Cisco Sharpens Optical Focus

Cisco Systems Inc. announced that it expanded its optical line with an offering that allows enterprises to aggregate as many as 40 data connections over a single wavelength.

The Cisco ONS 15530, set to be available in early July, is a DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) solution targeted for large enterprises managing metropolitan area networks. The aggregation feature allows enterprises to consolidate multiple information streams over the same wavelength so they can use more of the available bandwidth. It is particularly suited for applications such as data replication and other business continuity applications, Cisco officials said.

The first version allows an ONS 15530 to aggregate up to 40 channels using the ESCON (Enterprise Systems Connection) fiber optics-bases storage protocol over one 10Gbps wavelength. Typically, without the aggregation feature, enterprises would need to dedicate a separate wavelength for each ESCON channel.

News source: eWeek - Cisco Sharpens Optical Focus

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