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The SDN Resource Adapter: More than Meets the Eye

There are clearly many choices when it comes SDN controllers today. Every controller supports multiple vendors; however, multi-vendor support is not as simplistic as many would make it out to be.

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Ciena welcomes Cyan employees to the family

Pictures from last week's event at Cyan's Petaluma headquarters where employees celebrated their move into the Ciena family.

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Service Orchestration: The Cure for Vendor Silos in Virtualized Networks

With the litany of controllers and orchestrators being created across the SDN and NFV landscape, we are re-creating the very problem for which we were trying to solve. A solution lies in the concept of Multi-Domain Service Orchestration.

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Q&A with Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Cyan Acquisition

Ciena CEO Gary Smith talks about the company's newly completed acquisition of Cyan: what it will bring to Ciena and what it will bring to our customers.

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One of the Secrets Behind Cyan’s Software

SDN and NFV are driving tremendous change across the entire communications ecosystem by transforming service providers’ networks to be more agile and software-centric. The changes go well beyond their networks, even impacting the internal culture as they seek to meet the increasing pace of innovation.

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FUD Factor: Debunking SDN and NFV Myths from Incumbent Suppliers

As NFV is now moving beyond the PoC stage to commercial deployments, I’m seeing an increasing trend where large, traditional vendors are attempting to create FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) about best-of-breed, multi-vendor solutions. Clearly motivated by the impending sea change that will erode their revenues, the traditional “we do everything you’ll ever need” mega-vendors are propagating several myths about supposed risks associated with an open, multi-vendor approach.

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At the Forefront of the NFV Revolution @Layer123

NFV has opened up a new paradigm that encourages best of breed, multi-vendor solutions, as opposed to completely integrated, silo based deployments provided by a single vendor.

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CenturyLink and Cyan Formally Usher in the Network Virtualization Era

The network virtualization era has begun. CenturyLink will be offering NFV-enhanced services to their enterprise and SMB customers based on Cyan’s Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator. As far as we can tell, this is the industry’s first commercialized deployment of NFV technology where the service is fully orchestrated from end-to-end.

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VMware and Cyan at Mobile World Congress 2015

At Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, VMware unveiled their vCloud for NFV with integrated OpenStack platform. This important industry announcement signals a bold move by VMware as they step onto the NFV stage and compete for market share in the carrier network virtualization market.

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Telefonica, Cyan, and Partners Take an Important Step Forward for NFV at MWC 2015

OpenStack and other CMSs such as VMware and CloudStack fall into the virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM) category of the ETSI Network Function Virtualization (NFV) framework. This framework is one of the methods for providing structure around a multi-component and multi-vendor approach to bringing modern day IT solutions to the carrier world.

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