Overture Enhances 6500 Aggregation & Switching Platform

By Paula Bernier April 01, 2014

Overture has enhanced its 6500 service aggregation and switching platform to deliver performance-assured carrier Ethernet over any access method. As a result, it can now support the service over E-Access, copper, fiber, SONET/SDH, and TDM. Also new is a 96-pair Ethernet over Copper interface module, which offers 1 to 24 pair bonding across cards for delivery of up to 300mbps of symmetric performance-assured Ethernet service.

The 6500 works with Overture’s 400, 4000, and 6100 family of EoC Ethernet Access Devices for rapid service deployment, and is based on the company’s Ensemble Open Services Architecture.

As reported recently by NFVZone, Ensemble includes controller and orchestration functionality that service providers can leverage to accelerate and optimize their service activation, and opens the door to a plethora of new applications that use virtualization for better scalability and lower cost operations.

Overture Networks Michael G. Aquino, president and CEO, and Mark Durrett, head of marketing, who met with NFVZone earlier this year, say that the rise of the smartphone created a platform on which virtually anybody could quickly build and introduce new services and applications to customers. A similar model is now possible, leveraging the carrier network as the platform, they said.

(To learn more about the new, programmable network, attend Software Telco Congress – The NFV Event from Aug. 11-14 at The Rio – Las Vegas, click here for more information.)

Among the other new additions to the Overture product line to help make that happen is the 65F10, a 10-gigabit optical Ethernet access device, which the company introduced recently. It’s designed to support such applications as enterprise cloud services, Layer 2 router offload, and mobile backhaul.

Overture last year introduced the 65 series. The first offering in that product family was a 1-gigabit Ethernet access device that raised the bar in terms of performance, timing precision, and ability to accurately measure parameters related to service level agreements. Then it added to that with the 10-gig product, which adds capacity both in terms of the number of services it can offer and the number of ports available. Now comes the news today. In addition to access devices, Overture offers aggregation network elements.

Edited by Cassandra Tucker

Executive Editor, TMC

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