Cyan Unveils Compact 100G Optical Technology

Cyan announced the availability of a single‐slot 100G coherent transponder for the Z‐Series family of packet‐optical transport platforms (P‐OTPs).  Delivering 100G in a single slot module allows its service provider and enterprise customers to experience the highest networking speeds in a smaller form factor.

The DTM-100G lets service providers select integrated support for short, medium, long, and extended reach C form‐factor pluggable (CFP) client interfaces.  When combined with Blue Planet, Cyan’s software‐defined network (SDN) system developed for service providers and other network operators, the DTM‐100G is one of the first SDN‐based 100G solutions. Early deployments of the DTM 100G include Great Plains Communications in the US, among others.

“The ability to deliver coherent 100G transport services in such a compact form factor is unprecedented,” said Michael Hatfield, Cyan president. “It is in keeping with the philosophy that has characterized Cyan from the beginning—harnessing the latest technical innovations to help our customers scale their networks while driving down costs. Reducing slot consumption, improving optical reach flexibility, and eliminating the need for external modules yields a 100G solution that can be deployed in scale.”

The DTM-100G is compatible with existing Z-Series DWDM components and features DSP-based chromatic dispersion and polarization-mode dispersion compensation. Other features include the ability to support 100 Gigabit Ethernet and G.709 OTU4 regeneration, the ability to mix 10G and 100G channels, 1+1 optical protection using Cyan’s Optical Protection Switch module, and support for client SR10 (100 meter), LR10 (2 kilometer), LR4 (10 kilometer) and ER4 (40 kilometer) interfaces.

“The flexibility and form factor of the DTM‐100G are perfect for our network,” said John Greene, chief network engineer at Great Plains Communications. “As we build out our network, we typically do notPAGE 2 know how far our customers will be from our points of presence. The optical reach flexibility inherent inthe DTM‐100G means that we don’t have to.”

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