Ciena's Daniele Loffreda spent the week at the CoSN'17 annual conference that gathers K-12 EdTech leaders from around the U.S. Here's his report on the key themes from the show.
Networking solutions provider Ciena funds a group called Ciena Cares that is made up entirely of company employees who volunteer their time for various good works and causes. In a recent blog post, Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena, says the organization is a reflection of individual employees' passion as well as the passion of the entire enterprise.
Over the years, cable operators have used coaxial distribution amplifiers to cover more subscribers and homes passed. But by driving optical fiber deeper, cable operators can improve performance and reliability, increase capacity, become eco-friendlier, along with providing faster download and upload speeds.
One of the great benefits of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is that network functions - such as encryption, firewall, WAN acceleration, IP routing - which were previously fragmented and delivered in purpose-built hardware (or boxes) deployed on-premise in an enterprise networking closet, can now be captured in software and hosted in a data center.
The banking industry is accelerating its digital transformation, thanks to rivalries from a new breed of financial technology companies (FinTech), the market's expectation for more open banking, and a rapidly evolving and broadening digital payments ecosystem. Banks must offer more comprehensive digital services to respond to these trends and to proactively position their organizations for increasing competition. Digitization will also help banks offer more personalized services to enhance the customer experience and to strengthen their relationships with their customers, which is vital in a diversifying industry.
The case for standardized global Carrier Ethernet connectivity was at the forefront of discussion at the recent Ciena EMEA Partner Summit. Ciena partners with some of the largest global Ethernet carriers and one of their most consistent complaints is a lack of standardization among Ethernet services.
Partnerships are vital to the ongoing state of a business as it's known today. Whether it's something as simple as two businesses getting together to share contacts or something as complex as several corporations working to decide industry standards, the partnership is vital to getting the most out of operations. Partnership with the community is just as important, and recently, Level 3 and Ciena have been spotted making moves in just that direction.
If the internet is the blood that runs in the veins of today's economy, then the datacenter is the heart that keeps that blood circulating where it needs to go. Datacenters are where information lives, is stored, transmitted and accessed. Without datacenters and connectivity, there is no cloud, no digital economy. But just like we can't get complacent about our own heart health, we must also keep these digital hearts healthy by addressing the internal and external challenges they face.
Recently, Ciena called together teams from all over the Asia-Pacific region in a bid to find the best and the brightest in the field of open networking, as it held its first Open Networking Innovation Competition (ONIC). Taking the top prize in the field was Singapore Polytechnic's "SP Avengers", who offered up a new system for managing and monitoring mobile networks.
Many network equipment manufacturers today are facing a challenging market in light of the move from hardware- to software-based solutions and services. However, optical networking is one bright spot on the NEM frontier. And Ciena is one example of a company in this space that's seen strong performance despite the disruptive forces in networking today.
For most CEOs, disruptive technologies are a curse, threatening to shake up the status quo and potentially create change - a scary prospect. When you're the CEO of a massive optical networking company known for development and innovation, disruption is something to be embraced.
We recently caught up with John Hawkins, senior product line manager at Ciena, to ask him some questions about the state of Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), two trends that are radically changing how we design, build, and use networks. He filled us in about where the technology stands today, and where it's heading.
Australian telecom Telstra announced recently that it will spend $2.3 billion (US) over the next three years on capital expenditures to improve network reliability. The news comes after the company has suffered a major public relations setback from repeated network outages, which appear to have led to the ouster of former Telstra COO, Kate McKenzie.
The Central Office Re-architected as Data Center (CORD) project has received quite a bit of notice lately, particularly since Google took a leadership role in the initiative last month. Designed to bring all the efficiencies of SDN and NFV that are becoming entrenched in the data center space to the telecom world, CORD is set to propel telecom on the final leg of its journey into the cloud.
Zayo has an 112,000-mile network in North America and Europe, with extensive metro connectivity to thousands of buildings and data centers. This connectivity provides services to large enterprises, including wireless and wireline carriers, media and content companies, finance, healthcare and many others. With security a top priority for these organizations, Zayo has selected Ciena's WaveLogic Encryption platform to ensure sensitive in-flight data is always protected.
MobiFone Corp., a mobile network operator out of Vietnam, has acquired Ciena's packet-optical networking technology through the vendor's channel partner ELCOM.
