Telescent Awarded a U.S. Department of Energy Research Grant to Develop Massively Scalable Automated Patch-Panels for “Lights-out” Data Centers and Communication Networks
Marina del Rey, California, January 5, 2011—Telescent has been awarded a $1M U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to develop a massively scalable (1000x1000 ports), high performance fiber optic cross-connect switching technology. Distributed robotic cross-connects will be integrated into a system offering complete flexibility to reconfigure the network from a central network operations center. In chorus with Telescent’s new class of network management software tools, self-managed, autonomous networks will be realized.
Developed with DOE support, Telescent’s patent pending all-fiber cross-connect switch utilizes sophisticated control algorithms and intelligence based on the Mathematics of Topology and Theory of Knots and Braids. This fundamental extension of “virtualization” technology to the fiber optic foundation of networks promises to automate the reconfiguration, tracking and testing of millions of physical cables. This advance in software control reduces manual and error-prone network maintenance operations to provide significant gains in network management efficiency, availability, agility and reliability.
The highly manual nature of current network management approaches demands a fleet of some 200,000 service vehicles in the U.S. alone and results in significant expenses to operate networks. The estimated cost to manage today’s networks exceeds 60% of the carriers’ revenue and the staffing cost to manage data centers exceeds $250B per year. As a consequence, systems which automate network reconfiguration and testing to reduce operating expenses offer profound economic benefits.
About Telescent Inc.
Telecom and datacom facilities are the “factories” of today's information age, housing the thousands to millions of fiber optic interconnects which exchange digital data between high-speed switches, routers, servers and storage devices. The management and maintenance of these complex networks requires labor intensive manual processes which compromise reliability and agility. To address network scaling challenges, Telescent has developed robotic fiber optic cross-connect systems that automate the management of fiber optic connections and enable “remote control” of today’s growing networks. This system accelerates provisioning, improves equipment utilization and increases network availability, attributes which offer a significant competitive advantage to operators of data centers, collocation facilities and FTTH networks.
Telescent Inc., located in Marina Del Rey, California, was founded in 2008 by Dr. Anthony Kewitsch and Prof. Amnon Yariv of the California Institute of Technology. Telescent has developed a portfolio of network automation technologies represented by about 20 awarded and pending patents. Telescent’s system will be on display on March 8-10, in booth #2741 at the OFC/NFOEC 2011 exhibition in Los Angeles, California.
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