MAY 13, 2009 -- Glimmerglass (search Lightwave for Glimmerglass) has unveiled its new Intelligent Peripheral System 3000. The IPS 3000 is designed to be a high-reliability, high-density platform that complements the Glimmerglass Intelligent Optical Switch to provide a superior approach to physical layer management and control of fiber-optic networks. The introduction of the IPS 3000 extends the company's offering to environments that need to process hundreds of signals and flexibly multicast them to selected destinations.
Designed to operate in the most stringent high-reliability environments, the IPS 3000 supports a range of redundancy features. These include dual power supplies, dual control modules, dual communications paths, and hot-swappable modules.
Each IPS 3000 chassis supports up to 12 peripheral modules. The initial release includes modules for optical amplification, optical splitting, and lossless optical signal distribution. These are the highest density modules in the industry, Glimmerglass asserts. Up to 24 EDFA optical amplifiers or 144 optical splitters are supported in 6 RU (10.5 inches) of rack space.
The Glimmerglass LightFlow MS management system software is integrated into each IPS 3000. LightFlow MS supports multiple IPS 3000 chassis through the Glimmerglass ClickManage GUI, the TL1 command language, and SNMP. ClickManage provides a view of all peripheral modules, instant access to system health, robust user and alarm management, and device configuration.