IBM System z Qualified Wavelength Division Multiplexing: Ciena ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Release 7.01

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Published 15 August 2012, updated 16 August 2012

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IBM Form #: REDP-4856-00
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Authors: Octavian Lascu, Pasquale Catalano, Michal Holenia, Ivan Dobos


This IBM® Redpaper™ publication is one in a series that describes IBM System z® qualified optical Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) vendor products. IBM Geographically Dispersed Parallel Sysplex™ (IBM GDPS®) solutions with Server Time Protocol (STP) are covered. This series also describes IBM supported solutions for applications that are not GDPS. Applications that are not GDPS include the protocols that are needed for cross-site connectivity of a multisite Parallel Sysplex or one of the remote copy technologies that are described in this paper. GDPS qualification testing is conducted at the IBM Vendor Solutions Connectivity (VSC) Lab in Poughkeepsie, NY.

IBM and Ciena successfully completed qualification testing of the Ciena ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. This paper describes the applicable environments, protocols, and topologies that are qualified and supported by System z for connecting to the Ciena ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform hardware and software, Release Level 7.01.

This paper is intended for anyone who wants to learn more about Ciena ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform Release 7.01. This document is not meant to be used to determine qualified products. To ensure that the planned products to be implemented are qualified, registered users can visit the IBM Resource Link® library for current information about qualified WDM vendor products:

For more information about IBM Redbooks® publications for System z qualified WDM vendor products, see this website:

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