Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Marvell launches 800G ZR/ZR+ for Data Center Interconnects

 Marvell introduced a family of 800 Gbps ZR/ZR+ pluggable modules for data center interconnects (DCIs). 

COLORZ 800 incorporates Marvell's new 5nm Orion 800 Gbps coherent DSP with its silicon photonics platform, which integrates multiple discrete components into a single die, providing up to 800 Gbps of bandwidth for DCI links up to 500km. 

COLORZ 800 can also be enabled for connections up to 1,200km operating at 400/600 Gbps to replace traditional transport equipment across a greater range of cloud infrastructure.

The modules are based on open standards managed by the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) and OpenZR+. COLORZ 800 is expected to sample in Q4 2023. 

Marvell estimates its COLORZ 800 lowers the capital cost of DCI by up to 75% compared to traditional rack-based DCI boxes with embedded DSPs while cutting operating expenses such as power, rack space and real estate.

"The new level of performance delivered by COLORZ 800 greatly expands the use cases and opportunities for coherent pluggable modules," said Josef Berger, Associate Vice President of Marketing, Optical Group at Marvell. "The new modules further extend our strategy of helping cloud providers develop infrastructure that can keep up with the pace of AI and other workloads."

  • Marvell introduced the industry's first DCI pluggable COLORZ 100 QSFP module in 2017 followed by the industry's first 400G ZR/ZR+ QSFP-DD, COLORZ 400. 
  •  In March, Marvell announced Teralynx 10, a 51.2T switch chip for powering cloud switch systems, as well as Nova™, an industry-first 1.6T PAM4 DSP capable of transmitting 200G per wavelength of light to double the capacity of PAM4 modules. 
  •  In 2022, Marvell also released the 400 Gbps and 800 Gbps Alaska® A DSPs for AEC. Additionally, Marvell produces drivers and amplifiers included in optical modules.

Marvell delivers 800 Gbps CDSP for pluggable modules

Marvell has begun sampling an 800 Gbps coherent digital signal processor (DSP) for pluggable modules, promising 2x the maximum bandwidth over existing solutions while staying within the stringent thermal and electrical limits of pluggable modules.

Marvell expects is new Orion-based pluggable modules to deliver up to 75% in capex and opex savings over traditional transport equipment for popular carrier use cases such as metro networks. 

Key uses cases:

  • Metro network connections (~500km) delivering 800 Gbps per wavelength, 2x the bandwidth of current state-of-the art pluggable modules.
  • 600 Gbps regional network connections (~1,200km) for core networks built around standards-based modules and routers based on IP over DWDM (IPoDWDM) to reduce cost and complexity of infrastructure.
  • 400 Gbps long-haul connections (up to ~2,000km) in traditional or IPoDWDM networks.
  • 800 Gbps (~500km) and 600 Gbps (~1,200km) ZR/ZR+ data center interconnects to scale network capacity quickly and economically to accommodate the surging traffic from AI and other distributed, data-intensive workloads.
  • Orion-based modules will also pave the way for greater adoption of IPoDWDM. 


  • Produced on 5nm technology, Orion is the fifth generation coherent DSP from Marvell and offers twice the bandwidth in the same small module form factors as Deneb and Canopus.
  • Orion is the industry's first coherent DSP supporting standards-based pluggable form factors at symbol rates in excess of 130+ GBaud, which allows Orion-based modules to transfer data at a faster rate and across longer distances than current modules. 
  • Orion incorporates Marvell's 112 Gbps SerDes developed as part of Marvell's technology platform for 5nm devices.
  • Orion complies with OIF, OpenZR+, OpenROADM, and IEEE standards and can be used in the QSFP-DD, OSFP, and CFP2 form factors

"Orion represents a tipping point for optical transport technology. With Orion, pluggable modules will be able to be deployed across these complex, high-performance networks while delivering substantial reductions in cost and power. Orion-based modules will also deliver the bandwidth needed for data center interconnects to meet the exploding demand for AI," said Achyut Shah, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Connectivity Business Group at Marvell. "Fueled by the innovation of our partners, pluggable modules based on Orion will become the leading choice for carriers and clouds."

LightRiver launches Transport Domain Orchestration as a Service

LightRiver launched an on-demand, as-a-service version of its netFLEX Transport Domain Orchestration and Control Software solution

The new netFLEX as a service (nFaaS), which is available as a Private Cloud Hosted model in North America and Europe, enables uniform management of transport networks for cost avoidance, operational scale and new revenue enablement. This provides enterprise and data center customers with a unified view of their transport networks within a secure and scalable environment.

Full featured netFLEX is available in the Discover, Analyze, & Assure (DAA) or Optical Domain Control (ODC) packages. LightRiver's SD-Waves, which allows anywhere any device visibility statistics for your traffic, is also available with an initial feature set focused on inventory & maintenance, ensuring a proactive approach to network management. Lastly, nFaaS is enabled via SD-Wan technology, utilizing an encrypted tunnel for communications to network elements within the customer network, keeping the customers' data secure.

"The launch of nFaaS is a testament to LightRiver's commitment to pioneering solutions that redefine the way networks are managed," said Matt Briley, Senior Vice President, Global Sales at LightRiver. "With nFaaS, we continue to lead the way in delivering cutting-edge technologies that enable our customers to navigate the complexities of modern network integration with confidence."

