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September 04, 2015 2:55 AM ET

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Company Overview of CALIENT Technologies, Inc.

Company Overview

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. manufactures photonic optical circuit switching systems that enable optical layer optimization in data centers and software defined networks. The company offers S-series optical circuit switches for data center, cloud computing, service provider, and government applications; OEM Subsystem Solution that operates as a white label optical switching system solutions for OEM applications; and LightConnect Fabric Manager that gives the data center operators with access to various optical circuit switch nodes. It also provides solutions in the areas of software defined packet-optical datacenter networks, multi-tenant datacenters, media production datacenters, laboratory f...

25 Castilian Drive

Suite 204

Goleta, CA 93117

United States

Founded in 1999





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CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Key Developments

CALIENT Technologies Announces New LightConnect™ Fabric Manager Software to Virtualize Data Center Pods

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced its LightConnect™ Fabric Manager interconnect orchestration software for the S-Series family of Optical Circuit Switches (OCS). LightConnect was developed to enable new virtual Pod (V-Pod)-based data centers by facilitating the orchestration of an OCS-based interconnect fabric for intra-data center connectivity allowing compute and storage resources to be shared between physical Pods in data centers. The LightConnect Fabric-driven V-Pod solution overcomes this challenge by creating an optical fabric that allows racks or rows of compute resources to be shared between physical Pods across the data center to accommodate varying workload demands. Now data center operators can run Pods at high levels of utilization, with the knowledge that additional compute resources can be allocated dynamically from other Pods if needed. As a result, the entire data center can be dimensioned to support an overall average peak demand, rather than having to do so for each individual Pod. To enable the OCS-Powered LightConnect Fabric, CALIENT is announcing the new LightConnect Fabric Manager. The CALIENT LightConnect Fabric Manager will be generally available in the second quarter of 2015. CALIENT’s S-Series Optical Circuit Switches, which form the physical basis for the LightConnect Fabric, are generally available and shipping in commercial volumes on March 25.

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Announces S160

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced the S160, a new smaller port-count version of its Optical Circuit Switching System for data center and service provider applications. The S160 is a 160-port addition to CALIENT’s S-Series product family, which also includes the 320-port S320 switch. Both switches provide very low latency, high-speed fiber-optic overlay networks for persistent dataflows, extended L2/L3 network boundaries and remote physical layer reconfiguration. The S160 is optimized for data center interconnect, hosting and co-location interconnect, service provider network, network equipment lab automation and media production network applications. Each switch port is transparent to bit rate supporting data speeds to 100 Gbps and beyond for a total throughput of more than 16 terabits per second. The heart of the S160 is the MEMS Switch Module, which switches up to 160 fiber-optic signals from any input port to any output port. The module uses CALIENT’s patented micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) optical switching technology to deliver typical switching speeds of 25 milliseconds with redundant control processors. The S160 chassis fits in a 19” rack. Maximum power consumption is 45 watts, and the switch has 80 LC or MTP fiber connectors for a total of 320 fiber terminations supporting 1,310nm and 1,550nm single-mode fiber.

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Announces Software-Defined Network Optical Topology Management Controller for Hybrid Packet-Optical Data Center Networks

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced a new software controller developed to facilitate dynamic reconfiguration of the optical network layer in cloud data center facilities. The new Optical Topology Management Controller, built using the OpenDayLight framework, also lays the foundation for hybrid network fabrics in which CALIENT’s S-Series optical circuit switches augment third-party packet-based networks. In modern cloud data centers, more than 60% of traffic is comprised of highly persistent traffic flows that require expensive, high-capacity networks for fast and efficient delivery. These 'elephant' flows, typically caused by data replications, storage migrations, and movements of big data sets in Hadoop distributed file systems, can overflow buffers on packet switches, negatively impacting smaller, equally important and latency-sensitive 'mouse' flows. The first release of CALIENT’s Software-Defined Network (SDN)-based Optical Topology Management Controller allows efficient optical topologies to be built on demand, optimizing access to compute and storage nodes to achieve maximum utilization of these critical resources. With the addition of traffic analysis and traffic engineering capabilities (planned for early 2015), the controller will support the full hybrid packet-optical network, in which the optical layer is reconfigured dynamically to create optical 'express' paths that offload highly persistent traffic flows from the L2/3 packet network. This means that applications and traffic pattern analysis algorithms will be able to drive the optical layer topology to achieve the levels of throughput and efficiency, thereby relieving the layer 2/3 network to efficiently deliver the more transient traffic. Pure optical circuit switched networks also offer tremendous cost savings – typically 80% less expensive than L2/3 solutions at 100Gbps. The CALIENT Software Defined Optical Topology Manager will be available for proof-of-concept testing and system integration with third party controller solutions starting January 2015. Additional functionality to enable full hybrid packet-optical networks will be announced in first quarter 2015.

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