Ciena offers platform to connect data centers

Ciena-Corp

Ciena introduced Waveserver Ai, an automatable packet-optical platform to enable high capacity connections between data center locations while reducing network costs for enterprises and content providers.

Waveserver Ai also addresses the interconnection of multiple clouds for multi-tenant data center and cloud providers so they can offer more competitive high-speed, high-capacity services.

Today’s web-scale providers are challenged with the need to bring more content closer to end users while data center operators are expected to deliver more high-speed connectivity to interconnect users across multiple environments. These key factors are driving surging demand for more high-capacity DCI.

According to IDC, worldwide spending on public cloud services will grow at a 19.4 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from nearly $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019.

Waveserver Ai comes with a promise to provide greater capacity and service densities with minimal footprint in data centers where space comes at a premium.

Leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai coherent technology, the platform scales to 2.4T in a single rack unit of space, which equates to 50–100 percent more density compared to other compact DCI platforms. Additionally, with ultra-low power per bit, operators can reduce overall energy consumption and see a positive impact on the bottom line.

Another key benefit of Waveserver Ai is that it simplifies DCI planning and deployment with a programmable coherent chipset that can tune from 100G to 400G to maximize capacity for any distance – from metro, regional to long-haul.

Using a single, compact Waveserver Ai platform, operators can deliver single wavelength 400G capacity for short-haul and 200G for long-haul DCI, doubling the capacity potential of today’s networks.

Waveserver Ai will be generally available in the second quarter of 2017.