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DragonWave Puts Focus on Backhaul with Harmony Enhanced MC

By Steve Anderson January 26, 2016

DragonWave was already well-known as a backhaul name among names, but now, it's taken on just a little extra authority in the field. Recently, it brought out the new Harmony Enhanced MC, a powerful new tool to help improve backhaul further and give customers plenty of new options.

The Harmony Enhanced MC is a dual-channel microwave packet radio, designed to work from six to 42 GHz licensed backhaul bands. DragonWave notes that this product offers the fastest throughputs around, and allows for the best in advanced networking. Dual radios allow for two 112 MHz channels per radio, and with the two radios together, users get up to four Gbps capacity in total. It also offers 4x4 MIMO support, and the ability to offer up 4096 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM).

With the Harmony Enhanced MC, operators can step in on either Gigabit Ethernet or software defined networking (SDN), allowing for the most versatility in networking possible. With this system, users can connect LTE-A sites operating under high capacities, as well as connecting both high capacity links and aggregation points. It's currently in customer trials right now, but reports suggest that the device should be ready for general markets sometime in June.

Some may be potentially balking at the notion of buying such a huge quantity of features in a comparatively small package, but DragonWave notes that increasing the overall spectrum size means there's no need for an indoor Ethernet switch system, and the reduced antenna size means there's less need for tower lease costs. That combination of savings lowers the overall total cost of operations (TCO) by better than 50 percent.

Those interested in finding out further developments in the SDN space, meanwhile, need only look to ITEXPO. Running through January 28 at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, the event has a complete show devoted to the topic collocated with it – NFV & SDN Expo. Several sessions will take place around SDN technology, including the “Cloud Standards Challenges and Progress” panel event on Wednesday, January 27 at 12:30 pm.

SDN is gaining a lot of ground as a means to provide more and better services for the same or even less cost overall. By removing powerful and expensive hardware from the equation in some cases, the end result is a better overall package that delivers some exciting new benefits and gives businesses a lot more room to work with. DragonWave's developments on this front should offer quite a bit of new capability—just the reduced TCO alone should have some sitting up and taking notice—while not sacrificing service quality.

In the end, that's a fairly reliable recipe for success; delivering more for the same, or delivering the same for less. Not quite as good as more for less, but still a worthy outcome, DragonWave's tools might be just the ticket to a better bottom line some were hoping for.




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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