July 28, 2016 4:54 PM ET

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Company Overview of CALIENT Technologies, Inc.

Company Overview

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. designs and manufactures photonic optical circuit switching systems that enable optical layer optimization in data centers and software defined networks. It offers S-series optical circuit switches for data center, cloud computing, service provider, and government applications; OEM subsystem solution that operates as a white label optical switching system solution for OEM applications; and LightConnect fabric manager that gives the data center operators with access to various optical circuit switch nodes. The company also provides solutions in the areas of software fabric virtual POD data centers, multi-tenant datacenters, media production datacenters, SDN optical ...

25 Castilian Drive

Goleta, CA 93117

United States

Founded in 1999





Key Executives for CALIENT Technologies, Inc.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Age: 67
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 2016.

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Key Developments

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Announces Availability of New LightConnect™ Manager Software Suite for Improved Utilization of Compute Resources in Data Centers

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced the availability of its new LightConnect™ Manager software suite that manages the company’s S-Series Optical Circuit Switches (OCS) in a range of data center, DCI, and SDN Transport applications. CALIENT launches LightConnect Manager to manage S-Series Optical Circuit Switches in data centers, telco, SDN uses Tweet this. The LightConnect Manager (LCM) product suite is based on a modular system architecture consisting of a base platform software together with plug-in applications for specific use cases. The platform software supports management and administration of multiple CALIENT S-Series optical circuit switches, including initial setup, software upgrades, and system health and alarm state information. The optional VPOD Fabric app allows data centers to deploy high-capacity optical overlay networks to connect resource pools (servers, storage, accelerators, switches, routers, and firewalls) using CALIENT’s S-Series optical circuit switches. This allows virtualized PODs (VPODs) of computing power to be created that closely match the requirements of specific use cases and workloads, resulting in improved computational efficiency with the highest performance and lowest cost. The ultra-low latency (less than 30ns) of the S-Series switches means that compute resources can be shared across an entire data center without impacting performance. The LightConnect Manager with VPOD Fabric app can be deployed as a standalone solution with its own graphical user interface to support manual reconfiguration of VPODs. This is a typical starting point for data centers and supports a simple and low-risk introduction path. Alternatively, the LCM can be implemented as part of a Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software environment to deliver dynamic and automated VPOD configuration with the DCIM systems communicating with the LCM through a well-defined REST API. The LightConnect™ Manager consists of three primary functional modules: Optical Circuit Switch (OCS) Management: Supporting the management and administration of multiple S-Series optical circuit switches, including initial setup, software upgrades, and system health and alarm state information. Connectivity Management: This function discovers the optical switch and packet switch topologies and subsequently updates and maintains them by monitoring connectivity and port status information from the optical switches, providing a comprehensive view of the overall data center topology, including which layer 2/3 switches and ports are connected to specific OCS ports. Dashboard: The LCM maintains a consolidated dashboard summary with a real-time view of VPOD status and the operational status of all optical circuit switches, including alarms, events, and port utilization. VPOD Fabric App: The VPOD Fabric app can be added to LightConnect™ Manager to create and manage VPODs, including the initial definition of POD boundaries and subsequent resizing. This includes cross-connect management to create, delete, and update cross-connects to reconfigure the VPODs. Together, the Connectivity and VPOD management functions allow a packet switch to signal its OCS port and establish a network connection on a per-flow basis. The LightConnect Manager is a CentOS-based Linux application, capable of running on Intel Architecture hardware or any virtual machine.

Adara Networks Inc. and CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Announce a Technology and Go-To-Market Partnership to Deliver an Integrated Solution for SD-WAN

Adara Networks Inc. and CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced a technology and go-to-market partnership to deliver an integrated solution for SD-WAN. The companies also announced preliminary availability of the joint solution for use in customer evaluations and proof of concept testing. This new solution combines SDN with advanced packet and optical networking technologies to build a real-time cloud computing and networking solution combining a low-latency, high-speed optical overlay network with existing layer 3 routed/IP-MPLS networks. This network allows real-time data flows to bypass the traditional packet based layer 2/3 network for very low latency transport. The solution combines CALIENT S-Series optical circuit switches and ADARA Axis switches deployed on the edges of wide-area networks under the control of ADARA’s CloudFabric Cloud Management Platform and SKY Controller to deliver powerful features and benefits: Flexible, Predictable and Cost-Effective SDN Deployments.

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. Announces Integration with Spirent Communications

CALIENT Technologies, Inc. announced that Spirent Communications has completed integration of its S Series Optical Circuit Switch with Spirent Velocity testbed orchestration software. Spirent has developed a software driver that allows Velocity to control CALIENT’s S320 and S160 Optical Circuit Switches to provide layer-1 optical topology reconfiguration in network equipment test labs. The combined product offering is aimed at network test labs working with 40Gbps and faster networking equipment. Now labs can build a “fiber once” test lab connectivity infrastructure using S Series switches, and then manage and control topology and testing of the connected equipment with Velocity. The combined solution will dramatically reduce cabling errors, speed equipment testing and allow product developers from anywhere in the world to conduct their own tests remotely at centralized lab facilities. Spirent’s Velocity schedules, orchestrates, manages and monitors testing of physical and virtual network equipment and software. Velocity is a Lab-as-a-Service (LaaS) test orchestration platform that enables testers to quickly create and execute complex test scenarios in a self-service approach. It also features a multi-user reservation system to allow departments across the world to collaborate and schedule tests while avoiding resource conflicts. CALIENT’s S Series Optical Circuit Switches include the S320 and S160, both of which are used to create any-to-any, layer-one network connections that can be reconfigured on demand and have virtually zero latency. The S320 is a 320-port switch with each port being transparent to protocol and bit rate and thus supporting data speeds to 100 Gbps and beyond with a total capacity of more than 32 Tbps. The S160 is a 160-port OCS switch with the same capabilities and a capacity of more than 16 Tbps.

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