Cisco's enters optical networking arena with Metro 1500

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Cisco Systems has launched the Cisco Metro 1500 Series Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) Dense-Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) platform. A scalable solution designed for large networks, the Metro provides fast and reliable transport of high-bandwidth applications such as data center interconnect and consolidation, storage area networking, e-commerce and high-speed disaster recovery networking.

According to Carl Engineer, director of marketing for Cisco's Metropolitan Services Business Unit, enterprises today face escalating demands for bandwidth as more data, voice and video services must be instantly accessed and backed up from multiple locations.

“Increased availability of dark fiber and reduced costs have made MANs the transport mechanism of choice for many of these businesses, as it provides a cost-effective alternative to the provisioning of leased lines,” said Engineer.

“The Metro 1500 series allows enterprises to connect their local area networks to the MAN, no matter what protocol is used. This creates a simple, low-cost way to overcome distance limitations.”

The Cisco Metro 1500 series is a protocol-independent solution for point-to-point, add/drop and ring topologies with up to 32 wavelengths per fiber, which gives network administrators the flexibility to support their existing infrastructure, including Gigabit Ethernet, packet over Sonet, Escon/Ficon, ATM and Fiber Channel. In addition, the series can free up costly real estate by creating ‘serverless’ offices that connect to centralized data centers.

Roy Sanford, vice president, EMC, stated: “Optical networking technology provides high-speed capabilities for customers deploying distributed enterprise storage networks. EMC and Cisco continue to work closely to develop these solutions that allow our mutual customers to share and protect their critical information.”

Based on an OEM agreement with ADVA Optical Networking Munich, Germany, the Metro 1500 series extends Cisco's line of DWDM optical networking products into the enterprise space.

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