iRis Networks upgrades with Cyan equipment

MARCH 15, 2010 -- iRis Networks says it will upgrade its regional and metro backbone network using equipment from Cyan. The wholesale carrier’s carrier, which is based in Tennessee and serves adjoining states, will use the enhance network to offer high-speed transport for voice, video, and data and provide a gateway to broadband transport to many underserved rural areas.

MARCH 15, 2010 -- iRis Networks says it will upgrade its regional and metro backbone network using equipment from Cyan. The wholesale carrier’s carrier, which is based in Tennessee and serves adjoining states, will use the enhance network to offer high-speed transport for voice, video, and data and provide a gateway to broadband transport to many underserved rural areas.

The upgrade will use the Cyan Z-Series of multi-layer transport platforms and CyMS multi-layer management system (see "Cyan Optics debuts company, packet optical transport platforms"). It also will enable the expansion of the total transport capacity of the network from 40 Gbps to 400 Gbps per direction. As a result of the upgrade, iRis Networks can competitively deliver 10-Gbps services and more across the network.

“We conducted an evaluation of available technology and products for over a year. We selected the Cyan Z-Series system because it is service rich, yet so dense and flexible that it will allow us to physically remove a large amount of legacy equipment we have in the field, dropping our opex cost dramatically,” said Peter De Bono, vice president of engineering at iRis Networks.

“iRis Networks’ need to scale capacity, enhance SLA performance and simplify operations is common across the industry,” said Frank Wiener, vice president of marketing and business development at Cyan. “The iRis team is leveraging the full concept of a Cyan Powered network which includes not only the breadth of service capabilities of the Z-Series platforms, but also Cyan’s industry leading planning and management software tools and Cyan’s support resources to maximize their network and organizational scalability with lower total costs. This gives iRis a competitive market advantage, which is ultimately our mutual objective.”

For more on the Cyan approach, see "Simplifying the TDM to packet transition" from Lightwave's November 2009 issue.

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