Talk about the digital revolution is very exciting. But the fact remains that despite the promise of the gold digital age, we haven't yet come close to the economic growth seen as a result of the Second Industrial Revolution, which saw the rise of the combustion engine, computing, phones, and jet air travel, says Ciena President and CEO Gary Smith in a recent blog.
It's July - which means school's out, the days of summer are in full swing and for many teens it's time for summer camp. What if I told you summer camp isn't just for kids anymore? I'm not saying you'll be lakeside, running the ropes course or making s'mores, but the benefits may be equally as sweet.
Data centers are the heart of the cloud that everyone has come to rely on, but what is the role of data center interconnect and why is it important? I recently met with Mervyn Kelly, EMEA Marketing Director, and during our chat he offered some fresh perspectives on the role and value of the communications network that connects datacenters together.
Wide area networks are littered with a broad array of legacy equipment and technologies. That can make connecting different sites of an organization a complicated and pricey affair.
Most of us live, work and play on solid ground, and don't give much thought to what goes on in the depths of the ocean. Many key optical cables reside in deep water, however, making the work of a submarine network field technician difficult but vital.
Today's phone systems only share a passing resemblance to the copper-wire phone lines of yore, and the same case is now being made for the evolution of Ethernet. A recent blog post from John Hawkins, senior product line manager at Ciena, discusses how the steady transition to Carrier Ethernet resembles the evolution from party lines to the phone systems of today. Interestingly, the concept of Carrier Ethernet also resembles the party line in some ways.
Typically, it's a given that companies are hesitant to spend money on things they can't see, or make money off of. Employee engagement programs? Who needs them! Executive sensitivity training? Not unless we are forced by a lawsuit. Teleworking? We'd rather see our employees in person.
If asked if your company could use a more agile, high performing and cost effective network, most would likely answer with a resounding, Yes. Well, Web-scale networking provides all of the above. And, with the weekend upon us there is no better time than the present to take a look at the week that was: Time for the Week in Review!
Today, optical network operators use a set of network protocols to manage their network. These protocols are proprietary command line interfaces (CLIs) provided by vendors to control specific functions on their own network elements. Network elements from different vendors have different CLIs, as do different elements from the same vendor, which means network operators must manage multiple commands and protocols to keep their network running smoothly. To make matters worse, it's difficult for these CLIs to share information between one-another or IT systems, increasing operational complexity.
A major transformation is happening in the IT space - creating a new profitable revenue stream for companies once only known for connectivity services.
For a world that runs increasingly on software, software development itself has become a valuable skill. Skill alone has never been enough, however; just ask the master sculptor who decided to work in marble armed only with his forehead. Tools are just as important as skill, and with Ciena's new Blue Planet toolkit, the skilled get access to some really impressive new tools to work with.
In a world that is increasingly driven by technology and automation, it is logical that people gravitate toward tangible innovations and products that make an impact on their lives.
Did you know that libraries are becoming the key to communities getting better, faster broadband?
While there's no doubt that tools like software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) aren't fads on the way out, a new look from the Ciena Insights blog notes just what we'll all need to look for in a network to make these things work.
The bring your own device (BYOD) trend has had a profound impact on the way organizations do business and generally, the benefits have been positive.
Ciena's multi-terabit 8700 integrates Ethernet and MPLS-TP switching with Ciena's coherent 100G WaveLogic 3 Nano optics (optimized for reaches up to 1000 km) into a single, scalable platform that enables simpler, more cost-effective networks without stranding switch capacity.
Service providers, data centers and even large enterprises with WANs are moving toward the software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) models at an unprecedented rate.
Last week's MEF hackathon in Rome took the world at least one step closer to the on-demand network we're all planning for, according to a blog by John Hawkins of Ciena, who participated in the event.
The landscape for data centers has changed over the past decade, with facilities spreading to somewhat remote areas like Iceland and Sweden thanks to their naturally cool temperatures and native geothermal power.
In an effort to meet the rigorous parameters of on-demand cloud computing with agility and efficiency, Vodafone Global Enterprise has rolled out a hybrid WAN portfolio.
A new blog by Mariana Agache, senior director of global consulting at Ciena, compares the automation of the automotive industry with the evolution of communication service providers.
Networking specialist Ciena has just announced that it has been selected by KDDI Corporation for the Japan Information Highway (JIH) submarine cable upgrade, to help meet surging demand driven by factors such as increased data communications.
