Ericsson, Ciena Partner on IP and Optical Networks, SDN
The two companies are aiming their joint development and marketing efforts at helping service providers develop flexible networks.Ericsson and Ciena are partnering in an effort to enable service providers to more rapidly deploy converged IP and optical networks that leverage software-defined networking capabilities. The two companies will jointly develop transport solutions for such converged IP-optical networks and evolve those transport networks into software-defined networking (SDN) environments, they announced Feb. 14. The combination will give service providers the tools to create more programmable networks that will help them drive down costs and speed up the deployment of new services, according to Johan Wibergh, executive vice president and head of Ericsson's Business Unit Networks. "The convergence between IP and optical network layers in an open SDN-controlled architecture will enable more flexible and cost-efficient networks for service providers," Wibergh said in a statement, adding that the ability to offer Ciena's packet-optical products will be a "great complement to our portfolio of fourth-generation IP products." Ciena will bring its optical technology capabilities, such as its WaveLogic coherent optical processors, while Ericsson has a broad portfolio of IP (Internet protocol) routers and a services organization that has global reach, officials with the two companies said. As part of the partnership, Ericsson will offer Ciena's Converged Packet Optical portfolio, such as the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform and the 5400 family of products.
Officials with Ericsson and Ciena said the companies already have product integration and go-to-market efforts underway.