Ciena CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform Qualified for IBM's New STP Technology and GDPS Business Continuity Solutions.CN 4200 platform provides advanced TDM (Time Division Multiplexing) A technology that transmits multiple signals simultaneously over a single transmission path. Each lower-speed signal is time sliced into one high-speed transmission. aggregation capabilities for STP STP or standard temperature and pressure, standard conditions for measurement of the properties of matter. The standard temperature is the freezing point of pure water, 0°C; or 273.15°K;. , enabling industry-leading bandwidth utilization and significant operational savings
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GDPS Global Data Processing System
GDPS Ground Data Processing System ([R])) business continuity solution and Server Time Protocol (STP), the new generation of technology for time synchronization of System Z([TM])mainframe server environments.
The CN 4200 is currently the only GDPS-qualified WDM (1) (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) A technology that uses multiple lasers and transmits several wavelengths of light (lambdas) simultaneously over a single optical fiber. solution with advanced time-division multiplexing (TDM) capabilities for multiple Inter-System Channel (ISC (1) (Internet Systems Consortium, Redwood City, CA www.isc.org) An organization founded by Paul Vixie, Carl Malamud and Rick Adams in 1994 and later sponsored by UUNET and other Internet companies. ) links exchanging STP time synchronization messages. The benefit of Ciena's unique approach is a dramatic reduction in wavelength channel counts, resulting in a lower cost of network connectivity. This Ciena STP feature is being released to support IBM's STP technology, made generally available (GA) on January 31, 2007, so that WDM network customers can optimize its advantages.
GDPS is a widely-deployed IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, www.ibm.com) The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries) family of solutions used primarily for IBM mainframe servers to provide customers with disaster recovery and continuous application availability capabilities. STP is IBM's newest generation of GDPS server time protocol synchronization technology, and is designed to allow multiple servers and coupling facilities to maintain synchronization with each other without requiring a Sysplex Timer([R]). Eliminating the need for Sysplex Timers can extend the distance between GDPS timer site locations from 40 km to up to 100 km for a GDPS/PPRC (Peer to Peer Remote Copy Peer to Peer Remote Copy or PPRC is a protocol to mirror a storage volume to another control unit in a remote site. Synchronous PPRC causes each write to the primary volume to be performed to the secondary as well, and the I/O is only considered complete when update to both ) solution. STP also provides simplification of infrastructure and can help reduce the overall cost of cross-site connectivity. Ciena's CN 4200 platform provides enterprise organizations and managed connectivity service providers the most efficient and scalable WDM solution for STP and GDPS business continuity applications.
"The ability of Ciena's CN 4200 to support the coexistence of current GDPS/Sysplex Timer solutions in addition to the new GDPS/STP technology can help ease customer migration from existing to new GDPS server applications," said R. B. Swift, program director for IBM's System Z Connectivity Solutions.
The CN 4200 multiplexes ISC signals, including the ISC-3 Peer Mode protocol used in STP applications, along with other data signals, such as Fibre Channel, GbE, FICON (FIber CONnector) An IBM mainframe channel introduced with its G5 servers in 1998. Based on the Fibre Channel standard, it boosts the transfer rate of ESCON's half-duplex 17MB/sec to a full-duplex 100MB/sec. and ESCON (Enterprise Systems CONnection) An IBM S/390 fiber-optic channel that transfers 17 Mbytes/sec over distances up to 60 km depending on connection type. ESCON allows peripheral devices to be located across large campuses and metropolitan areas. . The CN 4200 multiplexing capability can reduce the number of wavelengths required to support a typical STP implementation by up to 60 percent, resulting in significant cost savings for recurring monthly fiber lease expenses while providing ample capacity to support future service growth.
"We're very pleased that our CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform successfully completed the rigorous qualification testing for GDPS applications and STP technology, putting Ciena in a better position to help make these bandwidth-intensive environments as operationally and economically efficient as possible," said Steve Alexander, chief technology officer at Ciena. "IBM's qualification of our CN 4200 as the first WDM platform with TDM capabilities qualified for STP, coupled with our role as the specialist in network transition, positions Ciena well to help enterprises and managed service providers get optimal, economical performance from their IBM GDPS solutions as they adopt STP."
Ciena adds the STP and GDPS qualifications of its CN 4200 platform to an existing series of IBM qualifications in its product portfolio. Specifically, the CN 4200 is also part of the System Storage Proven partner program, and is Metro Mirror qualified. Other IBM-qualified Ciena products include the CN 2000[TM] Storage Extension Platform, a leading storage-over distance SONET/SDH and GbE solution qualified for Metro Mirror, Global Mirror, z/OS([R])Global Mirror, Global Copy, Peer to Peer VTS See VOB and virtual tape system.
VTS - A suite of test programs for Motif from OSF. and SVC (1) (Switched Virtual Circuit) A network connection that is established at the time the transmission is required and disconnected when the session is completed. ; and ONLINE Metro([TM]), a carrier-class, multiservice DWDM (Dense WDM) The term given to wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) when significantly more channels were being added. Since WDM is increasingly more "dense" all the time, both terms are used synonymously. See WDM.
DWDM - wavelength division multiplexing transport platform that is also GDPS-qualified.
About Ciena's CN 4200
The CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform is a next-generation multiservice transport and aggregation solution. It features a universal line card with advanced programmable optical port technology - FlexiPort - that can be remotely programmed and provisioned to support any speed, any function, any wavelength and any protocol on any port, including Gigabit Ethernet, ESCON and Fibre Channel. Deployed in enterprise private networks and for carrier-managed services worldwide, the CN 4200 can help deliver cost-effective, flexible options for the extension of storage area networks, remote disk mirroring, remote back-up and other storage networking applications.
Ciena Corporation is the network specialist, focused on expanding the possibilities for its customers' networks while reducing their cost of ownership. The company's systems, software and services target and cure specific network pain points so that telcos, cable operators, governments and enterprises can best exploit the new applications that are driving their businesses forward. For more information, visit www.ciena.com.
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