Coriant Officially Introduces its SDN-based Dynamic Optical Cloud Solution

By Paula Bernier March 12, 2014

The new Coriant Dynamic Optical Cloud, unveiled today, is just the latest software-defined networking solution designed to help service providers automate their networks and make them more programmable and virtualized to allow for more affordable and expedited service introduction.

This metro-to-core networking solution leverages Coriant’s 7100 and hiT 7300 packet optical networking platforms, its 8600 mobile edge router, which the company got via its merger with Tellabs earlier this year, and a suite of applications, open orchestration, and controllers.

This news is important not only because it represents yet another SDN announcement, but also because Coriant is also involved in carrier trials with service providers around the world on this effort.

Coriant in recent months has been working with various tier 1 service providers on SDN use cases – such application-driven bandwidth on demand, dynamic mobile backhaul resiliency, cloud bursting, multilayer defragmentation, and network analytics and workflow management. It’s in SDN trials (using its own solutions and integrating with third-party routers to show multivendor interoperability) with several of these organizations and expects to launch commercial pilots in the third quarter.

“Coriant‘s Dynamic Optical Cloud solution reinforces our market leadership in end-to-end packet optical networking following the merger of Tellabs and Coriant,” said CEO Pat DiPietro. “With greater scale, deeper R&D resources and technology expertise, and an expanded portfolio of SDN-enabled products and capabilities, we are well positioned to be the preferred supplier to our customers as their network and service requirements evolve in a cloud-centric world.”

(To learn more about SDN, join TMC and its partners at Software Telco Congress – The NFV Event from Aug. 11-14 at The Rio – Las Vegas.)

“Major change is in the air as carriers of all sizes proceed cautiously with router and switch spending, in part because they are trialing software-defined networking or just beginning to figure out how to proceed with SDN,” says Michael Howard, principal analyst for carrier networks and co-founder of Infonetics Research. “The fourth quarter is usually an indicator for the current year and sometimes a bellwether for the future. In the most recent quarter (4Q13), North America had a double-digit sequential decline in carrier router/switch revenue rather than the usual budget flush, with weakness coming mostly from Verizon and AT&T, among the global leaders of SDN activities.”

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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