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Apollo Delivers Data Center


Centric Connectivity
Unparalleled interface density in 2U and 5U CLE
19" racks
All data center interface rates: 1/10/100 GbE and
Fibre Channel 1/2/4/8/10/16
Layer 1 optical encryption with AES-256 protects data
from interception
Nanosecond ultra-low latency for real-time transactions
Multi-vendor storage system interworking with EMC
certification
Tailored 100G coherent solutions for longest reach and
cost effectiveness
Guaranteed service availability via automatic protection
switching and ASON/WSON dynamic restoration
SDN-programmability for time-of-day and
bandwidth-on-demand scheduling
Low operational cost via LightSoft NMS end-to-end
service creation and performance monitoring

Your Partner for Growth

The Apollo family of packet-optical transport platforms is the ideal


choice for profitable data center connectivity applications. This is due
to its dense, modular architecture, value-added data center centric
features, and powerful supporting software for network management
and end-user control.

Data Center Connectivity means Business Resilience


Data is the lifeblood of business. It must be accessible easily across the enterprise to empower
applications and services to end-customers. Data must also be replicated among multiple physical
locations to ensure business continuity in the event of equipment failures or disasters. Businesses
are increasingly dependent on distributed data centers to fulfill these needs, with data center
connectivity being the arteries which carry this corporate lifeblood between enterprise locations
and data centers, and between the data centers themselves.

Right-Sized End-to-End Data Center Connectivity Solutions


The Apollo family consists of three packet-optical transport platforms capable of implementing
data center connectivity as either point-to-point configurations, or as a network-based service.
These include:
OPT9603 2U, 19" rack mountable for data center CLE, 3 slots, AC power option, stackable
OPT9608 5U, 19" rack mountable for data center CLE, 8 slots
OPT9624 Network-based platform, 24 slots
By leveraging a common set of blades across these platforms, Apollo delivers end-to-end data
center connectivity that is right-sized, service-transparent, low latency, operationally robust, and
full of value-added data center centric features to ensure a solution optimized to your needs.

Unparalleled Interface Richness and Density


Apollo blades can be used interchangeably across all of its platforms for ease-of-planning and to
drive economies-of-scale. The table below summarizes a subset of the Apollo service interface
blades that support Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel data center interfaces. All the multiservice muxponder blades also support TDM interfaces (not shown in the table), and can be used
for piggybacking additional TDM services on its colored wavelength at minimal incremental cost.

Blade

Description

Network
Interfaces

Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) and Fibre Channel (FC)


Data Center Client Interfaces
Interface
Types

Number
per
blade

Number
per 2U
OPT9603

Number
per 5U
OPT9608

10G Transport Solutions


AoC10

10G muxponder

2*OTU2

1GbE,
FC-1/2/4

16

48

128

TR10_12

10G transponder

6*OTU2/2e

10GbE,
FC-8/10/16

18

48

TR10_4EN

10G transponder with


2*OTU2/2e
AES-256 encryption

10GbE,
FC-8/10

16

100G Metro Transport Solutions


TM100
MXP100E
mode

Metro 100G coherent

1*OTU4

10GbE
(short reach)

10

30

80

CMR100M

Metro 100G coherent


muxponder

1*OTU4

10GbE/40GbE,
FC-8/10

10/2
10

10/2
10

40/8
40

TM100
TR100 mode

Metro 100G coherent


transponder

1*OTU4

100GbE

100G Regional Transport Solutions


CMR100

Regional 100G
coherent muxponder

1*OTU4

10GbE,
FC-8/10

10

10

40

TR100

Regional 100G
coherent transponder

1*OTU4

100GbE

4*OTU2e
or 10GbE

1GbE, 10GbE

16

48

80

Packet Transport Solution


AoC10_L2

Carrier Ethernet
MPLS-TP muxponder

Apollo High Density Blades Ideally Suited for Data Center Connectivity

Apollo's blades feature unparalleled interface density and low power to drive a small footprint and
control costs. To highlight some examples:
The AoC10 10G muxponder supports a mix of 48/128 clients of 1GbE or FC-1/2/4 in the OPT9603/08
CLE platforms.
The TR10_12 10G transponder supports a mix of 18/48 clients of 10GbE or FC-8/10/16 in the
OPT9603/08 CLE platforms.
The TM100 CFP-based metro 100G muxponder supports a total of 30/80 short-reach 10GbE

clients in the OPT9603/08 CLE platforms. This is illustrated below for the OPT9603, showing

how these 30 client interfaces multiplex onto three 100G coherent metro network interfaces

for transporting over 1200 km without regeneration.

