MRV launches next generation of Carrier Ethernet access devices 
with software-enabled scalability

Created May 24, 2016
Technologies and Products

MRV Communications, a provider of innovative network solutions for service providers, data centre operators and enterprises, has launched the OptiSwitch OS-V Series, its next generation portfolio of modular and compact, MEF CE 2.0-certified 1GbE and 10GbE Carrier Ethernet access devices. MRV’s OS-V series is distinguished by its industry-leading scalability and versatility, plus its high-performing architecture, which is delivered in two platforms; the OS-V8 fixed configuration platform and the OS-V20 modular platform, which has two expansion slots engineered to support a wide range of enhanced applications.

As service providers expand their networks to support mobile backhaul, high-bandwidth business services, and undergo migrations to cloud-based applications, the need for an open, flexible and scalable solution, with a high-capacity and programmable access device, is essential. The MEF CE 2.0 Certified, next generation OptiSwitch® OS-V series delivers a platform for SDN and NFV applications and reduces time-to-market for new carrier-class SLA-based services. Additionally, the solution enables an easy software-based migration from 1GbE to 10GbE services, thereby eliminating the need for forklift upgrades.

“Service provider networks are evolving to fit the growing requirements for service agility, high capacity, and scalability,” stated Michael Howard, Senior Research Director and Advisor for IHS-Infonetics. “As data traffic increases and demands for automation and agility rise, we see a strong market need for programmable network products that support flexible and easily managed networks, involving virtualized platforms and network functions using SDN and NFV technologies.”

The OS-V series supports a variety of applications including bandwidth-intensive business Ethernet services, 4G/LTE mobile backhaul, on-demand access to cloud-based applications, and E-Access service with scalable flow aggregation. To enable service providers to optimize their bandwidth resources, the OS-V provides advanced traffic management capabilities, such as highly scalable, micro-flow monitoring to ensure SLA-based services.

MRV’s OS-V series is powered by the field-proven Master-OS Linux-based operating system and is fully integrated into MRV’s advanced Pro-Vision service orchestration and management software. OS-V devices can be deployed in either a complete end-to-end solution, including OS-V Series access devices, OptiSwitch 9000 metro aggregation switches, and OptiPacket (OP-X) metro service edge platforms, or as independent network devices within a larger, heterogeneous network.

“Increases in mobile traffic and the need to access cloud services are driving communications service providers (CSPs) to look for ways to swiftly and economically deploy scalable and efficient bandwidth solutions,” commented Adam Scheer, Senior Vice President of Product Management and Corporate Development for MRV. “MRV’s OptiSwitch OS-V solution addresses the market demand for scalable 1GE to 10GE platforms, thereby enabling service providers to offer competitively priced, high performance access services at these speeds.”


Matthew Peach


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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.