Cisco Optical DWDM Sandbox

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Solution Overview

As society continues to embrace a digital world and the adoption of next-generation technologies such as 5G grows, the need for increased bandwidth becomes even more crucial. Optical networking, specifically Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), is a key component of today's multi-layer, mission critical networks that helps service providers, enterprises, public sector and federal institutions cope with this digital disruption. 

Using the Cisco Network Convergence System (NCS) 2000 Series, you can deploy a simple yet intelligent DWDM network that scales with operational ease. The Cisco NCS 2000 Series delivers agility with a reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) and massive scale with 100-, 200- and 400-Gbps transponding and muxponding.

Goals & Objectives

The purpose of this lab is to walk through how to provision several circuit types using various cards and bandwidths via Cisco Transport Controller (CTC). The NCS 2000 can also be provisioned via Evolved Programmable Network Manager (EPN-M) but that is outside the scope of this setup.

The following sections are included in the lab:

  • How to login to CTC
  • Circuit type overview
  • Provisioning circuits
    • Classic Method
    • Functional View
  • Functional View Walkthrough
  • Removing circuits

Hardware & Software

This dynamic environment consists of (3) NCS 2006 nodes that are configured with the Network Converged System WSON software load and equipped with the two-degree version of the Single Module ROADM (SMR1) line card. The site to site connections are via our Calient S320 with two connections using fiber spools as seen in the diagram. 

This environment can also be customized and is used for our custom optical trainings.