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GRNET successfully field trials ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect, TIP Voyager

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Greek research and technology network, GRNET, has successfully completed a joint field trial involving ADVA Optical Netwoking’s FSP 3000 CloudConnect and Voyager, the Facebook-designed packet transport system.

Tests used standard interfaces for multi-vendor management and orchestration, highlighting the value of optical network disaggregation and SDN-based openness. In the trial, 100Gb/s and 200Gb/s third-party wavelengths were transported over GRNET’s network, which spans 510km between Athens and Crete. Central to the tests were the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect and Voyager, the Facebook-designed open optical packet transport system developed for the Telecom Infra Project. Standardised open interfaces were used to orchestrate both technologies and manage the multi-vendor architecture. ADVA’s partner, the IT solutions provider ADAPTIT, also played a pivotal role in facilitating the field trial.

Commenting on the successful trial, Chrysostomos Tziouvaras, broadband infrastructures development manager, GRNET, said: ‘Data demand in the research and academic community is growing rapidly. That’s why we’re exploring the power of the ADVA FSP 3000 CloudConnect to transport ultra-high-capacity alien wavelengths. We’re excited by the results of this trial. It shows the potential of disaggregation to enhance our existing network and the role that open interfaces can play in creating new opportunities.’

Agreed Andreas Jelinek, senior director, sales, Eastern Europe at ADVA: ‘Today’s service providers are facing fundamental challenges. Keeping pace with ever-increasing data demand is simply impossible without a fundamental change to network architecture. As this trial demonstrates, service providers now have the power to leverage unprecedented value from their deployed infrastructure. By expanding the horizons of what multi-vendor infrastructure can achieve, we’re shaping the future of connectivity and collaboration and enabling educators and researchers to go further than ever before.’

ADVA’s FSP 3000 CloudConnect has also recently proved successful in America, where Telehouse America selected the platform to boost capacity between its New York service locations and colocation facilities (see ADVA Optical boosts DCI capacity for Telehouse America).

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