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Z-Series Packet-Optical Platforms

Cyan Z22

The Z22 is Cyan’s edge-optimized packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP). Available in -48 volt and +24 volt versions, the ultra-compact, temperature-hardened form-factor makes it an ideal platform for pushing resilient, high-performance transport capabilities deep into the access network. The CE 2.0 certified Z22 provides a superior solution to edge routers for Ethernet- backhaul and aggregation ring applications as well as CPE deployments. Integrated support for modular 100G ROADM, 100G coherent transport, and 100GbE packet options make the Z22 the industry’s most compact 100G P-OTP solution.

The Z22 supports two Z-Series multi-service modules, optional redundant common control and DWDM. Carrier Ethernet and SONET/SDH modules can be equipped in a 1+1 configuration to provide carrier-class protection. Hitless software upgrades further maximize network and service resiliency to satisfy even the most demanding SLAs.


  • Ultra-compact P-OTP optimized for the access-edge
  • Modular platform supports plug-and-play Carrier Ethernet 2.0, wavelength, OTN, and SONET/SDH
  • Scalable architecture integrates 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) packet, 100G coherent transport, and 96-channel 100G ROADM
  • Comprehensive optical multiplexing, transponding, muxponding and ROADM options simplify the transition from 10G to 100G coherent transport
  • High-performance packet switching and transport modules support 1/10 GbE, 100 GbE, and ODU-4 services
  • Environmentally-hardened system ideally suited for deployments in remote cabinets
  • Carrier-grade architecture supports full redundancy as well as hitless hardware and software upgrades
  • Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) ensures more manageable, resilient, and predictable Ethernet transport
  • Complements Cyan’s Z33, Z77, and Blue Planet to provide a cohesive solution extending from the edge to the core

Compact and Scalable Design

At just 2RU in height, the Z22 delivers industry-leading integration for cost-efficiency and operational simplicity at the network edge. Ideal for optical or Ethernet service delivery and backhaul, the Z22 provides the services, scale, size, and power-efficiency required for edge applications.

100G Packet + Optical Industry-First

The ultra-compact Z22 platform converges optional 100GbE packet switching and transport, 100G coherent optical transponding and muxponding, and a 96 channel ROADM capable of transmitting 10Tbps on a single fiber. Unlike competitive solutions, this means service providers and data center operators are assured that a single edge platform can be used for aggregating and transporting wavelength and Ethernet services with optimal efficiency at 10G and/or 100G. As an added benefit, all Z-Series modules support single-slot designs and pluggable CFP and SFP interfaces to ensure space-savings and flexible connectivity.

Carrier Ethernet 2.0

The Z-Series CE 2.0 solution offers a compelling alternative to traditional Ethernet switching and routing architectures for the aggregation and transport of Ethernet services. Cyan’s Z-Series was among the first products to achieve CE 2.0 certification from the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), ensuring that the platform provides the QoS, scalability, reliability, and service management capabilities required for carrier-grade Ethernet service delivery. Beyond CE 2.0, the Z-Series platforms deliver non-blocking, line-rate 1/10 GbE and 100 GbE switching, as well as standards-based Connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) to provide more resilient and predictable Ethernet transport. These enhancements overcome the performance limitations found with traditional layer 2/3 Ethernet solutions, allowing network operators to build cost-efficient, performance-assured networks optimized for the delivery of deterministic E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree, and E-Access services.

Cyan Blue Planet and Z-Series

Cyan's Blue Planet SDN platform further enhances the Z-Series solution. Blue Planet includes a family of open, carrier-grade software applications designed to simplify end-to-end service deployment and orchestration across multi-vendor, multi-domain networks. Planet Orchestrate automates the creation of services comprised of physical and virtual resources across the WAN and the Telco NFV Cloud; Planet Operate provides a multi-layer, multi-vendor network control and management system with 3D visualization; Planet View enables multi-layer performance monitoring and SLA assurance; Planet Inventory delivers full-featured asset and circuit inventory reporting and verification; and Planet Design enables customers to design multi-layer networks. Finally, Blue Planet's suite of open, northbound APIs transform the network to become more dynamic and agile, where services and infrastructure are controlled as programmable resources.

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