ADVA AG Optical Networking

May 11, 2011 10:26 ET

Juniper Networks, HEAnet and ADVA Optical Networking Demonstrate On-Demand Packet Optical Services

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DUBLIN, Ireland; MARTINSRIED/MUNICH, Germany. May 11, 2011.HEAnet, Juniper Networks and ADVA Optical Networking have successfully demonstrated the automated setup of optical circuits between Juniper Networks routers via an ADVA Optical Networking Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) optical network, using a common signaling protocol.

The HEAnet network consists of Juniper Networks(®) MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers and ADVA FSP 3000 DWDM equipment. All of the equipment shares one common GMPLS control plane. Using the control plane, HEAnet was able to provision end- to-end circuits between the routers over the optical network.

The deployment of the control plane enabled the initiating router to discover, reserve and then build an optical circuit across the optical network without any user intervention beyond the original user commands on the initiating router.

Rapidly growing traffic levels in both metro and core networks are driving many network operators to deploy a new network architecture based on integrated packet-layer routers and optical-transport systems. The resulting multi- layer packet-transport solution delivers significant traffic management flexibility at each network layer, enabling improved network utilization, efficiency, performance and scalability. The integration of the packet and transport layers via a sophisticated GMPLS control plane allows the packet layer to automatically request connections across the transport layer without manual intervention. Lowering service provider OPEX, this solution also provides the ability to rapidly deliver intelligent packet services.

"This is one of the first customer GMPLS interworking tests between router and optical equipment manufacturers," said Eoin Kenny, project leader, HEAnet. "It demonstrates how an Internet service provider can use GMPLS to provision circuits automatically across its optical network from a router in one simple step."

"The continued rapid growth in network traffic is placing new demands on service providers around the world to implement new efficient technologies that lower network management costs while improving performance," said Rami Rahim, senior vice president and general manager of the Ethernet and Aggregation Business Unit at Juniper Networks. "Juniper Networks was a GMPLS pioneer, and we are happy to see the growing interest and practical applications and deployments in commercial networks. GMPLS brings automation, flexibility and scalability to the service provider network, and this interoperability test demonstrates that Juniper Networks' MX Series delivers the ease of integration necessary to simplify provisioning of the network."

"ADVA Optical Networking has one of the most mature GMPLS-based optical control plane implementations in the industry," said Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer of ADVA Optical Networking. "Integrating our optical control plane with the router control plane is the next step in our vision of delivering cost-effective, flexible network solutions to our customers."


ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is a global provider of intelligent telecommunications infrastructure solutions. With software- automated Optical+Ethernet transmission technology, the Company builds the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. The Company's FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to customers' networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, ADVA Optical Networking forges close partnerships with its customers to meet the growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, the Company has become a trusted partner for more than 250 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit us at


HEAnet is Ireland's National Education and Research Network - providing high quality Internet and associated ICT services, to over 180,000 students and staff in Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology, and the research and educational community; including all primary and post-primary schools, bringing total end-users numbers up to approximately 1 million.

HEAnet offers a high-speed national network with direct connectivity for its education and research community to other networks in Ireland, Europe, the USA, and the rest of the world. HEAnet's network has been increasing consistently over recent years to keep pace with demand, with the majority of its clients now connected at Gbit speeds. For more information, please visit our

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