17 November 2015 Download this Press Release

Ekinops, a leading supplier of next-generation optical transport equipment, has demonstrated the interoperability of its DWDM optical transport solutions with an open source Software Defined Networking (SDN) controller.

EKINOPS announced today that its EKINOPS360 DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) system proved that it interoperates with the ONOS project's Open source SDN Network Operating System. The interoperability demonstration was conducted in collaboration with b-com, the French Institute of Research and Technology, which has strong expertise in new technologies applied to network management, particularly SDN.

For the live demonstration, EKINOPS and b<>com worked together to design and develop an interface layer between the SDN controller and the EKINOPS360 platform's network management protocols.

The interoperability assessment was done on a mesh network consisting of several EKINOPS360 Reconfigurable Optical Add-Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) nodes. To perform this live demonstration, 100 gigabit per second wavelength routes were created via the ONOS controller and automatically routed within the mesh network.

"The interoperability experiment was extremely successful," said Francois X. Ollivier, EKINOPS' Chief Technical Officer. "In light of the increasing interest in SDN, this demonstrates EKINOPS' commitment to offering service providers DWDM Layer 1 solutions that are proven to be SDN-aware.”

"These solutions, whether 100G or higher, are readily managed through our management software, enabling NFV (network functions virtualization) application to configure the physical transport on optical fiber networks."

"The evolution of 5G networks requires more flexibility and autonomy in their operation. It is based on SDN and NFV concepts. The interface layer developed with EKINOPS fully meets those promises," said Michel Corriou, Director of Domain Networks & Security at b-com.

About Ekinops

EKINOPS is a leading provider of open and fully interoperable Layer 1, 2 and 3 solutions to service providers around the world. Our programmable and highly scalable solutions enable the fast, flexible and cost-effective deployment of new services for both high-speed, high-capacity optical transport as well as virtualization-enabled managed enterprise services.

Our product portfolio consists of three highly complementary product and service sets: EKINOPS 360, OneAccess and Compose. EKINOPS 360 provides optical transport solutions for metro, regional and long-distance networks with WDM for high-capacity point-to-point, ring and optical mesh architectures, and OTN for improved bandwidth utilization and efficient multi-service aggregation.

OneAccess offers a wide choice of physical and virtualized deployment options for Layer 2 and Layer 3 access network functions.

Compose supports service providers in making their networks software-defined with a variety of software management tools and services, including the scalable SD-WAN Xpress. As service providers embrace SDN and NFV deployment models, EKINOPS enables future-proofed deployment today, enabling operators to seamlessly migrate to an open, virtualized delivery model at a time of their choosing.

A global organization, EKINOPS (EKI) - a public company traded on the Euronext Paris exchange - is headquartered in Lannion, France, and EKINOPS Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary, is incorporated in the USA.

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