The world sits with bated breath on the precipice of what the Internet of Things (IoT) has in store for society – somewhere in between the Jetsons and Total Recall, falling far short of Terminator and iRobot: Self-driving cars, drone deliveries and a fully connected society. Empowering this future forward existence is the network. Billions of connected devices compose the next generation of traffic demand, with certain components commanding more attention than others. Recently, the self-driving car is seeing its way on front pages. And, Ciena is critical to this next network frontier.
This week Ciena unleashed WaveLogic Ai, the first fully programmable coherent modem, which melds intelligence, automation and scale to serve as what the firm refers to as “a foundational technology for a self-driving network” that is also integral for supporting the next generation of on-demand services, machine learning and the upcoming IoT onslaught. The solution is setting performance benchmarks across metro and DCI applications that help trim some spend and add flexibility to the transport network.
“Growth in cloud computing, HD video and IoT have greatly changed the way our customers use and rely on the network. To meet current and future demands, the Verizon network needs to be not only scalable, but also have the intelligence and programmability to monitor, control and respond in real-time to meet user demands. The introduction of Ciena’s next-generation WaveLogic platform brings a new paradigm for optical networks and is an important step in our future network evolution.” Glenn Wellbrock, Director of Optical Transport Planning, Verizon
WaveLogic Ai utilizes a 400G-optimzed engine, which offers a higher baud rate to double capacity per channel, triple distance and quadruple service density while minimizing power usage. In addition to scalability, it offers extensive tenability that is easily accessed via open software interfaces to allow for intelligent and automated decisions to avoid costly human errors of the past and reduce cost. The WaveLogic Ai was developed to calculate and offer access to copious amounts of data, which can then be leveraged to build programmable, on-demand networks. Real time access to link monitoring information allows for operators to optimize performance as a result of previously unattainable network visibility.
Ian Redpath, Principal Analyst, Intelligent Networks Ovum, “Ciena is the pioneer and global market leader in coherent optical transmission systems. Over 100,000 WaveLogic high-speed coherent line interfaces have been shipped and deployed across more than 100 million coherent kilometers worldwide.”
As we’ve seen in the Web-scale community before, tunable coherent modems open the door to optimization and efficiency. WaveLogic Ai builds on Ciena’s history of optical success to serve as a driving force in the functionality of self-driving cars. So as we wait for this future of flying cars and robot maids, Ciena continues to create the tools necessary to make these Sci-Fi fantasies a reality.
Edited by Alicia Young