Physical Connectivity Automation
Automation for physical optical connectivity enables applications with benefits beyond CAPEX and OPEX savings. Through their own orchestration software, data center operators and telco providers can now provision a circuit within seconds instead of days. Efficiency is significantly increased with an end-to-end workflow, while removing “hands in the plant” which allows a higher level of network security.
ROME® offers a pure optical connection through Wave2Wave’s patented Mechanical Latching Technology. Connectivity through ROME is passive, which allows scalability and future-proofing through transparency of data rates and protocols. ROME redefines reliability by not propogating failures that normally impact services, including facility power outages.
In the physical connectivity space, automation is a game changer.
Wave2Wave Offers ROME Optical Platforms for Data Center Automation
Wave2Wave Solution has extended its ROME Robotic Optical Management Engine platforms. The new additions to the existing ROME 360, which include the ROME 500, 1000, and 2000 automated optical switching systems, are designed to enable fully automatic, remote control of data center optical network reconfigurations.
The company says that automated optical platforms have become the preferred approach to cross-connect requirements in rapidly expanding data center networks versus manual intervention. The use of optical platforms improves reliability, future proofing, and cost-efficiency, Wave2Wave asserts.
Wave2Wave Debuts Connectivity as a Service for telcos and data centre operators
Wave2Wave, which specialises in board-level optical interconnect and silicon photonics, data centre infrastructure cabling and robotic optical switching, has launched a Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) offering, which enables data centre and network operators to automate physical layer connectivity without the need for any upfront capital expenditure CAPEX.
At the heart of the service is Wave2Wave’s Robotic Optical Management Engine (ROME) robotic fibre switch. This allows operators to manage the entire network
Look Mom: No Hands! Robotic Data Center Switch Automates Physical Connections
Data Center Knowledge
There has been a slow but steady progress toward automating more and more tasks IT or network managers have for years done manually. Automating network management using network virtualization software has been the big frontier in that movement in recent years, done primarily by creating virtual software networks that can be reconfigured on the fly. But those virtual networks still run on physical switches, servers, and routers, linked by physical network cables, and plugging and unplugging network cables has been the physical limit to how far automatic network configuration can go.
Wave2Wave Launches Robotic Optical Switches for Data Centers
Converge! Network Digest
Carriers are exploring ways to transform their operations through the power of software. Guy Matthews examines what software can do for wholesale telecoms
The power of software is steadily transforming the whole telecoms industry, whether in the form of software-defined networking, the virtualisation of network functions or the availability of services in the cloud.
The benefits of software appear at first sight to be a particularly good fit with the
Robotic Optical Switch Versatile In Various Industries, Work Environments
Wireless Design & Development Magazine
Wave-2-Wave has released ROME, a robotic optical switch offering dynamic fiber cross connect capability at layer one. The device established physical fiber connections that are formed automatically, remotely, quickly, and without on-site manual intervention. With its pair of main models, ROME offers two different types (and quantities) of fiber connections— ROME 250 (256 fiber connections), and ROME 500 (512 fiber connections).
Data center operators will benefit from mitigated CAPEX and OPEX, along with better
Robotics Rule the Data Center with New Optical Switches
Data Center News
Wave2Wave Solution has debuted a new robotic data center switch, which it says is a ‘game changer’, reducing physical cabling and increasing flexibility, intelligence and control for data centers.
The United States company says East-West data center traffic is growing ‘at an incredible pace that manual data center management practices cannot support’.
Its solution is the Rome Robotic Optical Management Engine platforms, robotic
Enhancing Next-gen PON Technologies with Robotic Optical Switching
Data Center Dynamics
Consumer and business demand for bandwidth is exploding. Smarter devices and increased mobile capabilities are driving the need for networking technologies that can deliver more bandwidth, allow business to react faster in real-time, and give consumers content at their fingertips.
In response, next generation Passive Optical Network (PON) technologies are proliferating with XGS-PON (10 Gigabit symmetrical PON) and NG-PON2 (Next-Generation Passive Optical Network 2), providing a path to meet current and future
Startups Foresee Future Where AI, Robots Manage Data Centers
Data Center Frontier
Can artificial intelligence and robots help manage the data centers of the future? Several data center companies are working to take automation to the next level, leveraging machine learning and robotics to push the boundaries of “lights out” data center operation.
These technologies were in focus at the Infrastructure Masons meeting Monday at DCD Webscale, where LitBit and Wave2Wave outlined ambitious plans to streamline data center management and address the industry’s staffing challenges.
ROME enables our customer in many market segments across public telcos, data centers, government and financial institutions and global technology labs. Automation in physical connectivity is key to revolutionize today's networks for efficiency and security. ROME
allows a full SDN orchestration through a real-time software API.
- David Wang, Founder & CEO
Automation brings a higher level of equipment and technician utilization, thus enabling lab consolidation and remote lab as a service capabilities. In lab automation, ROME provides all the tracking and switching of connections, reducing the cost and time of manual connection maintenance. Pools of test devices that are commonly used across the lab can be shared to all respective devices, increasing the tool utilization percentage. It also decreases the time needed to setup and run tests and provides CAPEX and OPEX savings.
Automation brings security and near zero time to service to data center operators and their customers. Automated cross connects enable SDN and the software orchestration platform to drive the physical layer. ROME can be utilized in highly secure, remote or off-limits Data Center locations to provide full connectivity control, eliminating the need for long delays and the risk of human errors. Scheduled provisioning can also be used to create more automation and intelligence in the Data Center network.
Telcos are evolving and Central Offices are being Re-Architected into Data Centers. A more hands-off, flexible and software defined network is needed. The ROME robotic fiber switch offers integration with testing and orchestration vendors, thus improving the mean time to repair, remote connectivity intelligence and the fulfillment of SLAs. Telcos are able to reduce truck rolls, expedite lead times for network changes and more efficiently manage their connectivity infrastructure.
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-dimensional plane 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 the robots wake up to their finite universe of space. Robotic Control Units (RCU) direct the motion at a single micron accuracy level through a servo control system. The Logical Control Unit (LCU) is a separate 1RU chassis that hosts the CPU, memory and driver with real time OS and ROME software, as well as redundant power feeds and network and console interfaces.
ROME achieves fiber optic connection through robotic motion which can be driven using integrated network orchestration. Slack management for the fiber cables is a challenge in the high density 19” chassis of the ROME. A pulley system designed using fundamental physics was re-invented to take advantage of the trade-off between force and distance in a passive way.
Operational and environmental sensors are implemented throughout the ROME system. Intelligent software features and learning capabilities will keep the ROME working in mission critical applications for years to come.