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Cyan’s Blue Planet Platform Named "SDN Innovation of the Year"

Cyan’s Blue Planet Platform Named "SDN Innovation of the Year"

04 Dec 2013 / Petaluma, CA

Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), a leading provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced that its Blue Planet SDN and NFV Orchestration Platform won the distinction of "SDN Innovation of the Year" in the 2013 Telecom Asia Readers’ Choice & Innovation Awards. Cyan’s selection is based on Blue Planet’s market traction (over 100 deployments worldwide) and the platform’s ability to address multi-layer, multi-vendor WAN, data center, and NFV orchestration challenges for network operators.

"We all understand how the data center was virtualized and how these virtualized compute and cloud resources have created an on-demand world. But there is still one major component of our communications infrastructure that’s monolithic and static – and that’s the network," says Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer at Cyan. "Cyan has taken a leadership role in SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV), to enable dynamic networks that can handle the transformation requirements of service providers today. We are very proud to have been recognized by leading service providers throughout ASIA as the SDN innovation of the year."

Now in its 6th year, Telecom Asia’s awards program recognizes the technology innovations and accomplishments of the top telecom vendors operating in the Asia Pacific region. This year, Telecom Asia increased its focus on suppliers whose products and services help telcos find new ways to partner, test new business models and compete in the digital economy. Preliminary nominations were open to analysts, consultants and telco executives in September, and final voting was open to Telecom Asia’s online subscriber base of service providers across Asia in October 2013.

Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN and NFV Orchestration Platform allows network operators to automate, virtualize and manage their networks in a multi-vendor environment. Prior to the launch of Blue Planet, most SDN innovation occurred inside the data center. Cyan Blue Planet is the first carrier-grade SDN and NFV orchestration platform built specifically for network operators and the wide area network (WAN).  Combined with Cyan’s Z-Series packet-optical platforms, the technology enables a fully software-defined, open, and automated network that gives network operators the flexibility to select best-in-class, multi-vendor solutions across a wide range of applications.

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About Cyan

Cyan enables network transformation. The company’s software-defined network (SDN) solutions deliver orchestration, visualization, and scale to networks, that until now, have been static and hardware driven. Serving carriers, enterprises, governments, and data centers globally, Cyan’s open platforms provide multi-vendor control and visibility to network operators, making service delivery more efficient and profitable. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software and Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

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