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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 01:26

Ciena unveils WaveLogic Ai next generation network platform


Network strategy and technology company Ciena has unveiled WaveLogic Ai, its fully programmable coherent modem that the company says delivers maximum network performance at minimum cost.

Ciena says WaveLogic Ai is a foundational enabling technology for a self-driving network that is critical in the era of IoT, machine learning and disruptive on-demand services.

“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,” says Glenn Wellbrock, director of Optical Transport Planning, Verizon.

“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.”

Ian Redpath, principal analyst, Intelligent Networks, Ovum, says. “In today’s on-demand world — where new applications can put unexpected demands on the network — operators need advanced optical capabilities that allow them to not only scale for more capacity, but also program the network to make autonomous and intelligent decisions that improve the performance of the network in real-time.

“While it is impossible to predict the next ‘killer app', Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai platform will help position operators to proactively manage user demands and squeeze more bits out of the network using less hardware.”

Ciena has scheduled WaveLogic availability for the second quarter of 2017.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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