Ciena Corp.

NEWS

Ciena enters agreement to acquire Packet Design

Ciena Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held network performance management software provider, Packet Design.

Ciena says that the acquisition would help to accelerate its Blue Planet suite of products by allowing the extension of its intelligent automation capabilities beyond Layers 0-2 and into IP. The system itself was attained via the company’s 2015 acquisition of Cyan (see Ciena buys Cyan for its software smarts).

NEWS

Unitymedia adds network capacity with Ciena's Wavelogic Ai

HANOVER, MD – To continue to achieve full throughput of applications and a high quality of experience for customers, Unitymedia is upgrading its network with flexible grid capabilities and deploying Ciena’s (NYSE: CIEN) WaveLogic Ai coherent solution.

Unitymedia, the second largest cable company in Germany, is adding flexible grid capabilities and leveraging Ciena’s WaveLogic Ai solution to overcome data centre complexities and reduce operational expenses.

PRODUCT

Ciena offers WaveLogic Encryption to secure optical networks

Data security is a growing concern in today’s web-scale world, where more and more applications reside in the cloud. Businesses need the assurance that their data is secure not only at rest but also in-flight. New regulations and legislation for data protection have made securing this in-flight data a higher priority, especially for organisations such as financial service firms, healthcare and government organisations.

PRODUCT

Ciena offers commercial version of ON.Lab ONOS open source software

Ciena, though its Blue Planet division, plans to offer a fully-supported commercial version of the Open Networking Operating System (ONOS) open-source software. The release of Blue Planet ONOS will make it easier for operators wanting to work with ONOS. From Ciena’s perspective, it also extends the capabilities of the Blue Planet network orchestration software into the data centre domain.

PRODUCT

Ciena extends Waveserver DCI platform into the long haul

The web-scale effect isn’t confined to metro networks – it is driving network providers to invest heavily in interconnecting data centres across long distances as well as in cities, says Ciena.

The vendor has responded to that need with plans to enhance the capabilities of its Waveserver data centre interconnect (DCI) platform with an expanded set of reach and capacity options.

Feature

As data demand ramps ever higher, researchers are looking to innovative amplifier designs to help transport a broader light spectrum through optical fibres, finds Andy Extance

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Duncan Ellis shares his views about the increased focus on automation from network operators, and how the physical layer has so far stubbornly resisted the move

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Switching off copper networks where fibre has been deployed is the end game, so why are so few operators doing it, wonders Pauline Rigby

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With demand for fibre to the premises increasing, Keely Portway looks at the role training plays in ensuring installation skills remain available to meet this growing demand

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