Network operators generally have only two photonic architecture options in today’s world. They can use passive fixed optical filters that are simple and low-cost, but lack automation and are very inflexible. Or they can deploy a ROADM architecture that offers full mesh flexibility and remote configurability, but comes with a sometimes prohibitive cost for wide-scale deployment, especially in access and metro areas.
That’s where Ciena’s new Coherent Select architecture comes in, offering a third deployment option. Coherent Select takes advantage of the embedded intelligence of Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent optics to greatly simplify and de-cost high-capacity access and aggregation networks while still giving them the agility and responsiveness required in today’s cloud-based world.
In this Chalk Talk session, Bao Nguyen introduces Ciena's innovative Coherent Select photonic architecture.