When expanding or optimizing optical networks, ISPs, data centers and organizations of all shapes and sizes are tasked with a delicate balancing act. Today’s businesses need robust networks — but they also often need to remain mindful of budgets and CAPEX expenditures, ensure they have the right in-house expertise for complex upgrades and get a right-sized solution for their needs. Unfortunately, the landscape of optical network solutions can seem like it’s inclined to deliver one-size-fits-all solutions with a la carte fees and other prohibitive challenges. Today, however, that reality changes as XKL announces its new integrated DarkStar DWDM products.
Now, XKL’s DarkStar muxponders offer fully integrated Mux/Demux filters, EDFAs (Erbium-Doped Fiber Amplifiers) and OTDR (Optical Time Domain Reflectometers), empowering network engineers added control to overcome common procurement, management and expansion challenges.
XKL’s Simple, Elegant Solutions to Complex Network Challenges
Typically, when customers need to add additional filters, amplifiers or other components to their optical muxponder or transponder systems, they find that either providers don’t have those capabilities, require the customer to architect those upgrades themselves or charge the customer for a la carte integrations. Subsequently, they often end up requiring additional expertise or jerry-rigging their own solutions — or even find themselves with networks that have extra features they don’t need. As a result, small and mid-sized businesses can struggle to find the right avenue to innovation. With these new configuration options, XKL is offering easier, more cost-effective, built-to-order results that put control back into the hands of the operators with individualized network solutions.
XKL’s Darkstar products are deliverable within a 1U or 2U configuration based on individual requirements — with no hidden licensing fees. This dramatically reduces CAPEX expenditures for customers with a smaller footprint for increased power usage efficiency and ease of use. Plus, the stackable, compact solutions ensure less equipment to manage over a smaller space, making operations more convenient. Of course, all of this is backed by XKL’s collaborative, consultative support.
“This improvement removes barriers that organizations typically face when expanding their DWDM networks. For example, before this integration, customers were required to run an optical muxponder and a mux/demux amplification system separately. Now, customers simply need to acquire XKL’s optical muxponder to get the same results, unlocking significant advantages for ease of operation, scalability and more,” comments Chad Lamb, Chief Systems Architect for XKL. “Of course, we still allow customers to run their network items separately for more filter and amplifier flexibility. But that underscores exactly what this new offering is about: choice — and the customer’s right to get exactly what they need without being forced into one-size-fits-all frameworks. We’re directly empowering businesses of all shapes and sizes to build more robust optical network solutions for their individual futures.”
XKL will be onsite at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, held October 16-19 in Denver, Colorado, at Booth #550. The company will also attend NANOG 89 in San Diego on October 16-18.