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ONI Systems

Develops and markets optical switching equipment for the metropolitan area. IPO, then acquired by Ciena.

Developer of protocols, software, and hardware products to create, manage, and deliver high-optical bandwidth for the next generation of metro optical networks. The company’s products are designed to utilize wave-division multiplexing transport, optical switching, and gigabit IP switches and routers for optical transport networks ranging from enterprise LANs and metro networks to continent wide-fiber networks.


ONLINE9000 – The ONLINE9000 is designed for Metro core networks and delivers cost- effective, scalable capacity for the metro communications service provider. It features dynamic optical add-drop capabilities on all deployed channels and provides rapid restoration faster than the SONET standard of 50 milliseconds. To help service providers deploy large networks, the ONLINE9000 includes optical amplifiers to extend transmission distances. The ONLINE9000 can be used in conventional ring, ring-mesh and mesh network topologies.

ONLINE7000 – The ONLINE7000 is designed to provide metro service providers with a cost-effective solution for metro access applications. Integrated monitoring and surveillance capabilities will ensure managed
operation from the operator’s perspective across metro core and metro access networks. The ONLINE7000 shares the same management and operating system as the ONLINE9000 and can be deployed as an extension of the ONLINE9000.

Source – Dow Jones VentureSources