Data Center Connectivity Application Example Ultra-high Density 100G Coherent

Value Added Data Center Centric Features


Beyond connectivity benefits, Apollo focuses on your profitability, through a multitude of powerful,
value-added features, focused on powering data center connectivity applications.

16G Fibre Channel This fifth generation FC technology is provided via the ultra-dense
TR10_12 10G transponder. 18 FC-16 clients are supported on the OPT9603, and 48 FC-16 clients
are supported on the OPT9608.

Ultra Low Latency The majority of data center connectivity applications, such as data access
or data backup, requires latency in the tens of milliseconds, which is supported by standard OTN.
For some data center connectivity applications, such as real-time recording of stock market
financial transactions, even lower latency connectivity is desired. The ultra-dense TR10_12 10G
transponder can provide ultra-low nanosecond latency by bypassing the OTN mapping function
and inserting data directly into a colored wavelength for DWDM transport.

Layer 1 Optical Encryption To protect against the interception of enterprise data by passively
tapping into an optical fiber, the TR10_4EN provides Layer 1 optical encryption that can be applied
to Ethernet, Fibre Channel, and TDM client services. Data is secured from the point at which it
enters the network until it leaves, using a 256-bit key, which is the highest level of the Advanced
Encryption Standard (AES-256).

Apollo Layer 1 Optical Encryption

Multi-vendor Storage System Interworking All Apollo blades are certified to interwork
with storage equipment from EMC, the world's largest supplier of storage systems, and others.

LAN Extension Service While data center connectivity is mostly implemented as a Layer 1
transparent transport service, in some instances it may be desirable to handle it as a Layer 2 packet
LAN extension service. Apollo can provide this through the AoC10_L2 blade, which integrates packet
services into Apollo's optical transport infrastructure under common network management, with
the following powerful packet capabilities:
MEF-defined E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, and E-Access Carrier Ethernet services
Statistical multiplexing for grooming and efficient transport of multiple 1GbE or 10GbE ports onto

a single 10GbE port


Integrated MPLS-TP switching and connection-oriented transport

Service Availability Guarantees For point-to-point and ring configurations, Apollo blades
provide a range of automatic protection switching (APS) options like Y-protection, OCH1+1, and
OLP, which provide instantaneous cutover in case of a link failure for the highest level of service
availability. In a mesh network configuration, where it may be too complex or costly to provide APS,
Apollo nodes can communicate with each other autonomously, through a GMPLS control plane, to
provide dynamic restoration by reconfiguring existing resources. ASON provides sub-wavelength
level restoration using Apollo's ODU cross-connect, and WSON provides wavelength level restoration
via Apollo's CDC ROADMs. These mechanisms complement APS to guarantee end-to-end service
availability even in the most complex networks.

Low Operational Expense ECI's world-class LightSoft NMS provides intuitive point-and-click
end-to-end service creation and network management for the Apollo family of products, focused
on fast service responsiveness and low operational expenses. It covers configuration, service
provisioning, fault management, performance monitoring, and security control. As a single integrated
management system with rich northbound interfaces to OSS, LightSoft enables full control of all
NEs regardless of their manufacturer, while providing a view of the entire network at a glance.
A particularly powerful LightSoft feature is real-time processing of Apollo's Optical Network Control
Parameters (ONCP) for detailed performance monitoring of each Apollo light path, as well as rapid
fault sectionalization, if required.

SDN Services Automation ECI's LightApp SDN services automation extends control to end
users for bandwidth-on-demand and services scheduling. With the Services Scheduling feature,
LightApp provides a calendar-like solution to reserve resources in advance, allowing explicit
for a specific amount of time. This responds to the requirement that services are required only at
certain times and for predictable durations, such as for periodic backups at night between data
centers. With Bandwidth-on-Demand, network resources are allocated dynamically according to
actual needs, saving network resources and dramatically improving network utilization.

LightApp Services Scheduling Example

In summary, the Apollo P-OTS family, with its dense, modular architecture, value-added data center
centric features and powerful supporting software for network management and end-user control,

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make it an ideal choice for profitable data center connectivity applications.

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scheduling of a network service (e.g. start time, end time, specific endpoints, required bandwidth)