New WaveLogic Photonics Capabilities from Ciena Give Service Providers Greater Visibility, Control and Automation

  New WaveLogic Photonics Capabilities from Ciena Give Service Providers
  Greater Visibility, Control and Automation

  Additional features provide greater network intelligence to enable agile,
programmable and software-defined networks that are responsive to application

 Gary Smith, president and CEO, to deliver OFC plenary address ‘Net Positive:
                        Why the Network Matters Again’

OFC 2014

Business Wire

HANOVER, Md. & SAN FRANCISCO -- March 10, 2014

Ciena^® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, today unveiled
WaveLogic Photonics, new line intelligence capabilities that significantly
improve visibility, control and programmability of packet optical networks.
Comprised of Ciena’s leading coherent optics, flexible optical line elements
and embedded and discrete software tools, WaveLogic Photonics gives service
providers the ability to leverage software programmability at greater scale to
transform their network from a fixed asset that provides commodity
connectivity to one that is automated for faster service responsiveness and

Key Facts:

  *Powering network transformation through convergence, WaveLogic Photonics
    combines with adjustable packet and OTN traffic management capabilities to
    enable a programmable, future-proof service platform. This makes the
    network more dynamic and responsive to changing demands and applications
  *WaveLogic Photonics accelerates service responsiveness while reducing the
    need for upfront forecasting and traffic capacity planning. The
    capabilities include flexible line elements such as programmable line
    amplifiers, Smart Raman and customizable Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop
    Multiplexer (ROADMs) configurations – from metro to core.
  *The next step in Ciena’s OP^n architecture evolution, WaveLogic Photonics
    builds upon the intelligence already found in Ciena’s WaveLogic coherent
    optics across the entire optical line system. Product enhancements

       *Expanded control plane capabilities – Ciena’s field-proven OneConnect
         Intelligent Control Plane, ranked number one in Infonetics’ latest
         Optical Equipment Vendor Leadership Survey, now includes additional
         distributed intelligence across the photonic and OTN layers. This
         ensures that operators can offer a broad selection of service level
         guarantees and new service offerings.
       *Smart Raman – Eliminating time consuming manual configuration steps
         as well as the potential damage to equipment and fiber that
         accompanies traditional Raman deployments, Ciena’s Smart Raman
         provides simple and automatic turn-up by autonomously testing and
         ensuring proper fiber conditions are met prior to self-activation.
         The ability to plug and play Raman into the network helps service
         providers optimize span and system designs and minimize the use of
         costly regenerators.
       *PinPoint™ – Ciena’s advanced fiber analytic software leverages
         Optical Time Domain Reflectometer (OTDR) capabilities that are now
         integrated directly into the network elements to create a complete
         fiber loss profile – analogous to a CT scan of the network. This
         allows network operators to precisely localize and deal with
         potential trouble spots, reducing the risk of outages and
         accelerating repair times from days to hours. It creates the
         opportunity for proactive maintenance to improve network
         characteristics and also keeps track of historical information so
         administrators can remotely validate that installation, maintenance
         and repairs have been properly executed, which ensures the fiber
         plant is always conditioned for optimal system performance.

Industry Comments:

  *“Ciena built the foundation for WaveLogic Photonics over many years
    through its own coherent optics, unified management software, packet
    networking, intelligent switching and control plane solutions. Now they’re
    able to aggregate these functions with software to bring visibility,
    control and automation across the photonic and OTN layers of the network.
    This will allow service providers to operate and modify their networks
    more efficiently and quickly either through manual or software driven
    -Andrew Schmitt, Principal Analyst, Optical, Infonetics

  *“As we prepare to scale our core network beyond 100G technology, it is
    critical that we have the most efficient and highly scalable
    infrastructure in placeto meet the growing demand for content, speed,
    cloud, and business services. During our live Terabit field trial, the
    Raman and PinPoint components of Ciena’s WaveLogic Photonics solution were
    instrumental in helping us recover material decibels of system margin and
    extend unregenerated signal reach for maximum performance.”
    -Kevin McElearney, Senior Vice President Network Engineering, Comcast

Executive Comments:

  *“Wavelogic Photonics is another step in realizing our OP^n network
    architecture vision, which is designed to make networks more responsive to
    business needs. As networks become strategic application-responsive
    assets, an intelligent, agile optical layeris vital to achieving the
    necessary flexibility to support changing network demands. WaveLogic
    Photonics enables network operators to reliably shift their operating
    model from just ‘configuring’ to actually ‘programming’ the network in
    real-time– increasing service velocity while eliminating the potential for
    manual errors and the cumbersome tracking processes that plague networking
    today. It also allows operators to easily view their network assets and
    program them to automatically respond to service requests and
    intelligently route packet services across the network.”
    -Steve Alexander, Chief Technology Officer, Ciena

Ciena at OFC 2014 (Booth #3684, North Hall):

  *Ciena’s President and CEO Gary Smith will deliver a plenary session
    address on March 11 at 8 a.m. PT, where he will discuss the network
    ecosystem of tomorrow and how the industry can improve the user experience
    through convergence, programmability, openness, and software intelligence.
  *Ciena will showcase WaveLogic Photonics and a number of converged packet
    optical demonstrations at the event and also leverage its OP^n testbed to
    show applications in development for multi-layerpath computation,
    provisioning, dynamic pricing, and network utilization.

Supporting Resources:

  *Convergence Webinar: Featuring Steve Alexander, Chief Technology Officer
  *Product Overview:WaveLogic Photonics page
  *Product Overview: Converged Packet Optical Solutions
  *Product Overview:OneControl Unified Management System
  *Product Overview:OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane
  *Brochure: Increasing Competitive Advantage with WaveLogic Photonics
  *Video:What is Coherent Optical Networking?

About Ciena

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) 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 its OP^n architecture for
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
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