September 16, 2008
XO Deploys Ciena's FlexSelect
By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributing Editor
XO Communications (News - Alert) has selected Ciena’s CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to support the delivery of on-demand, high-bandwidth optical metro transport services.
XO, a provider of communications services for businesses and service providers, has also become a designated Managed Services Provider (MSP) partner within Ciena’s BizConnect global partner program.
Ciena’s platform enables XO to deliver a variety of managed private network services offerings to customers that require scalable bandwidth and expanded reach capabilities for key business applications.
According to Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications, their large enterprise and service provider customers are demanding advanced services with higher bandwidth requirements. Ciena’s CN 4200 enables XO to deliver higher-speed and lower-cost wavelength services to their customers, who can mix and match protocols on any single XO wavelength.
Under the agreement, XO Communications will use Ciena’s CN 4200 to power a wide range of private networks that can support customers’ Ethernet, storage and other managed services applications. Deployed in XO’s metro networks nationwide, Ciena’s CN 4200 platform will support the intelligent aggregation and transport of high-capacity services, which will not only further XO’s transition to a converged network architecture but will also provide the company with significant operating efficiencies.
Mike Aquino, senior vice president of global field operations at Ciena explained that network operators continue to face the challenges of evolving networks to provide next-generation services in a manner that is transparent to their customers and cost-effective to their business.
Ciena’s FlexSelect Architecture enables customers like XO to meet these challenges with the flexibility to change service profiles and redirect bandwidth where needed in a seamless fashion. Ciena’s forward-looking approach to Ethernet and OTN especially enables them to offer the resiliency and manageability necessary to make Ethernet-centric packet transport infrastructures performance-grade.
Boasting over 50 elite partners worldwide, the BizConnect program enables partners to customize every aspect of their relationship with Ciena – including portfolio offerings, promotions, training, incentives and more – customizing participation based on each member’s unique business strategy and revenue objectives.
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Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anuradha’s article, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Stefania Viscusi