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Ciena Corporation is a United States-based global supplier of telecommunications networking equipment, software and services that support the delivery and transport of voice, video and data services. Its products are used in telecommunications networks operated by telecommunications service providers, cable operators, governments and enterprises. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland.Ciena sells products and services across four segments: Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking, Optical Transport, and Software & Services. Key current platforms include the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switch, 3000 family of service delivery switches, and the 4200 Advanced Services Platform. It also offers the Ciena One integrated network and service management software suite, consulting and support services, deployment services, maintenance and support services, spares and logistics management. Wikipedia.

A network element of a transport network has three fabrics housed within a single shelf of a telco rack, namely a packet fabric, an electrical fabric and an optical fabric. A stream of traffic including a plurality of lambdas is received at a trunk interface of such a shelf. The optical fabric in the shelf performs optical switching on the stream to replace a first lambda in the stream with a second lambda. The first lambda is converted within the shelf into an electrical signal. Also within the shelf, first frames are recovered from the electrical signal. The packet fabric in the shelf is used to perform packet switching on the first frames to generate a flow of second frames. The flow of second frames is transmitted at a client interface of the shelf.

Flexible optical spectrum management systems and methods in an optical network including a plurality of interconnected network elements include determining an associated frequency/wavelength center and one or more bins for each of one or more traffic carrying channels on each of a plurality of optical fibers in the optical network; and managing the one or more traffic carrying channels on the plurality of optical fibers using the one or more bins of bins and the associated frequency/wavelength center, wherein at least one of the one or more traffic carrying channels comprises a coherent optical signal occupying a flexible spectrum on the plurality of optical fibers.

Ciena | Date: 2015-10-28

A system, a shelf, and a high density platform optimize the physical arrangement of cards to maximize cooling effectiveness and line card pitch while minimizing backplane trace lengths between line interface and switch fabric cards. The shelf and system and associated card arrangement supports scaling to a larger, double-size system that maintains the required length of backplane traces for card communications without compromising card cooling. Advantageously, the shelf and system maintains full NEBS compliance through an arrangement supporting full air intake/outtake through a front and/or back of the shelf or system, i.e. no side ventilation, and includes a false front to ensure all cards (switch fabric and line interface cards) are substantially flush with one another.

A method, a network element, and a network include determining excess margin relative to margin needed to ensure performance at a nominal guaranteed rate associated with a flexible optical modem configured to communicate over an optical link; causing the flexible optical modem to consume most or all of the excess margin, wherein the capacity increased above the nominally guaranteed rate includes excess capacity; and mapping the excess capacity to one or more logical interfaces for use by a management system, management plane, and/or control plane. The logical interfaces can advantageously be used by the management system, management plane, and/or control plane as one of restoration bandwidths or short-lived bandwidth-on-demand (BOD) connections, such as sub-network connections (SNCs) or label switched paths (LSPs).

A high capacity node includes a plurality of transceivers each with a transmitter configured to support a wavelength within a full transparent window of one or more optical fibers; and one or more optical amplifiers covering the full transparent window, wherein the one or more optical amplifiers comprise one of (i) a single ultra-wideband amplifier covering the full transparent window and (ii) a plurality of amplifiers each supporting a different band of the full transparent window.

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