Dell’Oro: Optical Transport Market Beats Growth Expectations

Optical Transport equipment revenue grew 5 percent year-over-year in 2Q 2023, according to a new report from Dell’Oro Group. This was the third consecutive quarter that the optical market growth rate topped estimates.

“It was another great quarter for optical system vendors,” said Jimmy Yu, Vice President at Dell’Oro Group. “Ever since component supply eased up, system manufacturers have been able to deliver more products to their customers that sat in backlog. As a result, optical revenues have increased at a faster rate than expected. With that said, some customers are signaling a need for a little pause after receiving these deliveries. Therefore, even though the results in the first half of 2023 were higher than expected, we are holding the full year 2023 outlook at 4 percent, believing year-over-year growth will slow in the back half of the year,” added Yu.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2023 Optical Transport Quarterly Report:

  • * Optical Transport market revenue grew 5 percent year-over-year in 2Q 2023 to a little over $4.0 billion. 
  • The better-than-expected revenue was due to higher DWDM Long Haul and Multiservice Multiplexer revenue.
  • The largest global WDM suppliers in the trailing four quarter period were Huawei, Ciena, Nokia, ZTE, Infinera, and FiberHome. Among these vendors, Nokia and FiberHome gained the most market share compared to the previous year period. 
  • FiberHome’s optical revenue grew at the highest rate among the vendors at over 30 percent year-over-year.

Dell’Oro: Mobile Core Network Market Returns to Growth in 2Q 2023

The Mobile Core Network (MCN) market returned to growth in 2Q 2023, according to a new report from Dell’Oro Group. The China region returned to growth and Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) had the strongest quarterly growth rate since 3Q 2020.

“The MCN market shined on many fronts this quarter. The China region returned to growth with increased spending by two of the four Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). The EMEA region had its best quarterly growth rate since 2020, Huawei had record high revenues for the quarter, and Ericsson had its highest growth rate since 2Q20, as examples,” stated Dave Bolan, Research Director at Dell’Oro Group. “As a result, we are raising our outlook for 2023 year-over-year (Y/Y) growth rate from low single-digit percent to mid-single-digit percent.”

“As of 2Q 2023, we counted 44 Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) that have launched commercial 5G SA networks. One was added in 2Q 2023, Telef√≥nica - Spain. The North America and EMEA regions of the 5G MCN segment Y/Y growth rates were in the triple-digit percent, signaling capacity additions to the 5G SA networks in both regions,” continued Bolan.

Additional highlights from the 2Q 2023 Mobile Core Network and Multi-Access Edge Computing Report include:

  • The top MCN vendors worldwide for 2Q 2023 were Huawei, Ericsson, Nokia, and ZTE.
  • The top 5G MCN vendors worldwide for 2Q 2023 were Huawei, Ericsson, ZTE, and Nokia.
  • Five MNOs launched commercial 5G SA networks in 1H 2023.

Cyxtera offers bare metal on HPE GreenLake

Cyxtera announced a collaboration with Hewlett-Packard Enterprises (HPE) to provide its enterprise bare metal platform on the HPE GreenLake platform

In addition, Cyxtera has launched the Quick Start TCO Workshop in conjunction with HPE to allow customers to evaluate their current infrastructure and total cost of ownership (TCO) and determine real-time pricing for IT infrastructure spending. As part of this program, when workshop customers deploy new Cyxtera infrastructure solutions, HPE will buy back its old hardware via the HPE Asset Upcycling Services, enabling companies to recover value from retired hardware products.

SpyCloud raises $110 Million

SpyCloud, a start-up that specializes in operationalizing identity analytics to automate the protection of digital identities, closed a $110 million growth round primary and secondary capital led by Riverwood Capital.

SpyCloud analyzes data from the criminal underground and automates the remediation of exposed authentication and identity data. Its platform identifies and remediates stolen employee and consumer session cookies, credentials, and emerging forms of authentication data being actively used by criminals to target enterprises, their customers, and their supply chains. 

The company says its adds value to IAM, identity threat detection and response, endpoint protection, and zero trust frameworks. Its latest solution, SpyCloud Compass, enables Post-Infection Remediation of malware exposures, including the compromised assets most likely to lead to ransomware attacks.

“For the last seven years, we have proven that reacting quickly to identity and authentication exposures is the crucial factor in stopping the cycle of cybercrime,” said Ted Ross, SpyCloud CEO and Co-Founder. “As authentication methods improve, businesses need to adjust their defenses to keep up with criminals’ new behavior. SpyCloud allows you to do just that – and we will continue to illuminate and resolve the most critical risks facing security teams today, stopping attacks they haven’t been able to see coming.”

Illinois-based HTC upgrades with Ribbon's IP Wave

HTC, an Illinois-based provider of communications services, is leveraging Ribbon's IP Wave solutions to update its network. Specifically, HTC is leveraging Ribbon's NPT IP Routing and Apollo Optical Transport solutions, part of the company's comprehensive IP Wave portfolio.

"Businesses and end-users are demanding access to high speed internet solutions and HTC is committed to meeting those needs with state of the art solutions. We're proud to support them in this process, and to continue growing the relationship as we expand our portfolio," said Elizabeth Page, Ribbon's Senior Sales Director, Rural Markets, Ribbon.