Menara Networks Announces the Industry’s Highest Density of OTN DWDM 10 Gbps Interfaces with the General Availability of the ARMADA Modular DWDM Transport System

SAN DIEGO CA, March 23, 2009 — Menara Networks, an optical networking specialist and provider of the award winning “System-in-a-Module” OTN pluggable transceivers today announces general availability of the ARMADA modular DWDM transport system and DWDM OTN XFP, both of which are being shown live at OFC/NFOEC 2009 Menara Networks Booth # 3219 in Exhibit Hall D between March 24 and March 26, 2009.

ARMADA delivers fully managed DWDM system capabilities with DWDM mux/demux, EDFA amplifiers, dispersion compensation, SONET/SDH and Ethernet monitoring, and OTN based transport of 1Gbps to 10Gbps client rate signals. ARMADA boasts the industries most flexible and modular design with 100% pluggable DWDM and client side interfaces for lower first cost, including OTN based services using DWDM OTN XFP. The small footprint and multi-rate flexible design allow for a 4x10Gbps DWDM terminal with Mux/demux and pre/post EDFAs to fit into a 1RU space with full management capabilities. The result is the industry’s highest density and lowest power consumption for DWDM, OTN transport for 10 Gbps SONET/SDH, 10G Ethernet and 10G Fiber Channel services. AMADA can be configured for either linear 1+1 or ring-based facility protection and is fully managed by an industry compliant SNMP interface with full EMS monitoring capabilities. A full client interface is available via Telnet or HTTP GUI for node provisioning and troubleshooting.

“The announcement demonstrates Menara Networks continued commitment to provide efficient and cost-effective OTN, DWDM transport for 10 Gbps services, including 10G Ethernet, to simplify the optical transport network,” says Adam Hotchkiss, Vice President of Product Management at Menara Networks.

Menara also announces the general availability of its award winning “System-in-a-module”, OTN XFP. The Atlas OTN XFP product line combines the functions of ITU-T G.709 OAM and G.975 Forward Error Correction into an MSA compliant XFP package. Operations, Administration and Maintenance of the ITU-T G.709 and G.975 protocols is achieved thought the MSA compliant I2C interface, thus providing host systems a seamless integration of the OTN XFP without hardware changes. The product is now available for general ordering.

“Menara Networks continues to lead innovation in DWDM OTN transport with the introduction of the ARMADA modular transport system,” says Eve Griliches Director of Telecom Equipment for IDC. “The marriage of ARMADA’s XFP port modularity and flexibility with multi-rate DWDM OTN XFP provide the lowest cost, footprint and power in the industry for 10G services; presenting MSOs and network operators with a very competitive advantage to address their bandwidth-revenue dilemma.”

Live demonstrations of the company ARMADA modular DWDM system and OTN XFP will be conducted daily in the Exhibit Hall of the same conference at Menara Networks Booth # 3219 in Exhibit Hall D between March 24 and March 26, 2009.

About Menara Networks

Menara Networks develops innovative products and solutions that greatly simplify today's layered optical transport networks. Leveraging the company's proprietary high speed ICs and its extensive expertise in optical networking and system design, Menara products provide optical networks with superior performance and improved service velocity while reducing network elements and overall network cost. Menara's MSA-compliant transceivers with integrated ITU-T G.709 OTN enable OEM customers to seamlessly and rapidly unlock the potential of their platforms by offering unique opportunities for expanded addressable markets and faster revenues. The Company is funded by Sigma Partners, Spark Capital, Concept Ventures, and Applied Materials venture capital arm. Menara is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit