Robotic Optical Switch for Data Centers
Automation for physical optical connectivity enables applications with benefits beyond CAPEX and OPEX savings. Data center operators and telco providers can now provision a circuit within seconds, vs days, through SDN orchestration software. Efficiency is significantly increased with an end to end workflow process. Removing “hands in the plants” allows higher level of security in the network.
It’s a game changer in the physical connectivity space that’s overdue for innovation.
ROME® offers a pure optical connection through Wave2Wave’s patented Mechanical Latching
Technology. Connectivity through ROME® is passive, which allows scalability and future-proof
through transparency of data rates and protocols. Reliability is redefined as almost no
failures affect services carrying through ROME®, including facility power outage.
Data Center MMR
Meet-Me-Room (MMR) in data centers is the key cross connect area for carrier access and direct customer to customer inter-connect. Automation brings security and near zero time to service for data center operators to their customers. Automated cross connect enables SDN to drive the physical layer.
Labs are the most dynamic data center facilities for engineering development and customer support. Topology setup and tear down in a global shared environment often bring challenges in the day to day lab operations. Automation brings higher level utilization of equipment with a result of consolidation and remote lab as a service capabilities.
Dynamic Fiber Cross Connect (DFCC) enables telco carriers to migrate 100’s and 1000’s of central offices (COs) to unmanned facilities and data service centers. Automation brings cost efficiency, higher utilization, higher availability, reduced time to service, reduced human errors, and security. Telco’s can now have the competitive edge in their fiber to the home (FTTx), wireless fiber backhaul and edge computing services.
Technology & Engineering
A robotic motion system needs a defined universe of space. In ROME®, the uni-body chassis casted with aluminum alloy forms a solid foundation of space that’s consistent over time. A precision mechanical matrix structure lines up a positioning system with about 70,000 connection points. The matrix in its 3-dimension embeds the patented mechanical latching mechanism.
An automatic start-up process, called homing, directs the robots to their zero’s in X, Y and Z dimensions as robots wake up to their finite universe of space. Robotic Control Units (RCU) direct the motion in the accuracy of single micro-meter level through servo control system. Logical Control Unit (LCU) is a separate 1RU chassis that hosts CPU, memory, driver with real time OS and ROME software, as well as redundant power feeds and network and console interfaces.
Fiber optic connection through robotic motion is what ROME® achieves automatically driven by network orchestration. Slack management for fiber cables is a tall order of challenge in the high density 19” chassis of ROME®. A pulley system from the fundamental physics is re-invented to take advantage of the trade-off of force and distance in a passive way.
Operational and environmental sensors are implemented throughout ROME® system. Intelligent software features and learning capability keep ROME® working in mission critical applications for years to come.