Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO) says it has provided more automation options for network operators with the addition of a pair of modular platforms to its Network Convergence System (NCS) 1000 Series. The NCS 1004 transponder platform and the NCS 1010 open line system leverage the company's recently announced Cisco Crosswork automation platform to bring improve the efficiency of ROADM-based mesh topologies, "automating the repetitive" to begin the evolution toward self-healing networks, says the company.
The NCS 1004 offers 4.8 Tbps of capacity within a 2RU platform with 600 Gbps interface support. The platform supports a variety of transmission rates and reaches, customizable in 50-Gbps increments. The NCS 1004 also offers line-rate encryption. Its support of L-Band transmission enables a total fiber capacity of 76.8 Tbps. Cisco sees the NCS 1004 as serving metro through subsea network applications.
The NCS 1010 open line system complements the NCS 1004's L-Band capabilities as well as supports operators' colorless/directionless/contentionless ROADM and alien wavelength requirements. Particularly in conjunction with the Cisco Crosswork framework, the NCS 1010 offers capabilities that enable advanced integrated routing and optical layer automation, says the company.
Cisco expects to have the platforms in company labs this fall, says Bill Gartner, vice president and general manager, Optical Systems and Optics, Cisco Service Provider Business and Eve Griliches, product marketing in the same group. The systems should be generally available by the end of the year.
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