Ciena and Arista Conducts Interoperability of 400GbE Solution


An interoperability test of the telecom industry’s most dense and spectrally-efficient 400GbE transport solution with the high-density native 400GbE router has been accomplished by the equipment solutions provider Ciena and the software solution provider Arista. The test lays the groundwork for ubiquitous high-bandwidth connectivity in global networks.

The test showed the successful interworking of the Ciena and Arista platforms, which combinedly enable network providers to switch and transport maximum capacity across any distance. The test would benefit single-span to long-haul and subsea links and also help reduction in the footprint and power in datacenter environments.

The interoperability test leveraged Ciena’s Waveserver 5, powered by WaveLogic 5 Extreme (WL5e) coherent optics, and Arista’s 7280DR3 to show how high-bandwidth 100GbE and 400GbE client traffic can be maximized across any distance, supporting industry-leading fiber capacities up to 38.4Tbps.

The testing included successful transport of two 400GbE client signals from Arista’s 7280DR3 across a single WL5e 800G wavelength on Ciena’s Waveserver 5, demonstrating the most capacity achieved in the industry over a single set of electro-optics.

Ciena’s Waveserver 5 supports up to 12.8Tbps in a compact 2RU footprint and enables providers to maximize transport of high-bandwidth 100GbE and 400GbE client traffic across any distance using minimal hardware.

Arista’s 7280DR3-24 router supports 9.6Tbps of throughput with 24x400GbE ports in an ultra-compact 1RU footprint.

The interoperability test conducted by both companies demonstrates their commitment to providing open, programmable architectures with best-in-class service density that underpin the foundation of DCI networks globally. The test result is critical for ICPs and service providers who are looking to scale capacity while operating in space and power-challenged DCI environments.

Arista Networks pioneered software-driven, cognitive cloud networking for large-scale datacenter and campus environments. Arista’s award-winning platforms redefine and deliver availability, agility, automation, analytics, and security. Arista has shipped more than twenty million cloud networking ports worldwide with CloudVision and EOS, an advanced network operating system.

ARISTA, EOS, CloudEOS, and CloudVision are among the registered and unregistered trademarks of Arista Networks, Inc. in jurisdictions around the world. Other company names or product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Ciena is a networking systems, services, and software company, providing solutions that help clients create the Adaptive NetworkTM in response to the constantly changing demands of end-users. Ciena builds the world’s most agile networks with automation, openness and scale.

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