APRIL 14, 2009 -- Glimmerglass (search Lightwave for Glimmerglass), a supplier of intelligent optical switching systems, has reported that its all-photonic switches score 10 or better using the methodology of Verizon's Telecommunications Equipment Energy Efficiency Ratings (TEEER; see "Carriers tighten energy requirements in '09 and beyond" for more information on these ratings) for calculating the energy efficiency of transmission or switching equipment when carrying 10Gb/sec traffic. This score translates to being at least 1,000 times more energy efficient than the industry average for traditional telecom equipment.
The TEEER metrics were established by Verizon to measure and compare the energy consumption of new products to existing products within its network with the stated goal of improving energy efficiency by 20%.
To further demonstrate the energy efficiency of its products and to celebrate Earth Day, Glimmerglass also announced a new Carbon Offset Program under which the company will fund carbon offsets to completely neutralize 10 years of projected electrical usage of all of its intelligent optical switches purchased between April 22 and December 31, 2009. With this action, Glimmerglass expects to become the only telecom switch vendor to provide electrically carbon-neutral products.
"For years, customers have purchased our intelligent optical switches primarily for their ability to rapidly and remotely provision, monitor, and reconfigure high-speed circuits," says Glimmerglass chief executive Robert Lundy. "As bandwidths rise from 10 to 40 to 100 Gbps, customers increasingly value the extreme energy efficiency of true photonic switching."