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Cisco Named Supplier for New Verizon Next-Generation Metro Optical Network Build

By Bill Gartner, Vice President Cisco’s Optical Systems and Transceivers Group

At Cisco, we pride ourselves on being true business collaborators with our service provider customers.

And we relish any opportunity to work side-by-side with a leading global service provider on a technology program with the potential to advance the entire telecommunications industry.

These opportunities are rare indeed. And today at OFC, the largest global conference and exposition for optical communications and networking professionals, Cisco was fortunate enough to receive such an opportunity.

Verizon announced that it would be working with Cisco and one other supplier to design and build a next-generation 100G metro network in the United States that will deliver improved scalability, functionality and efficiency. To meet Verizon’s mission of offering its customers high-capacity video and wireless solutions, it has decided to modernize its metro optical network.  Cisco is honored to be part of this important network transformation.

Using 100G flexible CDC ROADMs and packet aggregation will enable Verizon to advance and scale its network while maintaining existing services and reducing service-activation times as well as network operation and maintenance costs.

“Deploying a new coherent, optimized and highly scalable metro network means Verizon stays ahead of the growth trajectory while providing an even more robust network infrastructure for future demand,” said Lee Hicks, vice president of Verizon network planning. “Cisco met not only our technology requirements but the aggressive timeline to deploy our next-generation 100G-and-above metro network.”

Verizon will test and deploy the Cisco Network Convergence System and the second NCS4000supplier’s equipment on portions of its 100G metro network this year, with plans to turn up live traffic in 2016. Supplier volumes will be guided by ongoing testing, support and performance.

Verizon and Cisco are long-standing technology and business partners, and we are pleased to play a key role in Verizon’s optical network modernization program.

Cisco has made investments in next-generation optical technologies to help Verizon realize its vision to transform its network architecture to achieve the speed and operational efficiency required to meet the demands of today, while capturing growth opportunities over the next decade.

This new architecture gives Verizon advantages in its metro network including increased capacity, superior latency and improved scalability.

Verizon is a leader in 100G technology having successfully completed several industry firsts, beginning in 2007 with a successful field trial of 100G optical traffic on a live system.

Cisco is very pleased to be working closely with Verizon on its landmark network build-out, and we are committed to making it successful so that Verizon customers will reap its benefits for decades to come!

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RST Fiber’s High-speed Network powered by Cisco’s Evolved Programmable Network

ginaBy Gina Nienaber, Marketing Manager

We’ve been discussing the Evolved Programmable Network for some time now, knowing the transition from an IP NGN to an EPN is not something that will happen overnight (See EPN Blogs 1 , 2, 3). The Cisco® Evolved Programmable Network (EPN), represents an idea, an end-to-end unification of network, storage, and compute elements, and a lofty concept for existing multivendor networks to aspire to. New entrants into the communications industry are capitalizing on this period of evolution by building homogeneous end-to-end networks purpose built for SDN and NFV innovation.

One recent entrant is RST Fiber, based in North Carolina. Earlier in the year, Cisco and RST announced their 100 Gbps network deployment covering over 3000 miles throughout North Carolina with plans to Read More »

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Cyta Hellas Deploys Cisco Optical Solution for new High Speed Optical Network

leonard_lunaBy Leonard Luna, Senior Marketing Manager, Cisco Service Provider Solutions

Cyta Hellas, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Telecommunications Organization of Cyprus,  is the latest network operator to deploy Cisco’s Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transport solution for a new high-speed backbone. Cyta is the most recent service provider to be licensed in Greece, which is part of the mother company’s effort to expand to new markets. In almost six years, Cyta has achieved nearly 17% market share and is still growing, despite challenging economic conditions. Today, the company operates a network of over 5,000 km one of the largest privately owned fiber optic networks in Greece.

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Cisco ONS 15454 M6 DWDM platform

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Polish Cable Operator Vectra Readies their Network for 100G

Cisco ONS 15454 M6 DWDM Platform

Cisco ONS 15454 M6 DWDM Platform

It’s been a busy year (and by year, we mean fiscal year, which ends in a few weeks) for Cisco’s optical solutions team. We’ve had a number of customer announcements for our 100G nLight DWDM technology and most recently scooped up an award for our CPAK-based 100G transponder card. Service providers across the globe have responded positively to Cisco’s ability to extend 100G services across network that were engineered for 10G wavelengths, and with CPAK we’re reducing the space and power and increasing the density of 100G services in routers (CRS-X), data center switches (Nexus 7000), and optical transport equipment (ONS15454 MSTP).

The news for today centers on our latest customer announcement for our DWDM solution, Vectra S.A., one of the largest cable operators in Poland has deployed Cisco for their new national fiber optic backbone. The network is a nationwide ring, connecting nearly thirty
 cities around Poland, including Warsaw, Katowice, Wroclaw, Poznan, Radom, Bydgoszcz, Torun, and Gdynia. Read More »

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Next wave of data center innovation …

From the outset, Cisco Unified Fabric has been ahead of the curve and ahead of the market in its innovation and the value that it brings to Cisco customers. Its introduction brought about a profound shift to data center fabric: unification of the IP and storage networks.  Today it is foundational – a primary building block for cloud-based, virtualized data centers, providing architectural flexibility and consistent networking across physical, virtual, and cloud environments.

Customers know this too, as evidenced by Cisco’s continuous leadership in this market maintaining the #1 market share for Data Center Ethernet Switching with over 70% of the market*, and #1 in FCoE SAN Switching with 77% of the market**.

Continuing to innovate …
During Cisco Live Orlando last week, Cisco unveiled a two additions to its Unified Fabric portfolio: Dynamic Fabric Automation, which automates network provisioning and simplifies fabric management, and new Nexus 7700 Series switches, providing 40G/100G scalability and comprehensive feature set with new F3 modules.

Cisco also announced the vision for our revolutionary networking architecture with Application Centric Infrastructure.  Yet again, we are evolving our infrastructure to help IT departments dramatically simplify how they provision their data center resources (networking, servers, storage and services) that are critical to the performance of their applications. As we heard from Padmasree Warrior, “the Application Centric Infrastructure will give our customers the agility to deliver applications to end-users where they want, when they want, and to any device they want  – securely, rapidly, and at a lower cost.”

We continue to innovate as no other IT company does, providing the vision and technology to transform the data center. Tomorrow starts here.


*Source: Infonetics, Q1CY2013 DC Network Equipment Report  **Source: Dell’Oro, SAN Switching, Q2CY2013

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