NEW YORK – Continuing to build on its strong history in 100G technology, Verizon has completed another technology milestone by proving that 100G traffic can be successfully carried over Verizon’s regional Ethernet network between two 100G network interface devices while maintaining carrier-grade performance.
A network interface device, known as a NID, is typically located at a customer’s premises to connect it to the service provider’s network.
Using the Canoga Perkins 9145E100G CloudBusterTM, the industry’s first 100G Ethernet NID, the trial consisted of transmitting 100G traffic for 4.6 miles (7.4 km) over the Verizon regional switched Ethernet services network in the Dallas area. Splice Communications, a Verizon Global Wholesale customer, provided connectivity to CyrusOne, a global data center provider that served as the end user in the trial.
“This accomplishment, which we believe is an industry first, is a significant step forward along the evolution of 100G technology in preparation for the day when demand for higher network speed and capacities outgrows current technologies,” said Guru Pai, chief product officer and senior vice president of corporate technology. “Having 100G network access will be important for businesses that operate data centers and for mobile backhaul and other service applications.
“And while the pace of advancement is important, we’re equally focused on performance – and this trial proves we can carry 100G traffic to customer premises while maintaining the level of quality they demand,” Pai said.
Performance results for key metrics were well above industry standards for Ethernet virtual connections. The metrics consisted of frame delay, the amount of time it takes for an Ethernet frame – a unit of packetized, formatted information – to reach its destination; delay variation, how much the delay varies from frame to frame; and throughput, the amount of data successfully delivered.
“Canoga Perkins is seeing very strong interest in 100G connections,” said Tim Champion, president and CEO of Canoga Perkins. “This technology trial proves our 100G Cloudbuster NID is capable of handling internal data aggregation needs where demand has already reached 100G speeds, such as data centers and cloud-storage applications.”
Added Andy Coan, president and chief executive officer of Splice: “As more and more customers require higher capacity to support their applications, important technology advancements like this one with Verizon, Canoga Perkins and Splice are leading us in the right direction. We know sub-100 gig won’t be enough in the very near future as businesses look to aggregate large bandwidth for their internal network infrastructure.”
Said Josh Snowhorn, vice president and general manager of interconnection at CyrusOne: “We realize the future benefits of delivering more flexibility to handle customers’ data connectivity needs, so collaboration is important on technology trials such as this one. The CyrusOne network team was dedicated to helping make this 100G NID trial a success by working alongside Verizon and Canoga Perkins.”
The growing demand for higher bandwidth comes from capacity needed to stay ahead of such drivers as cloud services, 4G LTE mobile technology and collaboration services. This technology trial provides the necessary level of performance to meet both 100G traffic demand and customer requirements and expectations.
“The success of this trial affirms Verizon’s leadership in high-bandwidth technology while providing a better understanding of the technology’s challenges and possibilities for future development,” said Pai.
Verizon has been a leader in 100G technology for the past several years. In September 2011, the company deployed 100G technology on an ultra-long-haul optical system on the first of several routes in the U.S. Currently, Verizon has approximately 20,000 100G miles deployed on its U.S. network and 8,500 total 100G miles on its European network.
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