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Cisco Talks Next Generation Optical Transport at OFC 2013

UntitledJoin Cisco executives and technology experts at one of the premier optical networking conferences from March 17-21 in Anaheim, California.  We welcome you all to be part of the dialog around Next Generation Transport technology!

Optical networks are the foundation of communications today – and trends such as programmable networks, dynamic networking, interconnected data centers, and Software Defined Networks (SDNs) are all facilitated by advances in photonic technology. Experts agree that the only way network operators will support the traffic forecast in Cisco’s Visual Networking Index is cost effective and widely deployed services at 100 Gbps and beyond. And all of these services over a flexible, touchless, and programmable optical layer.

If you’re interested in learning more in how the latest in silicon photonics and advanced ROADM technology will enable the Internet of Everything you should make your way to Anaheim, California, March 17-21 for the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exposition and the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (OFC-NFOEC). We are excited to engage in the discussions around these hot topics including the Cisco CRS Elastic Core solution and nLight technology, announced last October.

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The Chappe Network: Enabling the Kilobyte Era in France

By Greg Smith, Service Provider Marketing Manager, Cisco

Chappe communications tower showing semaphore arms (near Saverne, France)

Today we take instant communications for granted and our latest Cisco Visual Networking Index predicts that we’ll soon reach the “Zettabyte Era” for global IP traffic (a zettabyte being 10^21 bytes). Recently I had an opportunity to see a bit of telecommunications history from what I’ll call the “Kilobyte Era”. While visiting a family I knew in Saverne, a small town outside of Strasbourg, France we toured a local castle (Castle Haut-Barr) with a view of the countryside. Besides the 12th century castle there was a (restored) tower from the original Paris-Strasbourg optical semaphore system, one of the first communications networks in the world. I’d read about this system but never actually seen it and my hosts were gracious enough to let me “geek out” on this bit of networking history.

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Upgrade to 100G/400G/1T Without Upgrading the Fiber Infrastructure

We talked before about how over 150 customers from 50 different network operators and enterprises met last month at Cisco’s campus in Richardson, Texas, to attend the Spring 2012 Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC). Besides collaborating on best practices and future requirements in IP and optical solutions, attendees also had an opportunity to view Cisco’s extensive “brownfield” 100G DWDM demo setup. It consists of over 1000 km of fiber, with 10G services and shows how we can plug-n-play 100G services onto existing live systems. This is a critical requirement for customers who must maintain business continuity while still upgrading the capacity of the network. It’s also using the same technology we showed with EANTC that could go to Read More »

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PONC 2012: IP and Optical Convergence with “iOverlay”

The scale of today’s transport networks and content provider data centers are directly driven by the explosive nature of packet traffic growth. As a result, the demand for 100G and beyond is a key topic in the industry.  Cisco’s recent 100G announcement and its industry leading performance for Ultra Long Haul continues to receive significant attention within the service provider community as they consider options for their next generation transport networks.

However, the solution is not only about faster transmission speeds. Service providers must also increase efficiency within their network. Until now, traditional network architectures have inefficiently maintained separate Read More »

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100G and IP + Optical Convergence Key Themes at Cisco Packet Optical Conference

Customers from around the world are gathered today at Cisco’s campus in Richardson, Texas to kick off the Spring 2012 Packet Optical Networking Conference (PONC). This brings together network operators, large enterprise customers, optical industry leaders, and Cisco solution teams at a three-day event to collaborate on best practices and future requirements in IP and optical solutions. Some of the key themes that will be featured at this year’s event include:

  1. 40G/100G Coherent DWDM transport over 10G infrastructure: Much of the infrastructure today was designed to support only 10G wavelengths.  It is undesirable to cap and start over with new infrastructure that is purpose built for 40/100G.  Cisco’s unique Coherent optical transport technology is a game Read More »

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