That's why networking Ciena giant just made a very smart hire. The leader in web-scale networking has appointed Matt Vesperman as Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand.
For submarine network operators and their customers, the work that takes place in this field is significant and Ciena is playing a vital role.
To truly understand the evolution and importance of today's Ethernet solutions requires a look at the history of the technology since its inception in the 1970s.
On-demand video streaming and the Internet of Things (IoT) are driving traffic like never before. This new network revolution has created a demand for online delivery that is dynamic, scalable, and highly flexible.
As cloud and mobility converge, IT is being called upon to deliver evolutionary, multi-faceted strategies to enable digital transformation of the enterprise at scale.
Web-scale networking made some news this week, and we have all the stories that deserve a second look.
Ciena is showing off a raft of products at the OFC 2016 conference this week in Anaheim, Calif., many of which have been added to the network vendor's portfolio just this year.
Ciena has no shortage of products in the pipeline at any time, and some of these products garner substantial industry credibility right out of the gate. Two more such products have recently come to light.
Networking giant Ciena is extending the benefits of its market-leading 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to significantly increase network scalability and accelerate the move to open, virtualized, SDN-based architectures.
March 8, 2016, was International Women's Day, and communications networking giant Ciena celebrated it in global style, leveraging its Women@Ciena initiative.
When we think about connectivity today, we're most concerned about our needs and our wants. But a new study finds that such desires are universal, creating an overseas opportunity for those that cast a wider net.
A new movement aims to connect billions of people around the world, and Ciena is bidding to support the service providers of India through the country's Smart City Initiative.
Recently, Ciena dropped word on its first fiscal quarter figures, which came to an end with the start of February. The word out from that report suggested that things were looking reasonably bright at Ciena, and expectations for the second quarter were actually higher than the first.
Finding the right cloud deployment requires careful analysis of the IT needs of an organization. Whether it is private, public or hybrid, each platform has it pros and cons depending on who is using the technology.
The demand for mobile, video and cloud-based services is putting more pressure on global networks as they try to cope with the ever-increasing traffic.
Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) offer network operators a way to stay competitive and drive new revenue opportunities through virtualization.
Members of the Streaming Video Alliance (SVA), an industry forum that comprises leading companies from the online video ecosystem, recently convened at Yahoo's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California, for the Alliance's quarterly meeting.
In a world where nearly everything is online, web-scale networking has to be all about security. Aside from the personal impact a breach can have on the affected consumer, these activities are actually big business.
Driven by the borderless enterprise and shifting consumer content consumption habits, we are entering a mobile-first era.
There are a lot of really grand possibilities for software defined networking (SDN), but many of these won't be realized until sometime in the near or far future.
At first glance, the upcoming, inevitable shift to 5G mobile networks seems simple. But the fact is, there's a lot that operators, companies and even consumers have to do to be ready for 5G.
As we witness the constant evolution of technology, there is the realization that infrastructures need to be modified in order to keep pace with these changes.
For those who've noticed a lot more video showing up on Facebook lately, you're not alone, and that move is quite deliberate, reports say.
Comcast, the nation's largest cable company, has begun adding extra fees on Internet customers who use what it feels is excessive amounts of data.
WaveLogic Encryption offers encryption specifically at the optical layer, allowing for most every breed of infrastructure from 10G to 200G to have the kind of protection it needs.
There's an old saying in business that you can't see where you're going if you keep looking to the past. That may be one reason why Ciena - a network specialist that collaborates with customers worldwide to help unlock the strategic potential of their own networks - has just made a significant, forward-facing acquisition.
Although it was a fairly low-key week for the web-scale networking space, there were a couple notable stories. Let's break them down.
Thanks to Ericsson and Ciena, Telstra was awarded the title for the longest un-regenerated terrestrial fiber optic link, with respect to its trans-Australian network deployment.
Ciena's Waveserver product was first announced in May of 2015, and it has already been awarded with the Data Center Innovation of the Year Award at the 8th annual Telecom Asia Reader's Choice & Innovation Awards in Singapore.
Three years into the development of network function virtualization (NFV), it's moving from the theoretical network diagram to customer deployment.
Currently there are more than 3.28 billion people using the Internet, which is almost half of the population on the planet.
