AT&T and Ciena Help Itron Ensure Peak Performance of Critical Business Applications

  AT&T and Ciena Help Itron Ensure Peak Performance of Critical Business   Applications  Global technology provider for the utility industry deploys managed service to    improve company network performance and collaboration across its global                                   locations  Business Wire  HANOVER, Md. -- February 19, 2014  Ciena^®Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, and AT&T, one of the world’s leading data, voice, wireless and Internet services providers, today announced a deployment with Itron, a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water. With Ciena Network Transformation Solutions (NTS) and AT&T’s global managed service, Itron can better manage, monitor and control its network performance to ensure availability and performance of business-critical applications. The managed service provides a comprehensive view of Itron’s available network resources and offers a sustainable governance platform to allocate bandwidth consistent with defined business objectives.  Key Facts:    *With a global workforce of more than 8,000 employees in more than 80     offices worldwide, Itron relies on advanced communications and back-office     applications to keep its team productive. It is critical that the     company’s network keep pace with demand, prioritizing and guaranteeing     bandwidth availability for a rich and consistent experience for employees.   *Driven by powerful analytics and a software-enabled solution set, Ciena’s     Network Transformation Solutions allow businesses, like Itron, to     guarantee the performance of critical business applications such as     unified communications and centralized back-office software. Specifically,     Application Assurance Managed Service (AAMS) gives Itron precise control     over its network resources, helping the company’s IT team to manage finite     bandwidth and direct it to the applications and communication services     that need it most.   *By managing network resources proactively and programming the network to     allocate capacity automatically, Ciena’s AAMS guarantees that critical     business services will perform when needed. Part of Ciena’s suite of     Network Transformation Solutions NTS, AAMS draws on Ciena’s OP^n     architecture approach for building programmable networks that scale and     automatically respond to changing demands for high-bandwidth applications     and services.  Executive Comments:    *“We need to ensure that our team is focused on delivering value to our     customers, not whether their communications tools are going to perform as     expected. In particular, with a finite amount of bandwidth, we need to     make sure that our network resources are used efficiently, in ways that     drive greater productivity and collaboration. Ciena’s Application     Assurance Managed Service adds intelligence to our network that allows us     to achieve both of those goals.”     -Chuck McAtee, vice president of information technology and Chief     Information Officer, Itron    *“The proliferation of network-enabled and mobile business applications     gives our enterprise customers new tools to communicate, collaborate and     grow. Collaborating with Ciena to deliver this advanced managed service     enables us to address our customers’ changing communication requirements     while giving them the ability to get the most value out of their network.     Together we have the strength and commitment to seize business opportunity     with innovative alliances that use intelligent, software-enabled network     architectures and managed service solutions.”     -Anne Chow, senior vice president, AT&T Premier Client Group    *“Ciena has a deep understanding of how networks operate and the strategies     to ensure resiliency and predictability. It is our job to focus on     networks, so that enterprises can stay focused on their business. IT     departments today are under constant strain of changing traffic patterns     and needs. Our Network Transformation Solutions practice helps to monetize     service providers’ network architectures, offering proactive managed     services that allow operators to leverage network assets more     efficiently.”     -Michael Jones, vice president and general manager AT&T account,     Ciena  Technology Background:    *Ciena’s NTS is a consultative practice offering a suite of services based     on network analytics and transformational planning that help carriers and     enterprises migrate, consolidate and build out new networks, maximizing     revenue and profitability. AAMS is a new service offering within this     portfolio.   *AT&T delivers a variety of tools businesses require to govern and forecast     network performance at every level. Through an agreement with Ciena, AT&T     customers have access to view the network’s applications to drive greater     productivity and efficiencies while preserving business cadence. Although     our agreement is relatively new, Ciena was one of six recipients of the     2013 AT&T Supplier Award.   *Ciena’s AAMS uses technology from Ipanema Technologies, to proactively     provide application performance management. Ciena is also demonstrating     its corporate and strategic commitment to supplier inclusion by     contracting with Link America to deliver next-generation operational     support for this service.  Supporting Resources:    *Whitepaper: The Case for Network Modernization   *Data sheet: Application Assurance   *Video:  Network Transformation Solutions  About AT&T  AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV service with the AT&T U-verse^® brand. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.  Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT, on Facebook at and YouTube at  © 2014 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the AT&T logo and all other marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. 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