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Product Brief Nortel Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc

The Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc are scalable, multi-service optical switching platforms designed to meet the complex networking needs of todays competitive service provider environments. These optical switches fundamentally redefine optical networking economics by incorporating technology and flexibility to minimize capital and operating costs and provide optimal network evolution. Dynamic market conditions, increasing competitive pressures, and the need for dramatic improvements in network efficiency have set the stage for a new breed of optical switching platform. Nortels next-generation Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc lead the way in intelligent optical switching, with the right solution for current and future market needs.

and HDXc also offer extensive subtending ring capability for efficient nodal consolidation applications. Furthermore, the integrated standardsbased control plane enables intelligent networking and automated provisioning functions allowing superior connection management, differentiated Classes of Services (CoS) and carrier-grade mesh protection and restoration options. These features, combined with additional advanced capabilities such as integrated DWDM interfaces with tunable lasers, pluggable optics and enhanced interface density, provide significant network-wide cost savings.

Redefining optical networking economics

Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc offer service providers and network operators a key competitive advantage the ability to respond to changing market demands now, with smaller footprint at a lower cost and the ability to scale their networks on demand in the future. > For smaller core sites, the Optical Cross Connect HDXc can be deployed as a standalone single shelf configuration to deliver between 200 Gbps and 640 Gbps in fully non-blocking optical switching capacity.

The Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc are Nortels flagship optical switching platforms providing a fieldproven, scalable switch fabric with concurrent support of SONET/SDH, transparent wavelength and Ethernet services. Optical Cross Connect HDX

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> The Optical Cross Connect HDX single shelf configuration provides scalability from 640 Gbps to 1.28 Tbps, also delivering fully nonblocking connectivity. > For offices requiring larger optical switching capacity, the Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc combination can be deployed to provide a scalable solution that can well exceed 5 Tbps. The Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc have common core architecture and share all the same hardware modules, software, control plane and network management for full interoperability in network deployments. Bottom line, Nortel offers scalable solutions for smaller, medium and larger switching offices with scalability ranging anywhere from 200 Gbps up to 5 Tbps and beyond. The Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc directly address capital expense (capex) and operating expense (opex) considerations by enabling consolidation and management of multiple services under one unified platform. They also allow wavelength connectivity in addition to grooming, aggregation and restoration of sub-wavelength services within the network at SONET/SDH line rates from 155 Mbps to 10 Gbps and 40 Gbps, transparent wavelengths and Ethernet services creating significant network efficiencies and immediate cost savings.




Voice ATM, Frame Relay, GE, 10GE, Fibre Channel, ESCON, FICON, Digital Video

Ring and mesh

OC-n/STM-m GbE 10GE services OTU-n (OTN) Ring and mesh





Ring and mesh HDXc

Optical Network Management Regional/core network

Networking Interconnect Point and click connectivity Service activation Modularly scalable CoS flexibility Service performance monitoring

Edge/IOF network
Services growth, grooming, and consolidation

elements. The optical control plane complies with the distributed architecture defined in ITU-T G.8080 (also referred to as ASTN) and uses GMPLS protocols. It delivers network topology auto-discovery and awareness, automated end-to-end provisioning, constraint-based routing of circuits, differentiated CoS per circuit provisioning and high-performance flexible mesh networking.
SONET/SDH-like mesh implementation

present mode of operation. As an example, revertive switching is a key advantage of the solution, providing predictable end-to-end routing of restored failed working paths.
Extensive linear, ring and mesh protection/restoration support

Unique advantages of the Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc

Carrier-grade network intelligence

Nortels advanced network intelligence features an integrated control plane distributed across the Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc network

The mesh protection and restoration capabilities allow carriers to provide a differentiated CoS offering as well as a means to recover service in multiple failure scenarios. Mesh protection/ restoration and control plane can easily be activated via software commands on a per-port basis to offer flexibility service providers need to gradually deploy such new technologies. The Nortel mesh implementation has a SONET/SDH look and feel in terms of performance and manageability to facilitate network deployment while minimizing impact to service providers

A key Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc differentiator is their ability to concurrently support multiple 2-fiber and 4-fiber 2.5/10-Gbps BLSR/MSSPRing rings, UPSR/SNC-P rings, point-to-point applications and mesh protection/restoration. In addition to dedicated protection and dynamic mesh restoration, the platform supports shared mesh, a unique deterministic mesh protection capability. With shared mesh, another deterministic class of services can be created. As carrier networks evolve for increased efficiency, shared mesh enables construction of robust architectures which recover readily from multiple or catastrophic failures while delivering significant port and network savings associated with sharing of protection capacity.






The Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc are designed to provide scalable bandwidth capacity, flexibility, agility and intelligence on an advanced platform that will drive the next-generation network.

High-density pluggable optical interfaces

connect integration into one platform. Other key contributing benefits are: Optimized initial first cost Matching optical switch capacity to network demandin both inter-office and core portions of the network. Single shelf deployment lowers initial first cost while maintaining full terabit scalability. Network opex and capex efficiency Providing unsurpassed throughput and power efficiency, resulting in reduced operational costs through simplified management, advanced optics, switching and power technology. Support for mesh restoration to maximize bandwidth utilization and reduce capital investment. Modular scalability Optical switching solution from tens of gigabits to terabits, fully non-blocking. Pluggable optics offer a flexible payas-you-grow deployment strategy and tunable lasers with AM1/AM2 support for a seamless interoperability with Optical Long Haul 1600. Bandwidth grooming Flexible service capability supporting 155/622 Mbps and 2.5/10/40 Gbps services with STS-1 to STS-768c (VC4 to VC4-256c) grooming granularity. Service transparency Creation of transparent end-to-end network connections (such as GbE, 2.5G, 10G), without altering the payload or data communications channels overhead.

The Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc support high-density, integrated DWDM with tunable lasers, intermediate and short reach interfaces allowing for higher port counts per card (up to 8 x 10G, 32 x 155/622M/2.5G/GbE). These high-density cards reduce installation and provisioning costs and facilitate new bandwidth deployment. Pluggable modules allow customized configurations to match the optical line and client interfacing requirements, allow pay-as-you-grow deployment, as well as reduce sparing costs.
Integration with Optical Cross Connect DX and more

Flexible networking and service delivery capabilities Convergence of wavelength, SONET/SDH and Ethernet services all on one platform; Optical Transport Network (OTN)ready for future-proof solution. Application flexibility Provides solutions for nodal consolidation, DCS modernization, photonic layer integration and multiple topology support (linear, ring, mesh). Advanced connection management features Dynamic connection management capability, including circuit auto-provisioning and network topology auto-discovery for accelerated time to service/revenues.

A combined Optical Cross Connect DX/HDX or DX/HDXc solution provides the flexibility to tailor optical switching capabilities for the specific office application from the largest major hub site to a smaller regional office. Complete interoperability is also supported with Nortels extensive installed base of OC-48/OC-192 Classic, OC-48 Lite, TN-16X/TN-64X, Optical Metro 3500, 4200 and 5200, Optical Multiservice Edge 6500 and Optical Line System 1600.

Optical network management and planning solutions

By harnessing a rich tradition and expertise, Nortel continues to extend its leadership by introducing compelling new tools to manage networks. The Optical Network Manager continues to deliver the capabilities required to maintain a healthy network and provides a common framework for end-to-end management of optical networks. The management functions are seamlessly integrated and easily accessible from a

Key customer advantages

The Optical Cross Connect HDX and HDXc optical switching solutions are supported by numerous network studies performed by Nortel optical planning teams. These studies consistently show up to 40 percent equipment savings and 50 percent operational savings through nodal consolidation and digital cross

consistent point-and-click user interface. This offers a consolidated network view and automates trouble notification and diagnosis as well as delivers timesaving management features such as proactive performance reporting, equipment inventory and network software updates.

The Optical Planner streamlines the decision-making process associated with the planning of ring, mesh and photonic network solutions. The software platform assists with wavelength generation through service grooming and leverages powerful automated algorithms to determine cost-optimized

routing and assignment of wavelengths within the photonic layer. Its multiperiod design capabilities allow strategic what-if analysis for growth and optimization activities to provide a future-proof, practical and robust design solution.

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