exacting demands, which means their service selection must be versatile and reliable enough to meet these demands at a competitive price and on a timescale that is realistic for the end customer," explains Richard Thorpe, connectivity services general manager at Openreach. "We chose the ADVA FSP 2000 to support our OSA services because customers demand lower lead times and the flexibility to offer multispeed, multiprotocol services that are supported by the latest DWDM technology. ADVA Optical Networking solutions enabled us to offer a short delivery lead time and at the same time cost-effectively support our customers' strict service-level agreements (SLAs), which gives customers the security that their services are reliable and always proactively monitored."

Launched on Jan. 1, 2009, OSA services provide secure bandwidth for communications provider customers. The services cater to those who require high-bandwidth point-to-point connectivity for their own end customers. Offering a range of client protocols and interfaces over 2.5- and 10-Gbps DWDM wavelengths, OSA enables advanced data mirroring and data protection services over distances of up to 35 km radial. Helping end-user enterprises to comply with a range of different regulatory requirements while maintaining the ability to scale traffic demands over time depending on business needs, OSA services can be offered over diversely routed fiber paths between two end points. OSA services also support demanding data-center connectivity requirements, thereby enabling state-of-the art applications like cloud computing and virtualization.

ADVA's FSP 2000 is a WDM system designed for enterprises and service providers that require a flexible, cost-effective system that multiplexes, transports, and protects high-speed data, storage, voice, and video applications. The company says its platform has been qualified with all the world's major storage vendors, which makes it appropriate for the delivery of high-availability enterprise SAN connectivity. The platform also contributes to cost reductions due to its lower power requirements and smaller footprint than competitive devices.

"Openreach continues to innovate in its service offering, with a strong focus on reliability, flexibility, and service excellence,” states Reg Armitage, ADVA's senior vice president of sales. "Bandwidth-hungry end users continue to drive advancements in networking technology, and ADVA Optical Networking is pleased to be a part of the OSA portfolio that enables Openreach to deliver the highest-capacity connectivity to its demanding customer base."


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