Ciena helps Samsung deploy optical mesh network

Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Monday announced that Samsung SDS Co., Ltd., an information and communications technology service provider, has deployed Ciena’s full portfolio of intelligent Packet-Optical Switching, Packet-Optical Transport, Carrier Ethernet (CES) and ON-Center Management Suite services to create its own private network, which will connect offices and employees across multiple locations globally.



Ciena Corporation, a supplier of telecommunications network equipment, on Monday announced that Samsung SDS Co., Ltd., an information and communications technology service provider, has deployed Ciena’s full portfolio of intelligent Packet-Optical Switching, Packet-Optical Transport, Carrier Ethernet (CES) and ON-Center Management Suite services to create its own private network, which will connect offices and employees across multiple locations globally.


The new intelligent optical mesh backbone will provide Samsung SDS (Seoul, South Korea) with a network to ensure availability of its IT infrastructure and applications, with unified network and service management, says Ciena (Linthicum, Md., USA).


Faced with an aging ATM and MPLS-based network that was challenged to deliver optimal network availability in the wake of natural and manmade disasters, as well as general performance issues, Samsung SDS was driven to upgrade its network with intelligent optical mesh technology that automatically routes traffic around network issues, says Ciena.


Optical mesh networks rely on optical control plane technology to automate the provisioning and restoration of complex optical networks. Properly designed mesh networks can achieve availability of 99%, which translates into only 31 seconds of annual downtime, yielding a tenfold improvement when compared to traditional ring-based networks, says Ciena. Mesh-based networks, by virtue of interconnected topology, can also reduce required network capacity by more than 30% when compared to ring-based networks.


Ciena’s OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane, the heart of its CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switch, provides distributed intelligence that ensures network capacity in the event of disruptive network failures such as one or multiple and simultaneous fiber cuts. Based on a mesh design, protection is shared across multiple “working” routes using restoration technology that can dynamically reroute services around failures using available bandwidth anywhere in the network, according to the company.


“Unplanned network downtime can not only disrupt customer-facing services, but it can also impact revenue and cause long-term damage to our brand,” says Ryu HaeKwang, vice president, Infra Technology Team at Samsung SDS.


Samsung’s IT infrastructure includes more than 14,000 servers. Its communications infrastructure serves 489 different customer sites in 67 countries.


This is Ciena’s largest enterprise control plane deployment to date.  Other recently announced customers using Ciena’s intelligent control plane technology include: Verizon for global mesh capabilities; Indiana Fiver Network for statewide network protection; and the LION2 consortium for submarine network resiliency.