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August 03, 2015 7:25 PM ET

Communications Equipment

Company Overview of Ciena Corporation

Company Overview

Ciena Corporation provides equipment, software, and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, service delivery, and management of voice, video, and data traffic on communications networks worldwide. The company’s Converged Packet Optical segment offers networking solutions optimized for the convergence of coherent optical transport, OTN switching, and packet switching. Its products comprise the 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System, CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switches, and OTN configuration for the 5410 Reconfigurable Switching System. This segment also sells operating system software and enhanced software features embedded in each of th...

7035 Ridge Road

Hanover, MD 21076

United States

Founded in 1992

5,108 Employees





Key Executives for Ciena Corporation

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Age: 54
Total Annual Compensation: $788.1K
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Finance
Age: 64
Total Annual Compensation: $450.6K
Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales & Field Operations
Age: 49
Total Annual Compensation: $463.7K
Senior Vice President of Global Products Group
Age: 44
Total Annual Compensation: $420.5K
Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President and Member of Technology Advisory Council
Age: 56
Total Annual Compensation: $400.5K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Ciena Corporation Key Developments

Ciena Corporation Opens Technology Lab in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Ciena Corporation has announced the opening of its new technology lab in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The new facility will serve as a testing and training hub for Ciena customers, partners and employees across the country and region.

Ciena Announces Availability of Ethernet CPE Platform with VNF Integration

Ciena Corporation has announced the general availability of 3938vi Service Virtualization Switch, its ethernet CPE platform with VNF integration. Ciena's Agility Matrix enables managed service providers to quickly create and offer managed services to their enterprise customers. These services can be hosted on customer premise equipment via standard 3rd party COTS hardware or now on Ciena hardware with the 3938vi. The 3938vi is a carrier-grade compact CPE platform that delivers 10GbE service capability. It is based on Ciena's Service-Aware Operating System (SAOS) used in all of Ciena's packet switches, providing operational efficiency and consistent system attributes. The 3938vi enables service providers to have a one stop shop for all their needs from VNFs to hardware. This further accelerates time-to-market for new managed services offerings, and also allows for the flexibility to deploy new types of services as customer needs evolve. VNFs can be purchased from Ciena's cloud based VNF market. Agility Director, which generates on-the-fly licenses for the VNFs and manages their end-to-end lifecycle on the host, then deploys these VNFs on either a standard x86 based COTS hardware or Ciena's 3938vi. This provides operators the opportunity to roll out services at the edge of the network and at customer premises. One of the key advantages of virtualization is the ability to scale to meet demand. While the VNFs can scale, it is imperative to have underlying hardware that is flexible and can meet carrier-grade requirements. The 3938vi is built for carrier-grade deployments. It provides optimal performance for the VNFs and can scale to meet the growing and dynamic demands of the operator environment. The 3938vi platform supports interworking between transport options via a sophisticated and scalable virtual switching architecture, leading to complete service flexibility and optimal utilization of network resources. With an extensive set of MPLS features, the solution also supports resilient L2VPNs and enables service providers to offer connection-oriented MPLS-TP-based services on metro networks, extending the functionality and scalability of existing MPLS networks to accommodate the behavior and operational practices of traditional transport networks.

Ciena Corporation Joins SARNET Research Initiative

Ciena Corporation has joined Secure Autonomous Response programmable networks project, or SARNET, t23o explore how software defined networking, or SDN, can help improve cyber-attacks and program networks to provide cyber-terror detection and defense. SARNET is a four year collaboration agreement between the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research, an airline and Ciena to explore methods for autonomous Internet security. The SARNET project allows researchers to automatically create, manipulate, move and remove network services as needed. With added software intelligence, the network can be programmed to instantly reconfigure, self-provision and self-heal, helping to prevent attacks, such as denial-of-service attacks. The research network leverages Ciena's SDN-enabled 8700 Packetwave platform with multiple research laboratories, including UvA, which is connected to Ciena's Ottawa, Canada R&D facilities via its OPn research network. International connectivity is achieved via CANARIE in Canada; Internet 2, Starlight and ESnet in the US; and, SURFnet in the Netherlands. It also includes computers and storage clouds based on the National Science Foundation's exoGENI architecture. This collaboration is exploring just one of the use-cases made possible by SDN. Autonomous Internet security would alleviate a lot of pressure on today's networks, freeing up resources and opening the industry up to a raft of other innovations. Enabling instantaneous responses to cyber-attacks or cyber warfare is a logical next step on this journey, and demonstrates an important advantage of software defined networking.

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