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MLB Network Deploys New CALIENT Routing/Switching Solution to Offer Fault Tolerance and Protocol Transparency for Video Transport

CALIENT S320 switch reduces cost, simplifies management and provides protocol transparency and scalability for MLB Network’s new media production and storage infrastructure

 Las Vegas, NV, April 7th, 2014 – CALIENT Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Optical Circuit Switching (OCS) technology, announced today that MLB Network, the ultimate TV destination for baseball fans, will deploy CALIENT S320 optical circuit switches to upgrade and augment MLB Network’s video and data switching infrastructure.

MLB Network is in the process of deploying a new video production infrastructure platform, which allows operators to remain in their current production facility while staging the equipment and systems at a remote multi-tenant datacenter.  The two facilities are tied together by dual diverse dark fiber links.

“MLB Network’s deployment of CALIENT OCS technology provides us with the ability to design and deploy a fault tolerant failover solution for routing light between our two facilities.  We’re very excited by this technology, because we can build in system redundancy and signal routing over the dark fibers which would have been quite challenging and expensive to deploy with conventional solutions,” said Tab Butler, Director of Media Management & Post Production at MLB Network.

CALIENT’s S320 also provides MLB Network with protocol-independent switching of any video format at any data rate including new 4K Ultra HD video and beyond.

“Given the high per-port cost of SDI routers/switchers, CALIENT’s solution is extremely compelling from both a technology and a business standpoint,” said Mark Haden, Vice President of Engineering and IT, at MLB Network. “The CALIENT S320 switches any video protocol, along with 10/40/100G Ethernet and CWDM/DWDM.  This allows us to employ new video standards without the need to upgrade or replace these switches,” he added.

MLB Network also selected CALIENT’s S320 because it has the highest port density of any optical circuit switch on the market, together with an extremely low power consumption of just 45W. This makes it ideal for energy-conscious datacenters as well as field production vans where fiber-fed cameras are rapidly overtaking triax-cable based cameras.

“We’re very enthusiastic to add MLB Network as our newest customer in the media  and entertainment segment,” said Daniel Tardent, Vice President of Marketing for CALIENT. “The S320 gives MLB Network a great deal of flexibility in designing its new infrastructure, as well as future-proofing its video routing solution,” added Tardent.

About CALIENT Technologies:
CALIENT Technologies is the global leader in pure photonic Optical Circuit Switching with systems that enable dynamic optical layer optimization in next generation datacenters, software defined networks, and media production facilities worldwide.  CALIENT’s 3D MEMS switches provide optical path switching at up to seven-times lower cost than conventional packet-based solutions. The company designs and builds its systems using its own state-of-the-art MEMS Fab facility located at its corporate headquarters in Santa Barbara, California.  For more information, visit CALIENT at, on Twitter and LinkedIn, or contact us at:

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