February 27, 2015 8:32 PM ET

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Company Overview of CALIENT Technologies, Inc.

Company Overview

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. manufactures photonic switches that enable optical layer optimization in data centers and software defined networks (SDN). The company’s optical circuit switching technology supports managed evolution from current architectures to SDN by enabling software controlled configuration and management of fiber-optic connectivity between switches, routers, servers, and storage devices within datacenters and across metro or wide area networks. It provides S series photonic switches, fiber connects, and photonic switching subsystems. The company offers solutions for software defined datacenter networks, data center and cloud computing, service providers, and government and i...

27 Castilian Drive

Suite 204

Goleta, CA 93117

United States

Founded in 1999





Key Executives for CALIENT Technologies, Inc.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder, Director and Member of the Advisory Board
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President of Operations
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Key Developments

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Announces Software-Defined Network Optical Topology Management Controller for Hybrid Packet-Optical Data Center Networks

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced a new software controller developed to facilitate dynamic reconfiguration of the optical network layer in cloud data center facilities. The new Optical Topology Management Controller, built using the OpenDayLight framework, also lays the foundation for hybrid network fabrics in which CALIENT’s S-Series optical circuit switches augment third-party packet-based networks. In modern cloud data centers, more than 60% of traffic is comprised of highly persistent traffic flows that require expensive, high-capacity networks for fast and efficient delivery. These 'elephant' flows, typically caused by data replications, storage migrations, and movements of big data sets in Hadoop distributed file systems, can overflow buffers on packet switches, negatively impacting smaller, equally important and latency-sensitive 'mouse' flows. The first release of CALIENT’s Software-Defined Network (SDN)-based Optical Topology Management Controller allows efficient optical topologies to be built on demand, optimizing access to compute and storage nodes to achieve maximum utilization of these critical resources. With the addition of traffic analysis and traffic engineering capabilities (planned for early 2015), the controller will support the full hybrid packet-optical network, in which the optical layer is reconfigured dynamically to create optical 'express' paths that offload highly persistent traffic flows from the L2/3 packet network. This means that applications and traffic pattern analysis algorithms will be able to drive the optical layer topology to achieve the levels of throughput and efficiency, thereby relieving the layer 2/3 network to efficiently deliver the more transient traffic. Pure optical circuit switched networks also offer tremendous cost savings – typically 80% less expensive than L2/3 solutions at 100Gbps. The CALIENT Software Defined Optical Topology Manager will be available for proof-of-concept testing and system integration with third party controller solutions starting January 2015. Additional functionality to enable full hybrid packet-optical networks will be announced in first quarter 2015.

CP Communications and Calient Team to Build Fiber-Optic Networks

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced it is working with CP Communications to develop a new fiber-optic network supporting 4,000-pixel resolution (4K) ultra high definition television for its next-generation live sports and event broadcast production trucks. The company selected CALIENT's S320 Optical Circuit Switches for its HD21 project, a 53' long transmission and master control truck to be used at major sporting events. CP Communications recently won contracts to provide services for major golf events broadcast by FOX Sports and NBC/Universal's Golf Channel. In the 2015, the company will cover more than 100 golf events in addition to hundreds of other events. The S320 is a 320-port optical circuit switch used to create an all-optical network fabric with total throughput of more than 32 terabits per second. The switch allows any-to-any, layer one network connections with almost no latency and can be reconfigured on demand under software control. Each switch port is transparent to bit rate and can support data speeds to 100 Gbps and beyond. Once installed in the HD21, the S320s will provide a high-bandwidth interconnect for all transmission and master control functions. This means interconnecting equipment on up to 30 production trucks providing specialized broadcast services (such as graphics, audio, video, replay, etc.) and camera equipment on every green. For larger events, such as the U.S. Open, the broadcast production network will need up to 100 miles of fiber-optic cable. In addition to networking the complete fiber-optic infrastructure between cameras and vehicles at an event, the S320 provides specific production capabilities such as dynamic connectivity between cameras and camera control units. Each camera is connected back to a camera control unit (CCU) in the video truck, however there are typically many more cameras than CCUs. So, instead, each camera is connected to a port on the S320 and then switched to an available CCU when in use. This allows the production company to allocate CCUs to the appropriate cameras based on the activities taking place on the golf course. Another valuable feature in the S320 is its optical power monitoring capability, which allows the production team to monitor light levels on the fiber feeds to ensure high signal quality and simplify troubleshooting.

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Announces Promotion of Erik Leonard as Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced that Erik Leonard has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development. Leonard will report to the company's chairman and CEO Atiq Raza. Previously, Leonard served as the company's Vice President of Sales for Service Provider and Digital Entertainment markets. Prior to that, he served as senior director of strategic sales and marketing at Lineage Power (acquired by GE).

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