Cisco to Become a Player in the DWDM

  • Written By: G. Duhaime
  • Published: May 18 2000

Cisco to Become a Player in the DWDM
G. Duhaime -May 18, 2000

Event Summary

San Jose, CA, May 2nd, 2000 - Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) announced their entrance into the emerging market of Dense-Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM). The Cisco Metro 1500 Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) is a scaleable switch, which will support existing infrastructure platforms such as Gigabit and ATM. This switch is capable of handling ring topologies with up to 32 wavelengths per fiber and it's a protocol independent solution for point-to-point network technologies.

The Cisco Metro 1500 series will allow companies to extend their existing Enterprise LANs into MANs. This will be accomplished by leveraging the existing protocols used today in this technology space as high-bandwidth applications are developed and emerge as standards. We expect that the user community will embrace this technology because it is more cost effective compared to lease-line technology.

Market Impact

Cisco's Metro 1500 Dense-Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) series will allow large enterprise customers to leverage available dark fiber (unused fiber) for high-bandwidth applications such as high-speed disaster recovery and data center consolidation. This product is available today to provide a logical migration path from LANs into MANs at a relatively low cost while keeping the same look and feel of a standard Cisco product.

Cisco's line of Optical networking products has been enhanced with the addition of the Metro 1500 Enterprise series, a line based on an OEM agreement with ADVA Optical Networking. Other products included in this line are Cisco's ONS 15800 Wavemux.

User Recommendations

Network managers who fit into the realm of a large scale Enterprise LAN or MAN should evaluate Cisco's entrance into this space. The Cisco Metro 1500 series is a highly reliable and protocol-independent platform that allows for a point-to-point solution without having the expense and aggravation of lease line technology. Cisco has also included the feature set and feel of their enterprise LAN equipment into the product line. The product is fully integrated into Cisco's suite of network management tools and supported worldwide by Cisco's service and support group.

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