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Overture 6500

  • Performance Assured Ethernet over any media
  • Carrier Ethernet 2.0 over fiber, copper, SONET, TDM and wholesale E-Access
  • 8032 v2 rings
Overture 6500 was last modified: January 4th, 2016 by Brian Irish

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Overture_NetworkDiagram_6500The Overture 6500 is a scalable, full resiliency Carrier Ethernet aggregation and switching platform that delivers performance-assured CE2.0 services over any access method, including fiber, E-Access, copper, TDM and SONET. This flexible platform supports today’s business and cloud services, mobile backhaul, wholesale, and metro infrastructure applications. The Overture 6500 is also the entry point for Overture Ensemble, an open architecture for software-defined services at the metro edge. Together, the Overture 6500 and Overture Ensemble represent a fundamentally new approach to the revenue and operational challenges facing service providers.

Feature Benefit
Only CE2.0 Switching and Aggregation Solution for any Access Reach more customers faster with performance-assured Ethernet
The Most Scalable Metro Edge Platform Cost effective solution for any deployment scenario
Most Comprehensive Resiliency Offering Available Keep your customers connected
Overture Ensemble Enabled Ready for the software-defined services of tomorrow
Overture 6500

CE2.0 Ethernet Switching and Aggregation for any Access
The 6500 is the first and only platform that consolidates switching and aggregation for Carrier Ethernet E-LINE, E-LAN, E-Access and IP services over fiber, bonded copper, TDM and SONET. The 6500’s ability to deliver service over any access from a single platform saves you money and simplifies your day-to-day operation.

Most Scalable Metro Edge Platform
With configurations for tens to hundreds of customer endpoints and supporting over 3000 unique subscriber service instances, the 6500 is ideal for a range of deployment scenarios at the metro edge. The 6500 is architected with both centralized and distributed switching to minimize entry cost for low bandwidth services without compromising performance for high bandwidth services. Available in three chassis size variants, the 6500 family gives you a common solution for every application, without stranding capital.

Comprehensive Resiliency
Downtime is unacceptable at the metro edge. The 6500’s high-availability architecture, including redundant switch/control plane modules and redundant distributed A/B powering, means your customers won’t lose service – period. Additional features like cross-card link aggregation, cross card G.8032 v2 rings and cross-card bonding of copper interfaces and TDM circuits allows you to sell services that survive network failures. The 6500 even supports multi-site redundancy to protect against outages that could affect entire geographic areas.

Ready for Software-Defined Services
With a fully programmable data path, and open application programming interfaces (APIs), the Overture 6500 is also the entry point for  Overture Ensemble, an open architecture for software-defined services at the metro edge. An open, multi-layered architecture,  Overture Ensemble optimizes service creation, activation and assurance, creating an environment for rapid service innovation, reduced operational complexity, and lower costs through automation. Embracing the principles of software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV), service providers are able to maximize operational efficiencies and introduce new revenue-generating services faster and easier than ever before.

The Overture 6500 makes it easy for service providers to deploy reliable Carrier Ethernet 2.0 at the metro edge. It can deliver differentiated, performance-assured services over any access, at any scale. The 6500 provides service providers with the features they need for an entrance to a smarter network.

Ethernet over Fiber

  • Line rate 100M/1GigE/10GigE
  • 50 ms G.8032 rings
  • Link aggregation
  • Pluggable SFP/SFP+ optics

Ethernet over Copper

  • 15 Mbps symmetric per pair
  • Cross-card bonding
  • 24-pair bonding groups

Ethernet/IP over TDM

  • MLPPP over NxDS1
  • 86 over DS3 and nxDS3
  • Bonded nxDS3
  • IP to VLAN interworking

Ethernet over Sonet/SDH

  • OC-12, OC-3
  • 50ms protection SONET/SDH 1+1


  • 3 slot: 7H” x 17W” x 11D” (279 mm x 432 mm x 280 mm)
  • 8 slot: 14H” x 17W” x 11D” (560 mm x 432 mm x 280 mm)
  • Mounting: 2RU, 4RU or 8RU in standard 19” rack
  • Operating temperature: -40° to +149°F (-40° to +65°C)
  • Humidity: 0-95% non-condensing relative humidity
  • Power: up to 640W

Ethernet Services

  • E-Line
  • E-LAN
  • E-Access
  • Classification
    • Inner/outer VID
    • Inner/outer pbit
    • DSCP
  • Port operations
    • Ingress: Push/pop/swap
    • Egress: push/pop/swap
    • DEI remark
  • Queuing and scheduling
    • 3-level scheduling/shaping hierarchy (Interface, virtual interface, queue)
    • 8 CoS Queues per scheduler
    • Strict and WRR

Compliance and Certification

  • Carrier Ethernet 2.0 compliant
  • CE Mark
  • FCC Part 15
  • NEBS Level 3, Zone 4
  • RoHS
  • UL/EN/IEC 60950-1, CB Scheme

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