Transmode AB

Transmode Targets Storage Extension Market with High Capacity GFP/VCAT Data-Centre Interconnect Solution

Pressmeddelande   •   Okt 12, 2004 11:21 CEST

Transmode Systems AB, a leading global supplier of Optical Networking solutions, today marked its participation at the Storage Expo event in London by announcing a new solution for the delivery of Data Centre Interconnect Services within, and beyond, Metro Optical Networks.

Following on from the global launch in June of the Transmode Service Extender platform (TSE), Transmode is targeting the Storage Extension Market as a key growth application for this product. Transmode's Storage Extender, which will be shown at this year's Storage Expo event in London on the 13th-14th October, is a compact (2RU) Storage Extension platform with a set of configuration options to specifically address the market for Ultra-Broadband Storage Extension over Next-Gen SDH/SONET. The solution leverages Transmode's core strengths in low-cost, flexible and easy-to-deploy optical solutions.

Enterprises have a growing need to consolidate data centres and implement business continuance strategies to reduce cost and safeguard operations in an increasingly uncertain world. Transmode's Storage Extender expands the company's success in private/leased C/DWDM based Storage Extension to the mid-tier end-user market by allowing Service Providers to offer Storage Extension Services over their Next Gen SDH/SONET networks in a far more cost effective manner than deploying full MSPP functionality at the edge or serving individual services over dark fibre access.

The TSE platform uses a fully modular architecture and "open port" concept to allow up to 24 high-capacity Storage and/or Ethernet signals to be aggregated on to single or multiple 2.5Gbps SDH/SONET-framed uplinks using standards compliant Generic Framing Procedure (GFP) and Virtual Concatenation technologies. Up to 6x 2.5G SONET/SDH channels can be packed onto a single fibre pair using integrated, pluggable C/DWDM optical interfaces making it equally suited as a "partner platform" for the latest generation of MSPP/MSTP Metro Core products or direct data centre interconnection over dark fibre networks in point-point or ring configurations.

Transmode's "open port" concept offers full client port flexibility from a single card type, with different services configurable on a per-port basis. The platform's future-proof architecture allows new Traffic Aggregation Modules (TAMs) to be introduced as customer requirements evolve - with 10Gbit/S Ethernet and Fibre Channel planned.

Despite the advanced functionality of the TSE and the Storage Extender application, the platform inherits the key attributes of the company's System 1100 C/DWDM family - plug-and-play service activation and low first-in cost - that has led to the system being deployed by almost 50 Service Provider and Enterprise customers globally since 2002.

Transmode will be displaying the Storage Extender at its booth at Storage Expo, London (#384) from 13-14 October. More information can be obtained by visiting the company's website ( and downloading the Transmode Service Extender information brochure.

For further information, please contact:
Transmode Systems
Michael Crossey
VP Marketing & Business Development
Phone: +44 7734 318210
Fax: +46-8-506 88 299

About Transmode Systems AB
Transmode Systems is a leading global supplier of Smart Solutions for Optical Access. The company pioneered a new generation of optical transmission system built on CWDM technology, the System 1100, which redefined the price/performance benchmark for metropolitan and access networking and is now deployed in Service Provider and Enterprise networks globally. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, Transmode has now broadened its product portfolio to encompass next-generation edge aggregation solutions for SDH/SONET and dark fibre networks.