Integra employs Ciena packet optical platform to enhance cloud service business

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Integra has turned to its key optical vendor Ciena and its 6500 converged packet platform to enhance its recently completely optical network route between Salt Lake City and Sacramento.

By leveraging Ciena's WaveLogic Photonics capabilities, Integra said it will be able to tailor its services, such as diverse path protection in addition to low latency, for data center, enterprise, government and wholesale carrier application demands along this key network route. 

One of the benefits that the WaveLogic Photonics enables is it allows Integra to deploy high capacity services across the 1400 km route without regeneration, bypassing numerous huts while reducing latency, power and space requirements. 

Complementing the capabilities of the 6500 platform, Ciena is also supplying the CLEC its Smart Raman with PinPoint software and OneControl Unified Management System. PinPoint provides rapid turn-up of photonic services and localizing fiber faults, which it claims can accelerate repair times. Integra will use OneControl to ensure that it can meet end-customer service level agreements (SLAs). 

"With Ciena's WaveLogic Photonics capabilities we now have greater visibility into our network than before, supporting service responsiveness and enhancing our competitive advantage," said Michael Sharpe, senior vice president, operations for Integra. 

Having these capabilities in place will give Integra further points of differentiation as looks to challenge area incumbents such as CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and AT&T (NYSE: T) for larger business and carrier customers.

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