Cyan Customer CenturyLink Wins MEF Carrier Ethernet Award

Cyan Customer CenturyLink Wins MEF Carrier Ethernet Award 
CenturyLink Leadership and Innovation in the Education Vertical
Garners MEF Recognition 
PETALUMA, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 12/10/12 --  Cyan today announced
that its customer CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has been recognized
by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for the "Best Carrier Ethernet
Business Application" for the education vertical. The award, which
was presented at Light Reading's Ethernet Expo in New York, was
granted for services CenturyLink developed with Cyan for Monroe City
Schools in Monroe, Louisiana. Thanks to CenturyLink's efforts, Monroe
City Schools dramatically advanced the student population's learning
environment with increased per-school bandwidth, improved
reliability, enhanced productivity, and reduced capital and operating
CenturyLink built a carrier Ethernet E-Line network to backhaul
voice, video, and data traffic from more than 20 schools to Monroe
City Schools' central office in a fully-redundant, logical
hub-and-spoke topology over optical fiber rings. Each school was
provided with a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet connection using a design
based on layer two connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) to ensure
deterministic bandwidth and guaranteed service quality with multiple
classes of service. This architecture allowed Monroe City Schools to
create a consolidated, and highly resilient Ethernet-based LAN and
WAN infrastructure for managing all traffic on the network. 
According to Stuart Keyes, director of CLEC sales at CenturyLink,
"This is truly a partnership between Monroe City Schools,
CenturyLink, and Cyan. The Cyan solution gives us the ability to cost
effectively and precisely satisfy the requirements that Monroe City
Schools set forth, and also provides a platform allowing them to more
easily scale their network and add more capabilities to build a
stronger foundation for the future of education and the community of
CenturyLink employs the MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) compliant
Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) to deliver
COE services over optical fiber to the schools throughout Monroe. In
order to streamline management and control over the entire network,
CenturyLink uses Cyan Blue Planet, a software defined network (SDN)
system that allows CenturyLink to customize services using its own or
third-party applications. 
According to Keith Broach, vice president of sales for Cyan,
"CenturyLink has demonstrated the willingness and the ability to
deliver feature-rich Ethernet services to the market. It has been a
pleasure to partner with CenturyLink to address the needs of Monroe
City Schools and a number of other customers. The recognition by the
MEF is both exciting and well deserved."  
About Cyan
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(SDNs) for service providers, data center operators, and private
networks. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software, Z-Series
multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, and Cyan PRO
comprehensive professional services. With hundreds of deployments
around the globe, including some of the largest telecommunication
companies in the world, Cyan allows its customers to scale their
networks, reduce costs, simplify operations, and accelerate service
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