Gives network operators a software-driven platform to predict and
address connectivity challenges
HANOVER, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 15, 2017--
(NYSE: CIEN) is introducing new capabilities that empower network
operators to tune, control and dynamically adjust optical capacity in an
on-demand world, where 5G, IoT, content delivery and cloud are rapidly
redefining network requirements. By combining fully-instrumented
flexible optics and innovative software, Liquid Spectrum can monitor and
mine all available network assets so operators can instantly respond to
new bandwidth demands and allocate capacity across any path in real time.
Liquid Spectrum is the cumulative value of a series of next-generation
optical and software technologies. It includes Ciena’s highly
instrumented reconfigurable photonic layer, WaveLogic Ai coherent
optics, Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP), and new advanced
software applications. Consistent with Ciena’s OPn philosophy
on networking, Liquid Spectrum utilizes APIs and standard interfaces to
support operators’ requirements for an accessible, open architecture.
Operators recognize that the traditional, static method of building
networks is no longer sufficient to keep pace with today’s web-scale
network challenges and unpredictable bandwidth demands. To address
this, Ciena is redefining how optical networks are built by providing
a blueprint for software-defined optical architectures that are more
agile, dynamic and open to meet the networking requirements of the
Supported by Ciena’s Blue Planet software platform, WaveLogic
Ai tunable coherent optics, and a reconfigurable photonic layer,
Liquid Spectrum helps operators ensure the ideal amount of bandwidth
is used at any given time. Open interfaces for high-performance
telemetry are applied at both the software and hardware level, giving
operators more choice in their architecture implementation.
In its initial introduction, Liquid Spectrum will feature advanced
software applications including:
Performance Meter helps operators proactively ensure
optimal system performance by providing access, for the first
time, to real-time, accurate planning data for both the existing
hardware and new planned services.
Bandwidth Optimizer uses customer-defined service policies
and suggests the ideal capacity, hardware configuration and
spectral placement for any channel, across any network path.
Liquid Restoration increases service availability with
flexible adjustment of deployed coherent optical capacity as
needed to route affected services across any available path in the
Wave-Line Synchronizer accelerates service provisioning,
reduces manual provisioning steps and eliminates associated human
errors across multi-vendor optical deployments.
Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai and Blue Planet MCP – two key elements of Liquid
Spectrum – will be available in the second quarter of 2017. Liquid
Spectrum and its initial software applications are slated for delivery
by the end of this year.
“With Liquid Spectrum, Ciena brings together optical hardware
enhancements with an expanded Blue Planet portfolio. The result is a
strategic framework for how network operators can evolve toward more
streamlined operations and start on the path towards autonomous
- Heidi Adams, Senior Research Director, Transport Networks, IHS
“There was a time when network operators could easily predict their
network traffic demands and capacity needs at any given time. But
we’ve entered a new world with new rules where networks are more
complex and mobile and cloud applications can disrupt overnight. With
Liquid Spectrum, we are sharing our full vision and blueprint for the
way future optical networks should be built to tackle the challenges
of the next 10 years and beyond.”
- Steve Alexander, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology
Webinar: Ciena will discuss Liquid Spectrum and the future of optical
networks in a live webinar on March 15 at 8am PDT | 11am EDT | 3pm
GMT. Register here.
OFC 2017: Ciena will provide a glimpse into optical networks of the
future with a Liquid Spectrum demo at next week’s OFC
2017 (booth 2146).
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