New Products from Ciena Enable Operators to Packetize Optical Networks to Manage Surging Demands for Ethernet Services

  New Products from Ciena Enable Operators to Packetize Optical Networks to
  Manage Surging Demands for Ethernet Services

  E-Suite modules bring cohesive and tailored packet capabilities to Ciena’s
 acclaimed 6500, allowing operators to more efficiently scale their Ethernet
                              service offerings

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. -- May 14, 2013

Ciena^® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today introduced
significant new packet capabilities for its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. New
E-Suite packet modules for the 6500, featuring Ciena’s service aware packet
operating system (SAOS), enable a highly scalable, converged packet-optical
solution for network operators as they evolve toward simpler and more
cost-effective metro networks.The new integrated packet-optical capabilities
allow operators to swiftly and cost-effectively manage the surging demand for
Ethernet services connectivity – from the network access to the metro core.
This can yield substantial savings in reduced equipment costs in addition to
significant operational efficiency improvements.

The new capabilities leverage Ciena’s field-proven, full-featured SAOS
software, which is already available across the company’s packet networking
portfolio and deployed on more than 300,000 platforms worldwide. Combined with
Ciena’s widely deployed flagship 6500, Ciena customers can now select from a
cohesive portfolio of pure packet networking devices as well as converged
packet-optical platforms to tailor their networks to meet specific Ethernet
service requirements regardless of their operational paradigm. Additionally,
with Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System, customers can now manage
their Ethernet services end-to-end from a single management platform, enabling
rapid and efficient service turn-up, monitoring and troubleshooting.

Key Facts:

  *Ciena’s new E-Suite modules for its 6500 family integrate packet switching
    and traffic management alongside OTN transport, leveraging the company’s
    SAOS software, to allow operators to quickly address surging demand for
    Ethernet services and connectivity. The new E-Suite for 6500 includes both
    blade-based packet switching modules for small footprint applications and
    fabric-based packet switching modules for high-bandwidth mesh
    connectivity.

  *The purpose-built packet capabilities combine with the 6500’s
    industry-leading coherent WaveLogic 3 optics for scale up to 400G, the
    full range of integrated ROADM solutions for dynamic service delivery, and
    integrated link planning tools for operational efficiencies. This provides
    a tailored and cohesive Ethernet service offering that can handle growth
    demands for years to come.

  *Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System rounds out the solution by
    providing end-to-end point-and-click service provisioning for faster
    service turn-up, end-to-end visibility to ensure Service Level Agreements
    (SLAs) are met, and the ability to improve troubleshooting in the event of
    a network outage or alarm.
  *The new packet networking capabilities align with OP^n, Ciena’s approach
    for building open, programmable next-generation networks that scale and
    automatically adapt to quickly deliver new services and bandwidth.
    Ciena-based packet networks can be deployed in conjunction with the
    company’s V-WAN Network Services Module, a network virtualization solution
    that automates the allocation of shared network resources among data
    centers.

Industry Comments:

  *“The metro packet optical transport market is entering a new phase that
    focuses much more heavily on the packet side of packet-optical transport,
    and adds new innovations such as switched OTN and 100G. In this new metro
    environment, Ciena’s products and technology are clearly resonating well
    with customers. In our recent Metro Packet-Optical Transport 2.0 survey,
    Ciena was selected by operators as the global leader in technological
    superiority and innovation in metro packet-optical transport products.”

       *Sterling Perrin, senior analyst, Heavy Reading

  *“With Ciena’s converged packet optical platforms, we can more easily and
    quickly scale to support large end user capacity demands driven by cloud
    computing, virtualization, SDN and video streaming. Deploying Ciena’s 6500
    with integrated packet switching capabilities will also help to reduce the
    complexity of integrating and managing a separate Ethernet and optical
    infrastructure.”

       *Jason Koenders, senior vice president of engineering and network
         planning, Integra

Executive Comments

  *“The industry has been talking about converged packet optical for years,
    but unfortunately for operators past attempts have been more like duct
    tape than true convergence. By tightly integrating our widely deployed
    SAOS packet operating system with our industry-leading 6500, we are
    equipping operators to quickly turn up and deliver customized Ethernet
    services without compromise. With a purpose-built network infrastructure
    that is based on a combination of our packet and optical transport
    capabilities, operators now have a simpler, more cost-effective and more
    flexible approach to packet service delivery than an all-IP solution.”

       *Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, global products group,
         Ciena

Upcoming Events:

  *Light Reading Packet-Optical Transport Evolution 2013: Ciena’s Mike Adams,
    vice president of product and technical marketing, will discuss the
    industry’s requirements to meet uncompromised packet optical convergence
    on a panel entitled “Putting the Packet in Metro Packet-Optical Transport”
    on Tuesday, May 14 at 1:15 p.m. ET.

  *On May 30 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Ciena will broadcast a live web event to
    discuss its new Packet-Optical capabilities. The webcast will feature
    Ciena’s Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, global products group
    and Mike Adams, vice president of product and technical marketing; along
    with Stan Hubbard and Sterling Perrin, both senior analysts from Heavy
    Reading. Jason Koenders, senior vice president of engineering and network
    planning, from Integra will also join the event. To register, please click
    here.

Supporting Resources:

  *Overview: Packetize without Compromise
  *Survey: Metro Packet-Optical Transport 2.0 Survey by Heavy Reading – March
    2013
  *Data Sheet: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
  *Product Overview: Packet Networking Portfolio
  *Product Overview: OneControl Unified Management System
  *White Paper: Built for Speed
  *White Paper: OP^n Network Architecture

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. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and
optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in
alignment with OP^n, its approach for building open next-generation networks.
We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and
adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to
coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized
environment. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other
important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more
information, visit www.ciena.com.

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 March 13, 2013. Forward-looking
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Contact:

Ciena Corporation
Press Contact:
Jamie Moody, 214-995-8035
jmoody@ciena.com
or
Investor Contact:
Gregg Lampf, 877-243-6273
ir@ciena.com
 
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