Corning introduces software-defined LAN infrastructure

Corning’s Optical Network Evolution SD-LAN solution brings software-defined benefits of adaptability, scalability and intelligence to local area networks.

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Corning Incorporated recently announced the launch of its Optical Network Evolution SD-LAN solution, which the company says “applies software-defined technology benefits of adaptability, scalability, and intelligence to the in-building local area network.”

The solution “decouples hardware and software layers, creating a flexible platform for deploying traditional Ethernet or passive optical LAN using the same hardware at the edge,” Corning explained. “By leveraging the inherent benefits of fiber- and power-deep topologies, network managers can realize significantly reduced up-front and future upgrade costs.”

Furthermore, the infrastructure topologies that can be deployed via the SD-LAN solution “enable future-ready connectivity inside buildings with the ability to converge multiple technologies over a single, simplified infrastructure that supports LAN, WiFi, cellular, audiovisual, security, building automation, and more over the lifetime of the building with little to no new cabling,” Corning said.

Key components of the SD-LAN solution are (pictured, left-to-right) the software-defined data plane, composite cabling, and software-defined access node.

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“The platform is technology-neutral,” the company added, “supporting active Ethernet deep into the network and passive optical LAN over a software-defined network architecture. Since the software does all the heavy lifting, it’s easy for administrators to manage traffic and customized upgrades to the network, quickly and efficiently from one centralized location. This intelligent solution reduces switches, which can help speed up network performance, and minimizes overall network complexity. A smarter network equals improved productivity, reduced costs, and a happier network administrator.”

The company also stated that Optical Network Evolution topologies have been deployed at hundreds of customer sites already, including hotels, office buildings, hospitals, arenas and other venues.

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