Sycamore Networks expands Ethernet capabilities of SN 9000

FEBRUARY 17, 2009 -- The new Multirate Ethernet Card is designed to expand the service interfaces supported by the SN 9000 to include Ethernet line rates from 10/100/1000 Mbps to 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

FEBRUARY 17, 2009 -- Sycamore Networks Inc. (search Lightwave for Aspen Optics) has announced Ethernet service enhancements for the SN 9000 Intelligent Multiservice Switch. The new Multirate Ethernet Card is designed to expand the service interfaces supported by the SN 9000 to include Ethernet line rates from 10/100/1000 Mbps to 10-Gigabit Ethernet.

Designed to simplify the convergence of packet and circuit services in metro core and regional networks, the eight-port Multirate Ethernet Card for the SN 9000 provides flexible and efficient Ethernet transport for optical and electrical services at 10/100/1000-Mbps line rates on a single card, according to the company. With the addition of multi-rate Ethernet capabilities, the SN 9000 offers network operators a broader range of service offerings in a highly compact, pay-as-you grow systems architecture, Sycamore adds.

"While simplicity and cost savings drive continued interest in Ethernet service deployment, the real challenge for network operators is how to achieve these benefits without disrupting existing revenue generating services or introducing further complexity into the network," said Jim Mooney, vice president of product management at Sycamore. "The SN 9000 Multirate Ethernet Card delivers cost-effective network evolution while enabling network operators to simplify multiservice provisioning and operations."

The Multirate Ethernet Card for the SN 9000 supports carrier-class Ethernet private-line services, as defined by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), and is designed to deliver optimal levels of resource utilization and service resiliency via implementation of standards-based Generic Framing Procedure (GFP), Virtual Concatenation (VCAT), and Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (LCAS) protocols. The card uses small form-factor pluggables (SFPs) to support 10/100/1000-Mbps Ethernet services for both optical and electrical configurations. Each port can be provisioned for a different type of Ethernet service, allowing operators to meet site-specific capacity and service requirements with maximum configuration flexibility.

The Multirate Ethernet Card for the SN 9000 will be generally available in April.

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