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MRV introduces OptiPacket OP-X1 access platform extending 100 Gbit/s CE2.0 to last mile
Announced Date: 6/9/2015 Published Date: 6/10/2015

MRV Communications, a global provider of converged packet and optical solutions for the optical edge and network integration services, announced the release of the OptiPacket OP-X1 access platform, designed to extend 100 Gbit/s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE2.0) capabilities to the last mile.

Supporting a flexible mix of 100 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and delivering 800 Gbit/s of switching capacity, the OP-X1 solution is designed to enable service-critical customer bandwidth expansion up to 100 Gbit/s and/or support a number of 10 Gbit/s customer links from a dense 2 RU platform. Additional features of the OP-X1 platform include:

  1. Runs an operating system based on MRV's MasterOS open Linux software, as deployed on all MRV switching products, providing a path to the adoption of SDN and NFV technology.

  2. Shares hardware interface cards with MRV's OP-X4 3.2 Tbit/s chassis, providing flexibility in terms of service offerings, expandability to higher capacities and an end-to-end metro network capability.

  3. Power consumption of less than 0.7 Watts per Gbit/s, which in common with other OptiPacket products, is claimed to make it the lowest power usage per-bit switching platform available.

The OptiPacket family is part of MRV's strategy to enhance the optical edge by accelerating packet-optical convergence by offering advanced hardware and intelligent software. The OP-X series combines the field-proven technology of its optical and packet product families in a single, flexible, intelligent architecture, and by optimising the platform for packet, optical and converged networks MRV aims to equip service providers to deliver multi-layer services over the metro service edge.

The platforms also utilise X86 CPUs, while management intelligence allows service providers to deploy the platform to provide a foundation for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) environments.

MRV launched the OptiPacket (OP-X) metro service edge platform in mid-2014, offering support for 10 Gbit/s and 100 Gbit/s high-density interfaces and deployment options including as a packet-only solution in mega-points of presence (PoPs) for broadband aggregation, as an OTN solution for transport and management of multi-protocol networks, or as a flexible converged packet-optical solution.