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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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2015: The Year of the NFV Orchestrator

PoCs and trials teach all of us important lessons. Should VNF placement be centralized or distributed? What role does OpenStack play vs. the orchestrator? What is the commercialization model? Why is deterministic placement important for VNF performance? At the end of the day, those of us in the trenches are learning quite a bit from these engagements with operators and other vendors.

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The Internet Will Disappear

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday (January 22, 2015) said, “… the Internet will disappear …” – so much for sound bites. What Schmidt is really saying is that the Internet will be omnipresent. People will no longer need to think about physically connecting devices to or even building out networks. The network will be so prevalent and so much a part of everything we do that we won’t even consciously need to think about the network. Yes, this is a bold statement for sure. But, as we move into an era of an Internet of Things (IoT), at some time in the not too distant future we might just see the Internet “disappear.”

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SDN, NFV and Swivel-Chairs

Coming right on the heels of the SDN revolution, NFV was the catalyst that pushed network transformation past escape velocity. There’s no stopping the movement now. Worldwide, operators are redrawing networks, migrating technologies, overhauling operational procedures and racing to build software-driven networks and service-centric architectures.

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