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APIs, Awards, and Collaborations

4 Jun 2014 / Joe Cumello

It has been a busy couple of weeks for us over here at Cyan. Besides attending the Network Virtualization and SDN World Conference in London last week, we have made a number of important announcements and won another industry award. Since this is all happening at a fast and furious clip, we thought we’d sum up the last 30 days activities in a in a short blog.

1. Deterministic NFV — Telefonica, Cyan and Red Hat announced a collaboration focused on the development of a deterministic NFV architecture. What does that mean? Each VNF or virtual appliance has performance requirements to ensure that the application performs as designed. Unfortunately, when orchestrating across a virtualized infrastructure, it can be unclear as to what hardware resource is being used to instantiate a VNF. A deterministic NFV architecture puts intelligence into both the orchestrator (in this case Cyan’s Blue Planet) and the OpenStack implementation (from Red Hat) to ensure that VNFs are placed in the correct resource for optimal performance. This is just another example of the learnings the industry can glean from the PoCs, trails, and demos currently going on globally to validate SDN and NFV technology.

2. 100G Network for NANOG — NANOG, the North American Network Operators Group, is a professional association for Internet engineering and architecture. The 61st gathering of the associations members is happening this week in Bellevue, WA and features a high-speed network, pulled together by NTT America, to serve the conference and attendees. But it’s not just any network. For the first time in the show’s history, the sponsor network is a 100G network. Cyan collaborated with NTT and Cisco to make this a reality for NANOG attendees.

3. NTT Uses Cyan’s Optical Wave Service (OWS) API — As part of the press release announcing the 100G network at NANOG, NTT America also announced that they are using Cyan’s OWS API. Similar to Cyan’s previously announced Carrier Ethernet 2.0 API, the OWS (Optical Wave Service) API helps our customers accelerate service delivery by connecting NTT’s back-office systems to Blue Planet — speeding up and automating the provisioning of optical services. The benefit to NTT — faster service provisioning times, simpler operations, a better customer experience, and a time-to-market advantage vs. the competition.

4. Another Award for Cyan, and More Importantly, for Our Customer - Cyan is adding to its growing trophy case of awards. Cyan’s Blue Planet was recognized as the “SDN Technology of the Year” at the Informa Network Virtualization and SDN World Conference in London last week, our sixth award since last December. To review our full list of awards and acknowledgements over the last few months please see our awards page.

While it’s certainly an honor to receive these awards, we were undoubtedly more pleased to see that one of our customers is winning awards based on their Cyan-powered network infrastructure. Over the past few weeks, Colt was recognized as “SDN Operator of the Year” at Network Virtualization and SDN World. The week before, Colt took home a 2014 Innovation Award in the category of “Fixed Network Infrastructure Innovation” at the Global Telecoms Business Innovation Summit in London.

We’re looking forward to our next major show, Light Reading’s Big Telecom Event, coming up in Chicago in mid-June. Stay tuned for more important announcements as we get closer.

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