Polatis Launches Industry's Highest Port Count All-Optical Cross Connect

By Frank Griffin March 04, 2016

Network optimization with Network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networks (SDN) has resulted in better performance across the board. But in order to fully optimize the current infrastructure that is in place, the hardware also has to be improved. The new Polatis Series 7000 Optical Circuit Switch (OCS) has the industry's highest port count all-optical cross connect, which will make it possible to fully support the dynamic nature of software-defined networks.

One of the clear benefits of optical switches is, they support all transmission speeds because they are not tied to specific data rates and protocols. This gives service provider and network operators the flexibility to offer a range of services without having to worry about upgrading their hardware.

The 7000 series delivers more functionality while taking up less space, 40 percent less than other platforms. With a rack height of only 4RU, it provides a fully non-blocking all-optical matrix switch with up to 384x384 fiber ports. It can route more than 3.7 petabytes of optical traffic, with up to 9.6 terabytes per second capacity per fiber. According to Polatis, this performance is achieved while only consuming the same amount of energy as a lightbulb.

Polatis is using its patented DirectLight optical switch technology on the 7000 series to achieve the highest port count for better all-band performance for optical loss, crosstalk and back reflection. DirectLight lets organizations make and maintain fully transparent connections using its dark fiber optical switch technology with complete separation of control and data planes.

The capacity of the hardware also extends to the software, which provides the seamless integration with any SDN controllers. It supports open SDN protocols, including embedded OpenFlow, NETCONF and RESTCONF agents, This allows customers to achieve a reliable, remote and automated provisioning of the physical network layer by virtualizing the fiber layer connectivity.

The ultra-low optical loss and superior performance achieves signal bit-rate and format independent up to 100G, 400G and more, which future proofs the deployment for next generation services coming in the pipeline.

The company stated, "We now have unquestionably the broadest range of all optical switch products, from 4x4 to 384x384, that when coupled with our feature-rich software, enables network architects to use a perfectly sized solution to match their application."

The new Polatis Series 7000 Optical Circuit Switch (OCS) is now available. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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