Wave2Wave Solution says it has launched a new connectivity as a service (CaaS) offering that enables data center and network operators to automate physical layer connectivity, while eliminating the need for any upfront capital expenditure. By extending software defined networking (SDN) capabilities to the physical layer, Wave2Wave asserts its new CaaS makes it possible for operators to manage the whole network stack from a single interface.
The CaaS is based on a monthly pay-as-you-grow model. Wave2Wave will install and manage its robotic fiber switch, ROME, in the customer's facility (see "Wave2Wave expands portfolio with ROME 250 robotic optical switch for data center"). Customers will pay a fixed monthly fee equal to $10 per duplex fiber connection. Subsequently patching physical cables can take as few as 20 sec, the company asserts. Wave2Wave says its CaaS is scoped for data center and telco pre-production labs, addressing the challenge of service rollout bottleneck caused by physically hauling cables.
The pay-as-you-grow model is service-oriented, poses no risk, and incurs no capital expense from purchasing and deploying in-house hardware, says the company. Wave2Wave adds it also can perform system setup, monitoring, maintenance, software integration, and an array of other services to accompany the fiber cross-connect infrastructure.
"Lack of automation at the physical layer is a 20-year old problem that impacts every network everywhere in the world," said David Wang, Wave2Wave president and CEO. "By automating the configuration of the network physical infrastructure - and by making this service available on a cloud-like basis - we are accelerating change and innovation in data center and telco networks, especially when it comes to new service rollouts."
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