Sorrento Networks introduces Tunable XFPs for GigaMux 3200 platform

AUGUST 16, 2010 -- Sorrento Networks announces the availability of Tunable XFP, a new feature in its GigaMux 3200 platform for 10G services.

AUGUST 16, 2010 -- Sorrento Networks announces the availability of Tunable XFP, a new feature in its GigaMux 3200 platform for 10G services.

A traditional XFP, a 10G laser signal on Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) platforms, has a discrete channel assigned to it as it is manufactured. When a WDM network had only one specific channel available, the network operator traditionally had to purchase a discrete XFP for that channel. Using Sorrento’s management system, a network operator can select channels in real time and incorporate changes immediately, translating into decreased installations times and network downtime for channel modifications.
Managing a WDM network with discrete XFPs is operationally difficult, says a company representative. “One has to keep track of the used channels and then manage around those channels to fit for new growth. This requires purchasing the exact channel needed and then installing the correct XFP.” Further, maintaining a network with discrete channel XFPs causes network operators to keep exact XFP channels available for proper replacements. Only one Tunable XFP is required to support 40 channels’ worth of discrete XFPs.
“The WDM market is demanding more flexibility for network deployment,” says Jim Nevelle, CEO of Sorrento Networks. “The operational and capital savings of the Tunable XFP is beneficial as our customers expand their networks and add new customers and capacity. As these networks begin to fill up, channel assignments are becoming more and more difficult. Our solution meets their growth needs and also provides the option to expand without having to replace the entire infrastructure.”
Tunable XFPs are now available as a new feature in the GigaMux 3200 platform.

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