Independents Fiber Network, Cyan demo 100G services

April 25, 2013
Independents Fiber Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Com Net Inc. (CNI), and Cyan, a developer of software-defined networks (SDNs) for service providers and data center operators, say they have successfully demonstrated 100G services over the GigE Plus fiber-optic network in Ohio.

Independents Fiber Network, a wholly owned subsidiary of Com Net Inc. (CNI), and Cyan, a developer of software-defined networks (SDNs) for service providers and data center operators, say they have successfully demonstrated 100G services over the GigE Plus fiber-optic network in Ohio.

The demonstration, which employed test equipment provided by JDSU Corp. (NASDAQ: JDSU; TSX: JDU), delivered both 100G wavelengths and 100 Gigabit Ethernet connections over the network. With exploding bandwidth demand resulting from cloud-based applications and storage, as well as streaming video, 100G services are expected to become commonplace for wholesale, data center interconnect, and large business applications, the companies say.

According to CNI's chief technology officer Randy Plaisier, "This is an important milestone for service providers in Northwest Ohio. It validates the feasibility of 100G services, both from a cost and functionality standpoint. As we continue to experience an explosion in bandwidth demand for cloud services, streaming media, and mobile devices, 100G services will become increasingly vital."

Chris Warhurst, Cyan vice president of systems engineering, added, "Independents has once again shown it is on the leading edge of practically deployable technology. In addition to wholesale services for its carrier customers, Independents and other carriers participating in CNI's GigE Plus Availability Coalition (GigE-PAC) will be able to offer 100 Gigabit Ethernet services to large businesses and 100G wavelength services to cloud data centers."

The 100G demonstration, covering 500 total route miles and seven cities in Ohio, resulted in end-to-end latency of only 4.2 ms, as measured by the JDSU T-Bird MTS-8000 test equipment. JDSU field sales engineer Curt Dukes also provided help in setting up and conducting the demonstration.

The demonstration employed Cyan's new single-slot DTM-100G coherent transponder module (see “Cyan unveils single-slot 100-Gbps line card”).

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