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Alcatel-Lucent 1830 PSS
Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 PSS packet-optical platform provides high packet switching and class-leading wavelength capacities and claims significant market momentum. However, future scaling plans are modest and it is a relatively power-hungry platform. (4/22/2014)
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Ciena 5430 and 5410 Reconfigurable Switching Systems
Ciena’s 5400 RSS series gains market momentum, leverages a large CoreDirector base, offers high scale OTN switching and a future high scale cluster configuration, but delivers a modest number of 100G wavelengths and low packet switching densities. (4/22/2014)
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Coriant hiT 7100 Series
Coriant adds mTera to its hiT 7300 X series for additional features, especially a half-rack platform which delivers nearly full-rack capacities, but the dual-platform solution introduces complexity and has yet to close a sizeable capacity gap. (4/22/2014)
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Huawei ONS 9800
Huawei’s OSN 9800 platform provides near class-leading OTN switching, wavelength termination and client port capacities; however, its ROADMs are comparatively large, and the U64 requires double-sided access to achieve its highest stated capacities. (4/22/2014)
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Infinera DTN-X
Infinera’s DTN-X offers super-channel capability, high capacity of low-speed ports, and efficient fast mesh protection, leading to significant traction, but its solution does not integrate into the metro/access network and lacks packet switching. (4/22/2014)
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ZTE ZXONE 8000 Series
ZTE’s new ZXONE 9700 supports class-leading switching, port capacities, low relative power consumption, and offers numerous chassis sizes to meet operator needs, but the 9700 trails in fiber capacity and has not been promoted outside of China. (4/22/2014)
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  • Product Metrics

Core Packet-Optical Platform Key Selection Criteria

  • Operations
    • The footprint, power, and management options for the system.
  • Port Density
    • Total system port density.
  • Features
    • The interfaces and protocols supported.
  • Switching Capabilities
    • The size and types of switching supported.
  • Portfolio Breadth
    • The ability of the system and network to withstand failure of components and nodes.

Core Packet-Optical Platform Product Metrics
  • Physical
    • Dimensions
    • Slots and Per-Slot Capacity
    • 4-Degree ROADM Size
    • Power
  • Switching Capacity and Features
    • Switching Capacity
    • OTN Switching Granularity
    • Packet Switching Capacity
    • Backplane Extension
    • Maximum System Scalability
    • Core Layer 2 Transport Support
    • Packet Protection
  • Port Capacities
    • Maximum OC-3/STM-1 Ports
    • Maximum OC-12/STM-4 Ports
    • Maximum OC-48/STM-16 Ports
    • Maximum OC-192/STM-64 Ports
    • Maximum OC-768/STM-256 Ports
    • Maximum OTU-1 Ports
    • Maximum OTU-2 Ports
    • Maximum OTU-3 Ports
    • Maximum OTU-4
    • Maximum GbE Ports
    • Maximum 10GbE Ports
    • Maximum 100GbE Ports
    • Maximum Other Interfaces
  • Line Interfaces
    • DWDM Capabilities
  • Transport Features
    • Wavelength Capacity
    • 100G Regenerator Span
    • Network Level Protection
    • Clocking
    • Grooming
    • Ring Support
  • Network Management
    • EMS
    • OSS Support
    • Control Planes
  • Miscellaneous
    • Miscellaneous Features
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