MRV debuts LambdaDriver IP switching module for migration to packet optical transport networks

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- MRV Communications Inc. has announced the first shipment of its LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600, a packet switching blade that is the core of MRV’s packet optical transport (P-OTS) network system.

OCTOBER 20, 2009 -- MRV Communications Inc. has announced the first shipment of its LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600, a packet switching blade that is the core of MRV’s packet optical transport (P-OTS) network system.

The new blade features eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, either SFP-based or copper, for access network connections and two 10-Gigabit Ethernet XFP-based ports for connection to the backbone network.

The LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600 is engineered to provide enhanced operations, administration, and maintenance (OAM) and end-to-end optical packet service management capabilities to guarantee service-level agreements (SLA). These capabilities include an integration of MPLS packets and GMPLS optical transport control plane with carrier Ethernet OAM -- including IEEE 802.3ah, 802.1ag, and ITU-T Y.1731 -- to match the best packet and DWDM capabilities, MRV says. With sub-50-ms recovery time, the module’s high availability provides the high reliability required to support customer demands, the company adds.

“Growing user demand for broadband applications is causing an increase in data traffic and driving carriers to migrate toward IP-based networks,” said Noam Lotan, CEO of MRV Communications. “With the LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600 module, carriers can transition from legacy networks to packet optical networks in a cost-effective way.”

The addition of the OPN 800/1600 makes the LambdaDriver the industry’s first P-OTS offering to support both ROADM and optical-electrical-optical (OEO) crossconnect functionalities in the same chassis, MRV asserts. The LambdaDriver’s DWDM platform blades uses small form-factor pluggable (SFP/XFP) or tunable wavelength interfaces and supports speeds ranging from T1 up to 40G. The LambdaDriver simultaneously supports different protocols including TDM; with this new module carriers can make a smooth transition from SONET/SDH towards metro-Ethernet optical transport networks, MRV says.

Additionally, the module includes digital diagnostic features through its SFPs/XFPs that provide carriers access to real-time operating parameters including optical TX/RX power, voltage, and temperature and component information. The digital diagnostics enable administrators to indentify potential problems and take preemptive action before any service outage occurs, MRV concludes.

The LambdaDriver OPN 800/1600 module currently is available worldwide.

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