Several equipment-related announcements today worth a mention:
BTISystems has been making aggressive low latency moves of late, and today they rolled out a new transponder for 10G networks that adds only 20-30ns of delay to transmission. That's the equivalent to adding 6 meters of fiberoptic cable. The new product gained the approval of Hibernia Atlantic and its Global Financial Network, which has long been aiming at trading firms.
Vitesse introduced its Caracal family of Ethernet backhaul switches, aimed at Carrier Ethernet, mobile backhaul, and Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTx) Passive Optical Networks (PON) applications. The new gear will become available during the third and fourth quarters, as Vitesse gets all its ducks in a row for the coming of 4G amongst other things.
And Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU, news, filings) has taken its coherent 100G technology and supporting IP technology and put it into a commercial deployment with TSystems, the division of DT that serves international corporate customers. The a 60km link between high performance datacenters at the Dresden and Bergakademie Freiberg technical universities is a live implementation of parts of the High Leverage Network that Alcatel-Lucent has been pushing. The two universities will exploit the new network in testing quality of service under high load for applications such as data distribution with the Lustre wide-area file system, clustered virtual servers, network-attached storage and real-time video conferencing applications. Of specific interest is the quality of service delivered under high load.
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