Earlier today, ADVA Optical Networking unveiled a new User Network Interface (UNI) for its RAYcontrol Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) control plane.

According to company literature, “The new functionality enables users to seamlessly unite packet optical networks with optical transport technology. RAYcontrol can now encapsulate the optical transport domain into a virtual topology and expose available resources to a packet domain. The new capability facilitates packet-optical integration and enables client equipment, such as IP/MPLS routers, to interoperate with the transport layer in a seamless manner, providing maximum service velocity and ease of use.”??

“Our GMPLS control plane is one of the best-kept secrets in the industry,” comments Christoph Glingener, ADVA’s CTO. “With the addition of the GMPLS UNI, RAYcontrol answers one of the most critical needs in the industry, providing seamless integration between packet networks and optical domains. Our global research-and-development team has worked directly with customers to understand their exact needs here and the result is something special. It’s a critical element for service providers as they seek to leverage their platforms to drive greater efficiency and automation.”?

“This represents a significant milestone in the development of packet optical networks,” adds Luc Ceuppens, vice president/Product Marketing at Juniper Networks. “For the first time, the industry has a method to integrate packet networks and optical domains into one seamless network while retaining their traditional control and management mechanisms. This dramatically increases the service speed and reliability for operators. We’ve already seen a strong response from our customers who need this level of transparency and service automation between routers and optical transport equipment.”?

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