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November 25, 2015 12:23 AM ET

Electronic Equipment, Instruments and Components

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, Inc. Announces Integration with Spirent Communications

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced that Spirent Communications has completed integration of its S Series Optical Circuit Switch with Spirent Velocity testbed orchestration software. Spirent has developed a software driver that allows Velocity to control CALIENT’s S320 and S160 Optical Circuit Switches to provide layer-1 optical topology reconfiguration in network equipment test labs. The combined product offering is aimed at network test labs working with 40Gbps and faster networking equipment. Now labs can build a “fiber once” test lab connectivity infrastructure using S Series switches, and then manage and control topology and testing of the connected equipment with Velocity. The combined solution will dramatically reduce cabling errors, speed equipment testing and allow product developers from anywhere in the world to conduct their own tests remotely at centralized lab facilities. Spirent’s Velocity schedules, orchestrates, manages and monitors testing of physical and virtual network equipment and software. Velocity is a Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS) test orchestration platform that enables testers to quickly create and execute complex test scenarios in a self-service approach. It also features a multi-user reservation system to allow departments across the world to collaborate and schedule tests while avoiding resource conflicts. CALIENT’s S Series Optical Circuit Switches include the S320 and S160, both of which are used to create any-to-any, layer-one network connections that can be reconfigured on demand and have virtually zero latency. The S320 is a 320-port switch with each port being transparent to protocol and bit rate and thus supporting data speeds to 100 Gbps and beyond with a total capacity of more than 32 Tbps. The S160 is a 160-port OCS switch with the same capabilities and a capacity of more than 16 Tbps.

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.

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