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COLT Deploys ADVA FC Service

NORCROSS, Ga., and MARTINSRIED/MUNICH, Germany -- ADVA Optical Networking and COLT, a leading provider of data, voice and managed enterprise services, today announced the markets first deployment of an 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel (FC) service over distance.

Featured within a customer’s Storage Area Network (SAN), the new service, built specifically upon the ADVA FSP 3000’s 8Gbit/s FC card, provides a point-to-point link that stretches beyond 135km. Connecting two data centers with an 8Gbit/s FC link across this distance was dependent upon the ADVA FSP 3000’s Raman amplification capabilities to eliminate the need for mid-span huts and the associated operations and maintenance costs.

“The increasing growth in data-intensive, high-speed networking applications, particularly in storage environments, is driving the demand for Fibre Channel solutions at higher bitrates and longer distances,” said Dr. Alireza Mahmoodshahi, COLT group chief technology officer (CTO). “ADVA Optical Networking understands this demand and has developed an industry leading 8Gbit/s FC solution capable of responding to our customers’ needs. Successfully tested and deployed, ADVA Optical Networking has helped us to deliver a key service and a market first. We look forward to rolling this out to more customers soon.”

ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV)

COLT Telecom Group plc