Making the move to 100Gbit/s services

Today’s enterprises and mobile networks are asking for ever more bandwidth. Multi-tenant business buildings are aiming for 100Gbit/s access capacity. This capacity is also required at macro-cell sites that are aggregating traffic from many small cells. There are also increasing numbers of enterprise customers asking for 100Gbit/s connectivity for fast access to their applications and data hosted somewhere in the cloud.

Fiber is the pre-requisite

Fiber is the only technology which can provide such capacity, and the latest packet edge demarcation technology offers a way to efficiently proceed from the currently applied 10Gbit/s connectivity bandwidth to the much higher valued 100Gbit/s level. But faster must not mean bigger and hotter. The art of innovation lies in making improvements while keeping the space and power footprint at a level that supports an easy upgrade. What’s more, the way that faster devices are managed and operated should be exactly the same as with lower speeds. Proven processes must still be used; additional complexity cannot be tolerated.

At ADVA, we have many years of experience with efficient operation of Carrier Ethernet networks. We used that experience and the requirements above to design our latest metro edge portfolio FSP 150-XG400 Series. We delivered a family of highly compact devices for 100Gbit/s demarcation, multi-tenant pre-aggregation and metro aggregation. This is the first product that is MEF 3.0 certified at 100Gbit/s and which provides OAM capabilities such as service activation testing at full line-rate. Customers can easily deploy, activate, and monitor 100 Gbit/s services, just as they do today for lower speeds.

Our FSP 150-XG400 Series is designed for high-density aggregation and demarcation of MEF3.0 CE services. The products feature 25GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE interfaces for high-speed connectivity to the metro core and support hardware-based time distribution on all traffic ports (Synchronous Ethernet and IEEE 1588). The XG400 Series provides standard Ethernet OAM and Y.1564 for service activation testing up to 100Gbit/s. It supports network overlay capabilities, such as VXLAN, for the delivery of MEF services over IP networks. It also features a wide range of traffic protection mechanisms including IEEE 802.1AX DRNI for high service availability. A common software stack assures consistent operation with any member of this series. What’s more, the FSP 150-XG400 Series has been designed to work in locations with no temperature control.