Network News: Verizon, Talari, Meru Networks

Verizon and NEC transmit 21.7 Tbps over field fiber, Talari awarded U.S. Patent for virtual WAN technology, Meru launches new virtualized mobility and access solution.

John Rath

March 15, 2012

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Here’s our review of some of today’s noteworthy links for the networking sector of the data center industry:

Verizon and NEC transmit 21.7 Tbps over field fiber. Verizon announced that for the second year in a row, Verizon and NEC Corporation of America have completed an industry first by transmitting high bit-rate technologies over field fiber. The latest trial successfully transmitted 21.7 terabits per second under field conditions. The field test was conducted in Dallas over 934 miles of standard single mode field fiber on Verizon's network. By increasing modulation levels and reducing optical carrier spacing using superchannels, the total capacity per fiber is increased by more than 100 percent as compared with the current standard 100G systems. "Verizon continues its research to find the scientific limits of high-capacity optical technology as we strive to offer the most advanced network technology that adds long-term value to our customers and is capable of sustaining the tremendous growth potential," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global IP and transport planning and technology for Verizon. "This joint effort moves the industry toward a better understanding of the technology's challenges, differentiators and viability because the future will be shaped by what we learn now."

Talari awarded U.S. Patent for virtual WAN technology. Talari Networks  announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded the company a patent (8,125,907) for its technology that enables enterprises to aggregate multiple networks into a "virtual" Wide Area Network (WAN). The  patented packet-based Adaptive Private Network (APN) technology bundles multiple, cost-effective links and creates a diverse high-capacity network, thereby improving overall WAN performance predictability and reliability while drastically reducing costs. "We've essentially converted the Internet into a low cost, highly reliable, enterprise-class WAN," said Emerick Woods, CEO, Talari Networks. "As a result, customers like Equity Office have achieved ROI in ten months, reduced their annual WAN costs by 50%, and increased their quality of service (QoS) for mission-critical applications like VoIP."

Meru launches new virtualized mobility and access solutions.  Meru Networks (MERU) announced a set of new WLAN solutions that can be deployed on-premise, within virtualized private cloud environments, or as subscription-based, hosted applications.The new Virtual Mobility Controllers are VMware-based virtual appliances that operate on standard x86 computing platforms in datacenter or private cloud environments. The Meru System Director can be deployed on-premise within existing datacenters or in private cloud environments, and is now available as a virtual appliance. The E(z)RF Mobility Manager and Identity Manager are also now available as subscription-based, hosted applications. “IT and Network Managers are increasingly looking at different architectural options for their enterprise wireless deployments,” said Rohit Mehra, director of enterprise communications infrastructure at IDC. “Solutions such as the ones now being offered by Meru provide deployment flexibility and optimal management and control. The ability to have virtual controllers, traditional appliance-based controllers or a mix gives IT the ability to adopt new technology that suits the type and topology of the enterprise, without compromising existing investments in network infrastructure.” Meru also announced the availability of the AP100 access point, a new low-cost wireless and wired access solution for branch offices, telecommuters and mobile or travelling individuals.

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