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Press Release -- June 13th, 2011
Source: Ciena
Tags: 100G, 40G, Equipment, Ethernet, Exchange, Private Line, Router, Video, Wavelength

Ciena Unveils Advanced Packet-Optical Platforms for Intelligent Infrastructures

Cross-portfolio integration of OTN and packet switching, control plane and advanced coherent optics gives operators flexible tools to scale, manage and differentiate bandwidth and services

LINTHICUM, Md. — 06/13/2011

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ:CIEN, news, filings), the network specialist, today announced the strategic evolution of its packet-optical portfolio designed to enable intelligent infrastructures using advanced silicon, software and switching technologies. With these new platform configurations, Ciena’s market-leading intelligent switching, optical control plane and coherent optics combine to provide the most economical way to support existing and emerging services over a network that is efficient, resilient and differentiated. By integrating these innovations across multiple packet-optical products, Ciena provides its customers with a complete, applications-optimized portfolio that offers maximum flexibility for their next-generation core and metro networks.

Market Background

• According to the recent OTN Deployment Strategies: Global Service Provider Survey from Infonetics Research, the number of carriers with plans to deploy OTN interfaces on electrical switching equipment will rise from 37 percent to 84 percent between now and 2014, representing a huge shift in the area of optical networking.

• As the industry trends toward more mobile and cloud-based applications, the delivery of private line and Ethernet services, which today represent 77 percent of the $91 billion market for telecom business services1, must become more dynamic and efficient.

• In analysis of existing network models, Ciena research shows that 30-60 percent of traffic through a typical core router site is transit traffic that does not need to be routed. Therefore, managing this traffic with a broader mesh of OTN switching and connection oriented Ethernet with integrated wavelength division multiplexing can result in 25-40 percent cost savings versus a pure IP-routed network.

Key Facts

Intelligent Switching – Cost-optimized capacity and configuration flexibility for different customer needs. Ciena is adding OTN switching to the 6500 Series and 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System, and is introducing a 2-slot variant of the 6500 Series for smaller, network edge installations, expanding customers’ solution set options depending on their capability requirements at particular network sites. With more than 20,000 OTN switches deployed, Ciena leads the market in real-world deployment experience and the most scalable portfolio of intelligent switches.

Optical Control Plane – Intelligent software control for instant, automated, highly reliable and reconfigurable bandwidth delivery. Ciena was the first vendor to implement a control plane for the optical layer and now has more than 10 years of research and development and field-proven experience in the largest mesh networks, scaling up to 700 or more switching nodes. Ciena is adding its optical control plane to the 6500 Series for enabling multi-domain (metro and core) automated mesh provisioning and restoration, operated-defined service levels and 99.9999 percent service availability across its large installed base.

Coherent Optics – Intelligent coherent optics for the plug-and-play scaling of bandwidth to maximum capacity. Ciena is adding WaveLogic™ coherent optical processors to the 5400 Series, also previously announced on the 4200 Series, which now brings the market-leading technology that is driving the “coherent era” of scalable capacity to the company’s flagship packet-optical switch and allows network peering with the 6500 Series.

Unified Management – A single network and service management layer that spans Ciena’s entire solutions portfolio. Ciena is introducing OneControl Unified Management System which offers cohesive visibility and control of wavelength, OTN and packet services from the edge access through the network core.

Industry Comments

• “Our surveys indicate most carriers see OTN transport and switching as the foundation for future networks, with rollouts of this technology coinciding with their plans for large scale 40G and 100G deployments. Service providers of all types like OTN for different reasons; router bypass, efficiently packing 100G wavelengths with 10G traffic, or providing transparent private line connections. As a leader in 40G and 100G transport technology, Ciena is very well positioned to bundle the accompanying OTN switching equipment.” – Andrew Schmitt, directing analyst, optical at Infonetics Research

• “As more content and applications are delivered as a service to hyper-connected consumers and business users with multiple devices, it only highlights the value of the optical layer in networks and the critical need for them to be more scalable, dynamic and reconfigurable – and OTN switching is a key centerpiece of enabling that network vision. By offering the industry’s most flexible, comprehensive range of products with proven, industry-leading technology, we enable our customers to build intelligent infrastructures that provide real economic benefits via improved efficiency, resiliency, service differentiation and an enhanced foundation for integrating IT and the network. – Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer, at Ciena Corporation

Supporting Resources

White paper: Addressing Network Uncertainty with an Intelligent Infrastructure

Product overview: 5400 Series

• Product overview: 6500 Series

Product overview: 4200 Series

• Product overview: OneControl

Video: Intelligent Infrastructure

Video: Coherent Optical Processing

Video: OneControl

1 Multiple industry sources

About Ciena
Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. With focused innovation, Ciena brings together the reliability and capacity of optical networking with the flexibility and economics of Ethernet, unified by a software suite that delivers the industry’s leading network automation. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit

Note to Ciena Investors
Forward-looking statements.
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 9, 2011. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Ciena Corporation
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