Virgin Media Business Leverages Ciena to Provide Lightning Fast,
High-Capacity Services for UK Cloud Services Provider
Core network extension allows Virgin Media Business customers to move large
volumes of data between sites quickly and securely
HANOVER, Md. -- September 12, 2013
Ciena^® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced
that Virgin Media Business is deploying Ciena’s converged packet optical
solutions to provide Data Centre Interconnect services to Redstation, a UK
data centre operator and cloud service provider. This deployment showcases how
Virgin Media Businesscan deploy high capacity managed services to satisfy
growing demands from customers like Redstation for server virtualisation,
distributed storage and data backup, cloud computing and big data.
*With high-performance capacity scalable to 100G per wavelength, Virgin
Media Business can grow its revenue by enabling customers such as
Redstation to deliver hosted IT and cloud services to improve their
end-customers’ business operations. Redstation will also be able to avoid
data bottlenecks during peak traffic times, so its customers don’t need to
be concerned about downtime or temporary loss of access to data.
*Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with third generation
WaveLogic Coherent Optical Processors and advanced ROADM bridge features,
will allow Virgin Media Business to quickly and efficiently extend 100G
managed wavelength services from its network core to end customers. ROADM
functionality ensures full agility for the addition and routing of new
wavelengths, providing the flexibility to dial up services as needed to
meet Redstation’s specific requirements.
*Virgin Media Business will also leverage Ciena’s advanced management
solutions, including the OneControl Unified Management System, for
simplified low-touch service management, which provides rapid service
delivery, comprehensive service visualization, and robust network
*Redstation is expected to introduce its high-capacity network in its two
Hampshire-based data centres before the end of 2013.
*“Today’s businesses are becoming more reliant on cloud computing, mobile
broadband and networks that support faster and more reliable data transfer
between sites. With Ciena’s technology, we are able to offer high capacity
services that enable Redstation to support its customers' growing demand
for more bandwidth.”
- Jason King, head of business partners at Virgin Media Business
*“Enterprise demand for bandwidth is increasing daily, and service
providers need a flexible, scalable infrastructure in place to meet
customer demand. Our OP^n architecture and industry-leading packet-optical
solutions give operators like Virgin Media Business the ability to
modernize and monetize their networks to not only meet demand, but to
quickly and cost-effectively introduce new managed services to enable
cloud computing and server virtualization that help drive new business and
- Nick Walden, regional managing director, Northern Europe at Ciena
*Ciena was recently named as the worldwide leader in Optical Packet
Platforms in the recent Optical Transport Quarterly Report issued by
analyst firm Dell’Oro Group.
*Architected for network modernization, Ciena’s 6500 converges
comprehensive Ethernet, TDM and WDM capabilities into a single platform to
support cost-effective delivery of emerging and existing services—from the
access edge to the backbone core.
*OP^n is Ciena’s approach for building open and programmable
next-generation networks with flexible architectures and service
offerings, providing differentiated network operator benefits for a myriad
of applications, including: wireless backhaul, data center connectivity,
cloud networks and private network builds.
*Ciena is the pioneer and market leader of coherent optical technology with
27,000 coherent 40G/100G line interfaces shipped to over 150 customers
across the globe, with more than 25 million coherent kilometers deployed.
*Product Overview: 6500 Packet-Optical Platform
*Product Overview: OneControl Unified Management System
*Application Note: Coherent Optical Processing for High-Capacity Networks
*Video: What is Coherent Optical Networking?
*White Paper: Cloud Networking: Data Center Without Walls
About Virgin Media Business
Virgin Media Business is the largest business-to-business Virgin brand and
part of the Virgin Media group, the UK’s first provider of all four broadband,
TV, mobile phone and home phone services. The division prides itself on
delivering innovative, high quality solutions that break down the barriers
facing UK organisations today.
Businesses and public sector organisations around the country are using the
Virgin Media Business network and skilled service teams to deliver far more
than just high speed connectivity.
Staff are located at 40 offices across the country, meaning Virgin Media
Business really is closer to its customers. Organisations working with Virgin
Media Business include Knight Frank, Telefonica, London Grid for Learning,
Hampshire Fire and Rescue and Cambridge County Council.
It has the UK’s only nationwide fibre optic network, carrying 35 per cent of
all business broadband traffic and is already able to reach 85 per cent of
businesses in the UK.
Virgin Media is a part of Liberty Global plc, the world’s largest
international cable company. Together Virgin Media and Liberty Global serve 25
million customers across 14 countries, helping connect people to the digital
world and enabling them to discover and experience its endless possibilities.
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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.
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