SimpliVity has announced that it has been accepted into the Microsoft Cloud Alliance Program. The company is immersed in the field of hyperconverged infrastructure and is looked to as a leader by many within the industry.
With 2015 just a few paces behind us in the rear-view mirror, it's a good time to take a peek back and see all the good things the last year has brought us in technology news
Rather than take a look back at how things have changed since 1991, it might be more instructive to project ahead and ask ourselves how the Web might change in the years ahead.
There is very little doubt that in web-scale networking there are a number of different changes when it comes the SDN and NFV services.
It's the end of the year, and most businesses are already looking forward to the start of 2016. Telindus is one of them, having achieved Ciena Advanced Technical Support Status worldwide.
As data centers grow in importance thanks to increasing data use and cloud computing, so too does the need for reliable data center interconnect (DCI).
Verizon has already made it clear that it wants to show that it is not necessary for telecom players to lose ground to mobile ad companies such as Google and Facebook, which is why it launched a trial version of its over-the-top (OTT) mobile video service, which is called go90.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has approved the Mellanox SwitchX series of 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet switches for use on U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) networks.
While a paper published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory last year showed streaming video is relatively energy efficient, the volume of streaming video still warrants attention from an environmental perspective.
The cloud data center market is booming in India and China, thanks to surging storage and compute demands in the region. But continued innovation is required.
Internet.org is a partnership between Facebook and six companies, and the goal is to bring affordable (meaning free) access to selected Internet services to less developed countries.
It's a brave new world of competition, and carriers are looking to meet the gauntlet thrown down by over-the-top (OTT) application providers by accelerating their own service innovation, development and deployment.
Facebook and Google, two firms that will benefit handsomely by getting the rest of the world online, are working on the second half of the Internet access equation.
Analog, frame-relay and other TDM access and private-line services will soon go the way of the telegraph, judging from the escalating rate of circuit-switched telephone network decommissioning.
Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella announced on Nov. 10 that the company would be setting up its first datacenter in the U.K. Microsoft already has facilities in Ireland which carry most of the European workloads.
In the world of web-scale networking, it's all about the volume. And no company is driving that message home more forcefully than social networking giant Facebook.
It's been a good year for web-scale networking giant Ciena, and it only seems to be getting better. Case in point: It was announced this week that Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) has selected Ciena to supply packet-optical transport systems to support its international mesh terrestrial and submarine network.
For baseball fans everywhere, the height of the season is in play right now - the World Series. Yet the first game of the series aired and for five minutes - there was no game.
As Gary B. Smith noted recently in a New York Times interview, success or failure usually rests with good people skills.
Networking specialist Ciena has raised the bar for the industry yet again with the rollout of key enhancements to its Blue Planet network orchestration software.
Ciena's Blue Planet division has unveiled an entirely new architecture, a disruptive set of enhancements for our Blue Planet solution that change the way technologies like SDN and NFV are implemented to create open and programmable software-driven networks.
Hewlett Packard has announced its launch of the OpenSwitch community as well as a new open source networking operating system.
The one thing that you can always count on with technology is that it is always changing, and these movements also bring with it a change as to how and who uses it.
Gulf Bridge International (GBI) is the Middle East's first privately owned submarine cable system. GBI links Gulf countries on a self-healing ring to each other, as well as to Europe, Africa and Asia.
Web-scale networking has been well-received in the technology community, and like any new innovation, everyone seems to want more, and faster. Now Ciena, a company with deep expertise in optical, Ethernet, and network automation, has taken that idea to the next logical step.
A huge amount of data, fueled by cloud computing, mobility and a plethora of applications, are stretching networks to their limits.
The technology world is steadily migrating to cloud-based applications and services, and when combined with a huge uptake in mobility, this trend has forced networks to evolve.
If a business wants to connect its operations in a far-flung location, the Ethernet provider serving the headquarters for the business must typically arrange with other operators to offer the needed connectivity. The Metro Ethernet Forum's new E-Access standard simplifies this process.
Intelligent Energy, a British technology firm, claims a breakthrough in mobile charging solutions - specifically for the iPhone - having developed a built-in hydrogen fuel cell that can power an iPhone for a week without recharging.
Earlier this month, Twitter began testing a news tab that appears on its mobile apps. The tab will highlight trending news that the user might want.
The increased use of bandwidth is forcing a number of telecoms worldwide to take a closer look at supply and demand, and to adjust their offerings accordingly.