Phoenix Datacom and Calient Technologies collaborate to deliver Optical Circuit Switching to Data Centres and Service Providers in the UK

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Optical Switching in the data centre comes of age to reduce latency and improve control of SDN physical infrastructures

Optical Switching in the data centre has come of age, and through this collaboration, our customers can leverage Calient’s pure optical layer switching technology for more flexible and higher port count SDN/NFV networks.

Phoenix Datacom Limited, the UK’s leader for improving performance and security in data centres and networks has announced its collaboration with Calient Technologies, to provide and support its high port count S-Series Optical Switches in the UK.

Calient’s S-Series Optical Switches are used to create a network fabric with total throughput of more than 32 terabits per second. The optical circuit switch allows any-to-any network connections with minimal latency and can be reconfigured on-demand through a software-defined network (SDN) controller.

Each switch port is transparent to bit rate and can support data speeds up to 100 Gbps and beyond. The S-Series Switches are used in cloud data centres, co-location, multi-tenant facilities and service provider networks.

“Optical Switching in the data centre has come of age, and through this collaboration, our customers can leverage Calient’s pure optical layer switching technology for more flexible and higher port count SDN/NFV networks,” said John Carson, Managing Director of Phoenix Datacom. “We have already seen growth in demand for Optical Switching in lab testing environments, and switching in the data centre gives a competitive advantage with reduced latency, lower configuration times in multi-tenanted data centres, as well as less power usage and of course the associated return on investment.”

“The S-Series Switches bring significant value to these applications, and when added to the trust that Phoenix Datacom has established with leading organisations in the UK, it makes for a powerful combination for the customer,” said Erik Leonard, Calient’s Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. “We are delighted to collaborate with Phoenix Datacom as it will allow us to start the OCS revolution with customers throughout the UK.”

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About Phoenix Datacom

Phoenix Datacom is trusted by major UK organisations, including Enterprise Network Owners in Private and Public Sectors and Defence, Network Equipment Manufacturers and most of the Fixed and Mobile Carriers and Broadcast providers to help them test, monitor, secure and optimise their networks & critical applications.

About Calient Technologies

Calient Technologies is the global leader in pure photonic Optical Circuit Switching with systems that enable dynamic optical layer optimisation in next generation data centres, software defined networks, and media production facilities worldwide. Calient’s 3D MEMS switches provide optical path switching at up to seven-times lower cost than conventional packet-based solutions.

The company designs and builds its systems using its own state-of-the-art MEMS Fab facility located at its corporate headquarters in Santa Barbara, California.

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