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CenturyLink, RAD, Ciena, and Ciena’s Blue Planet Division Collaborate on Multi-Vendor Service Orchestration PoC at MEF 16

CenturyLink, RAD, Ciena, and Ciena’s Blue Planet Division Collaborate on Multi-Vendor Service Orchestration PoC at MEF 16

07 Nov 2016 / Baltimore, Md.

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), RAD, Ciena (NYSE: CIEN), and Ciena’s Blue Planet division will jointly demonstrate an innovative proof-of-concept (PoC) titled, “Multi-Vendor Service Orchestration Using Open APIs for Service Activation, Performance Monitoring, and NFV during the MEF16 Global Networking Event taking place November 7-10 in Baltimore. 

The PoC will demonstrate the on-demand orchestration of end-to-end Carrier Ethernet and NFV-based services with multiple vendor vCPE devices including  RAD’s ETX-2i NFV-enabled NID, Ciena’s 3906mvi NFV-enabled NID, RADview domain management, and Ciena’s domain controller, all automated by Ciena’s Blue Planet Orchestrator using open APIs. 

A key component of this multi-vendor PoC is the CenturyLink-led open source initiative to develop APIs and resource adapters within the MEF LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) framework for automated service provisioning and end-to-end delivery of agile, assured, and orchestrated Carrier Ethernet and NFV-based services in a multi-vendor environment. 

“This showcase aligns perfectly with the MEF focus on enabling dynamic “Third Network” services,” said Jack Pugaczewski, CenturyLink Distinguished Architect. “It shows how the use of open APIs simplifies delivery of on-demand, orchestrated, and assured services. The ultimate objectives are to maximize the end-user’s control of their network resources and cloud connectivity based on their specific needs, while standardizing management interfaces so we, as the service provider, can build best-of-breed networks without the huge IT overhead of yesteryear’s proprietary networks.”

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information. 

About RAD
RAD is a global telecom access solutions and products vendor. Our Service Assured Access solutions for mobile, business and wholesale service providers are designed to improve the way they compete: service agility to minimize time to revenue, complete visibility of network performance for greater operational efficiency, and better QoE to reduce churn. We are at the forefront of pioneering technologies, such as: Distributed NFV, MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0, Layer 2 and Layer 3 performance monitoring, hardware miniaturization, and synchronization over packet. Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 15 million units, and works closely with Tier 1 operators and service providers around the globe. RAD is a member of the $1.25 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions. For more information about RAD visit www.rad.com, follow us on Twitter @RADdatacomms, or check us out on LinkedIn and Facebook.

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 OPn 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 unified, virtualized environment. For updates on Ciena news, follow us on Twitter @Ciena or on LinkedIn

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