Layer 1 SDN Switching
Fiber Mountain's award-winning Glass Core provides a Virtual Connectivity Fabric with Programmable Light Path technology which enables Layer 1 SDN switching for unprecedented network speed and a software-controlled physical layer.
Problem: Industries where every microsecond counts like High Frequency Trading, High Performance Computing, and data intensive flash-based storage transfer demand the lowest latency.
Solution: OPX offers 100x improvement over the lowest-latency packet switches with five nanosecond port-to-port latency and simultaneous “bump in the wire” multicast of 10/40 Gbps flows.
Problem: Improvements in the network have typically ignored the physical layer, leaving it with no software management and limited visibility.
Solution: Intelligent fiber panels and OPX for SDN-controlled cross-connect with high-density onboard optics allow direct, high-bandwidth connections between devices with protocol transparency and much lower latency compared to alternative switch-based systems. These Programmable Light Path (PLP) connections are configured and reconfigured by the AllPath Director orchestration system without the need for human hands to manually move cables.
Components of Fiber Mountain’s Glass Core:
- OPX - Optical Path Exchange offers 160x10Gbps ports with dense MPO connectors and on-board optics. It has been measured at five nanoseconds port-to-port latency, enabling "bump-in-the-wire" optical switching with multicast support.
- AllPath Connect family of fiber breakout interfaces, fiber port aggregators and ICID-enabled cables enable AllPath Director to configure and reconfigure direct Programmable Light Path (PLP) connections between devices without the need for human hands to manually move cables.
- AllPath Director is a centralized SDN orchestration system that provides real-time visibility and control of the network. This orchestration system is unique among SDN controllers because it is not confined to just packet processing over a static infrastructure. AllPath Director ‘software defines’ the physical layer.