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ADVA Optical Networking's FSP 3000RE Delivers NASA Connectivity Across University of Alabama System Regional Optical Network

MAHWAH, N.J and MUNICH, Germany, Oct. 8, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- UAS-RON, via Southern Light Rail, will provide Alabama universities cost savings and links to National LambdaRail and Internet2

ADVA Optical Networking today announced deployment of the ADVA Fiber Service Platform (FSP) 3000RE in the new University of Alabama System Regional Optical Network (UAS-RON). The network provides the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Research & Engineering Network (NREN) and Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL, with 10Gbit/s connectivity to NASA's other facilities nationally, via UAS-RON and Southern Light Rail (SLR) links to the National LambdaRail (NLR) backbone. UAS-RON will also provide The University of Alabama System with more affordable commodity Internet connectivity, as well as access to NLR and Internet2 via SLR's Southern Crossroads (SoX) initiative.

The success of UAS-RON is the result of time and investment by multiple organizations:

 * The University of Alabama System has built an optical-fiber
   network that links the campuses in Birmingham and Huntsville, AL,
   to National LambdaRail point-of-presence (POP) in Atlanta, GA.
   The network also links the UAS campuses to the Oak Ridge National
   Laboratory (ORNL) POP in Nashville, TN. UAS-RON will also
   eventually include a link from Birmingham to Tuscaloosa, AL.
   "UAS-RON will enhance the ability of researchers at any
   University of Alabama System campus to participate in the larger
   scientific community," said John Watters, director of Enterprise
   Technology, University of Alabama. "Plus, the network will
   eventually support high-quality, digital-video applications for
   telemedicine services and distance learning."

 * NASA Research & Engineering Network provides its own fiber
   connection to UAS-RON in Huntsville, as well as capital and
   operational support for the network. "The network gives us a
   dedicated 10Gbit/s link to other NASA facilities across the United
   States," said Kevin Jones, NREN engineering group lead, NASA Ames.
   "This affords us unprecedented information-sharing and collaboration

 * National LambdaRail has an agreement to link all NASA facilities   
   nationally. "We were exploring options of how to connect NASA MSFC 
   to National LambdaRail when we learned of The University of
   Alabama System's work with Southern Light Rail," said Tom West,
   president, National LambdaRail. "We decided it was best to all work
   together to achieve everyone's goals."

 * Southern Light Rail, which provides universities and other
   research organizations in the South with access to National
   LambdaRail, designed the UAS-RON network, acquired the ADVA Optical
   Networking equipment and provided project management and operational
   support. "The research-and-education community has very demanding
   network performance and flexibility needs, as well as tight
   requirements in terms of operational expenditures," said Ron
   Hutchins, Southern Light Rail's interim executive director and
   Georgia Tech's associate vice provost for technology and chief
   technology officer. "We found that ADVA Optical Networking had
   established an excellent reputation in this arena, and our experience
   with the FSP 3000RE in UAS-RON underscores the strength of their

ADVA FSP 3000RE platforms are deployed in Atlanta, Birmingham, Huntsville and Nashville. Multiple channels of data, voice, video or storage application traffic can be transported along the same fiber strand via Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), and additional bandwidth and services can be deployed without physical expansion of UAS-RON.

"UAS-RON is part of a global rollout of optical networks that have provided the research-and-education community with many powerful new services including grid computing, shared virtual reality, virtual laboratories, digital libraries, digital video and much more," said Brian P. McCann, chief marketing and strategy officer with ADVA Optical Networking. "To support new services, the organizations involved in this project require the latest optical-networking innovations. We are pleased to be working with this group of organizations to provide them our newest product features."

The ADVA Optical Networking FSP 3000RE is a cost-effective, dynamic optical transport platform that provides a multitude of service interfaces for central offices, customer premises, co-location and carrier hotel applications. Using Raman amplification, the FSP 3000RE can also support regional networks, where reach requirements can be up to 2,000km and spans can reach 160km. The FSP 3000RE provides a versatile, cost-effective and compact platform for access, metro and regional applications. Customer premises and small office services can be equipped with minimal startup cost in ring and linear topologies. Wavelengths can be selectively configured at any node, with ROADM or with fixed OADM filters, delivering an assortment of transparent, protocol-independent or aggregated services.


ADVA Optical Networking (Other OTC:ADVOF) (Frankfurt:ADV) is at the forefront of providing Optical+Ethernet solutions that advance next-generation networks for data, storage, voice and video services. Our company's strength comes from passionate and dedicated employees, all sharing a common vision: a fast, customized response to customers' ever-changing needs. Our innovative Fiber Service Platform (FSP) and strong customer focus provide carriers and enterprises the ability to scale their networks and deliver intelligent, competitive new services. ADVA Optical Networking's solutions have been deployed at more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises around the world. For further information about ADVA Optical Networking:


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