It’s nearly Halloween. That’s fun, because lots of people like candy, dressing up, and hanging out with their friends and neighbors. Some people like getting scared too – but most of us don’t.
Feeling scared puts us on edge, making us uncomfortable because we don’t know what to expect next. To a large extent, dealing with the unexpected is just part of life. But there are things we can do to avoid non-fun-related fear and to create more certainty. One of them is by working with people who know what they’re doing and using tools that were built to address the situation at hand.
Ciena says it’s providing both of the above for enterprises and operators as they take on the sometimes-scary task of network transformation.
For example, the company offers professional services to provide organizations with guidance as they move from legacy packet networks and adaptive and automated networks.
Ciena notes that these old networks (which employ technologies like Ethernet, IP, MPLS, and TDM) are too costly and complex to operate. That’s impeding the businesses and service providers that operate these networks from quickly turning up new services, automating their infrastructure for lower costs and greater scalability, and enjoying the benefits of agility and power- and space-efficiencies.
What’s needed, Ciena notes, are adaptive networks that allow for expedited updates, faster deployments, and lower total cost of ownership. Adaptive networks
allow for automation, will support modular and virtual architectures, and provide agility and cost benefits.
In addition to professional services, Ciena’s Adaptive IP strategy also includes a few new solutions and some enhanced ones.
For example, Ciena’s Blue Planet Management portfolio has been upgraded with Layer 3 Route Optimization & Assurance capabilities. The company has announced support for coherent optics on its packet network platforms.
The company now supports programmability via Ciena’s Service Aware (News - Alert) Operating System, which is based on a microservices architecture. And Ciena has enhanced its 5162 and 5170 Service Aggregation platforms with SAOS.
Ciena also offers the 6500 Packet Transport System. It allows customers to continue support TDM services, while gaining the benefits of transporting them across a modern packet network.
Edited by Maurice Nagle