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AutoHack18: Unleashing the Power of Open Platforms through Creativity and Innovation

Ciena is collaborating with University of Melbourne's Networked Society Institute (NSI) and nbn for AutoHack18, a unique extended-form hackathon in which University of Melbourne students are invited to participate and create innovative automation solutions using the Blue Planet software suite. Ciena's Matt Vesperman has all the details. Pictured above are the three judges from "Pitch Night" of the event. From left to right: Carolyn Phiddian, Principal Architect for Technology Innovation at nbn Australia, Ivan Polizzi, Director of Sales for Australia at Ciena, and Ken Clarke, Deputy Director at MNSI Lab.

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We Don’t Need No Education: 3 Reasons Pink Floyd Had It Right

You finished school many years ago, but your ongoing education is more important than ever. Ciena Learning's new Discover Series of free, self-paced learning courses has you covered.

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How Financial Enterprises Light Up the Darkness

For some financial institutions, a private dark fiber network provides the control and security they require for data center connectivity. Ciena's Wayne Hickey details the benefits that a dark fiber network can bring.

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Ciena Wins Big with Industry Awards for Software Innovation

Ciena's Blue Planet software suite has been accumulating a nice collection of industry awards. Rick Hamilton, Senior VP of Global Software & Services, has all the details.

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SC17: Super Networks for Super Computers

The SC17 conference provides a perfect opportunity to experience the intersection of high-performance computing with high-performance networking. Ciena’s Rod Wilson details all the technology on display at the show.

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Can networking be that easy? What’s possible with MEF 3.0, orchestration and great teamwork

Network automation was the topic of the show at MEF17. Ciena’s Abel Tong details two proof-of-concept demos at the show where Ciena Blue Planet teamed with other industry leaders to automate services across the network.

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Outsmarting Networking Complexity with Intelligent Automation

Network complexity is increasing exponentially, creating intense challenges in managing the explosive growth of end-points. Intelligent automation is a key enabler in outsmarting the complexity.

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#Ciena25: Best Wishes from Some Amazing Customers: Ciena's Virtual Birthday Card

November officially marks Ciena's 25th anniversary. To kick off the month, a few of our customers sent over some kind words as a virtual “birthday card” below. From all of us at Ciena, thank you.

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Ciena Cares in Action: Our Response to Natural Disasters

Mark Stevens, Ciena’s Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, reflects on how Ciena and its employees are responding to help those in need from recent natural disasters, and the important contribution made through community matching programs within the Ciena Cares program.

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Will Automation in the Clouds Propel the Winds of SDN and NFV?

Five years after the advent of SDN and NFV, those technologies have moved into production spurred on by Cloud, IoT and 5G mega-trends. However, SDN/NFV adoption is far from mainstream. Recent discussions at SDN & NFV World Congress shed light on the reason why: Automation is the missing link. How can you hope to achieve rapid service velocity and dynamic network self-healing when people are controlling each step of day-to-day operations? If the management system itself is onerous to deploy and upgrade, how can it keep up with the requirements of a software-defined network?

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