MRV’s New High-Density Platform Provides Flexible, Non-Blocking Physical Layer Switching Capabilities

MRV Communications™, Inc., a leading provider of innovative packet and optical solutions, today announced the recent release of its Media Cross Connect™ 288 High-Speed Chassis.

The new Media Cross Connect™ chassis addresses the ever-expanding needs of equipment manufacturers, carriers and service providers as they address the explosion of bandwidth-hungry network applications, such as mobile and cloud computing. The solution accelerates development efforts by providing flexible, non-blocking physical layer switching capabilities, supporting 288 ports of 10Gbps connectivity. The expanded port density improves both CAPEX and OPEX, and further accelerates time-to-market in the development of bandwidth-rich services.

Network equipment manufacturers, carriers and data centers encounter many challenges in keeping up with the explosion of popular, bandwidth-rich applications such as cloud computing, virtual computing and mobile communications. Bringing new products or services to market faster provides an important competitive advantage. These principles apply to organizations across a wide range of activities including hardware platform introduction, software verification, interoperability certification and pre-sales/post-sales support training. Minimizing expenditures while maximizing resources and equipment are critical to efficiency and eventually overall profitability.

Hitachi Data Systems utilizes the Media Cross Connect™ 288 high-speed physical layer switching platform to test and validate storage solutions deployed by their customers in a variety of end-user configurations, across a number of markets including service providers, carriers and enterprises. As an existing MRV and Media Cross Connect™ customer, Hitachi Data Systems was able to leverage MRV’s existing connectivity blades, software, API support and compatibility with leading lab automation management solutions to quickly and easily migrate to a higher density platform.

“Having 288 ports of high-speed connectivity in one platform greatly reduces our testing platform costs, as well as the amount of labor required to cable multiple chassis together to test higher density solutions. This capability greatly improves operational efficiency,” said Jeffrey Blomberg, senior director, Technical Operations Infrastructure and Product Services at Hitachi Data Systems. “Reduced setup time and capital equipment costs are important factors, but also knowing that the platform provides reliable, consistent high-speed connectivity with low latency is also a crucial element to our test environment.”

“The Media Cross Connect solution strongly positions service providers to handle the continued growth of bandwidth-intensive applications demanded by businesses and consumers around the world. The Media Cross Connect product family continues to evolve to support changes in the test lab automation market, and the Media Cross Connect 288 High-Speed Chassis is the next step in that evolution,” said Tim Pillow, senior VP of global sales and marketing for MRV. “The solution leverages our robust embedded management tools and is compatible with existing Media Cross Connect family connectivity blades to further protect our customer’s investments.”

Source: http://www.mrv.com

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