|[November 13, 2012]
CENIC and Pacific Northwest Gigapop Upgrade Pacific Wave Network to 100G Powered by Ciena
HANOVER, Md. --(Business Wire)--
Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that
the Pacific Wave international network peering facility-which connects
research and education (R&E) networks in 40 countries in the Pacific Rim
and beyond-was recently upgraded with Ciena's 6500
Packet-Optical Platform, equipped with WaveLogic™
coherent optical processors. This deployment will provide 100Gb/s
networking capabilities to Pacific Wave's extensive R&E network
infrastructure across the western coast of the United States, from Los
Angeles to Seattle.
The 100G backbone now connecting Pacific Wave's major peering locations
will not only provide regional and national high-speed connectivity
between higher education and research institutions throughout the U.S.
Pacific Coast, but will also allow R&E institutions around the world to
collaborate more quickly and effectively in data-intensive,
international sciences such as astronomy, oceanography, high-energy
physics, and genomics.
In choosing Ciena for this deployment, the Corporation for Education
Network Initiatives (CENIC) and the Pacific Northwest Gigapop
(PNWGP) --who together operate Pacific Wave as a joint project - are
ensuring that Pacific Wave is consistent with the recent Internet2 and
the US Department of Energy (ESnet) 100G backbone upgrades.
Pacific Wave is a distributed international peering facility that
enables R&E networks to share traffic at any of five locations in
three cities: Los Angeles, Sunnyvale, and Seattle. Current network
participants are located throughout the Pacific Rim and beyond
including Australia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand,
Qatar, Singapore, South America, Taiwan, and the United States.
Connectivity to Europe is further facilitated via peering with
The Pacific Wave peering facility's West Coast backbone will be
powered by Ciena's coherent technology, a critical component of the
architecture, to provide significant scale and capacity to support
the increasing bandwidth requirements of large-scale e-science,
distributed computing, and storage applications.
In addition, the network supports ESnet's On-Demand Secure Circuits
and Reservation System (OSCARS)
that enables the dynamic provisioning of multi-domain, high-bandwidth
virtual circuits that provide bandwidth and service guarantees to
support research applications and has the potential to incorporate
software defined networking in the future.
Ciena's 6500 allows Pacific Wave's West Coast backbone to ride on the
Internet2 backbone as a fully separated "virtual wave," capturing the
benefits of a private fiber network at a fraction of the cost through
Funded through grants from the National Science Foundation to the
University of New Mexico, the Pacific Wave network will also provide
advanced broadband network capabilities, services, content, and
applications, expanding the use of the Internet2 network in the
western United States and enabling new capabilities to participants in
CENIC, PNWGP, and Internet2 R&E networks.
"Now more than ever, research and education efforts require high speed
networks that can quickly and reliably transfer massive amounts of
data and applications over greater distances. Ciena's coherent optical
solutions provide the economical and exponential growth in bandwidth
requirements required to support data-intensive, collaborative
research projects so that scientists can conduct experiments,
investigate, and collaborate with peers in new and innovative ways."
Rod Wilson, Senior Director of External Research, Ciena
"This upgrade is the latest step forward in Pacific Wave's long
history of advanced approaches to Layer 2 networking. The 100G upgrade
to the Pacific Wave backbone will help empower the next revolution in
global scientific collaboration and Science DMZ-model research
networking. Ciena's impressive track record in high-speed fiber-optic
network builds makes them a welcome ally in our mission to ensure that
California research and education benefits fully from advanced
networking and the innovation it enables."
Louis Fox, President & CEO, CENIC
"This 100G upgrade to Pacific Wave enables new research along
one of the mst vital corridors in the West."
Dr. Gil Gonzales, Principal Investigator, University of New
"With this new 100G West Coast upgrade for Pacific Wave, plus the 10G
Northern Wave peering connection between PacWave in Seattle and
StarLight in Chicago, PNWGP is delighted to be taking part in what
amounts to a massive advance in research networking throughout North
America. This is truly 21st century networking, made possible by
organizations that work together for a common goal."
Amy Philipson, Executive Director, PNWGP
"Providing America's leading universities with access to the most
advanced network technology and increasing the global capacity for
advanced science collaboration among our members and their partners is
critical to Internet2. We are proud to work with our partners at
CENIC, PNWGP and Ciena to support our members in accelerating
scientific discovery and providing access to advanced technologies to
the public through our nation's community anchor institutions."
Rob Vietzke, Vice President of Network Services, Internet2
Ciena is participating in several demonstrations
at the SC
Conference 2012 (SC12), in Salt Lake City, November 12-15. To
learn more about the Pacific Wave network, visit CENIC and PNWGP at
SC12 booth #3647.
The pioneer and market leader in coherent technology for optical
transmission, Ciena has to date shipped over 16,000 coherent 40G/100G
line interfaces to more than 100 customers across the globe, with over
15 million coherent kilometres deployed worldwide. Ciena has a long
standing commitment to the research and education sector and powers
several of the world's largest research networks include Internet2
(Canada), and JANET
is Ciena's approach for building open, programmable next-generation
networks that scale and automatically adapt to handle the changes
created by cloud/data center migration, mobile broadband and the
growing demand for high-bandwidth applications and services including
those that support R&E efforts across the globe.
Supporting Resources and Multimedia:
California's education and research communities leverage their
networking resources under CENIC, the Corporation for Education Network
Initiatives in California, in order to obtain cost-effective,
high-bandwidth networking to support their missions and answer the needs
of their faculty, staff, and students. CENIC designs, implements, and
operates CalREN, the California Research and Education Network, a
high-bandwidth, high-capacity Internet network specially designed to
meet the unique requirements of these communities, and to which the vast
majority of the state's K-20 educational institutions are onnected. In
order to facilitate collaboration in education and research, CENIC also
provides connectivity to non-California institutions and industry
research organizations with which CENIC's Associate researchers and
educators are engaged. For more information, visit www.cenic.org.
About Pacific Northwest Gigapop
The Pacific Northwest Gigapop (PNWGP) is a not-for-profit organization
whose team brought the original internet to the northwest in the 80's,
and which today provides the full range of cost-effective, reliable,
broadband high-performance networking, interconnection and peering, and
related collaboration mechanisms, needed to help support the missions of
our diverse membership, including the research, education, medical,
cultural, government and leading technology organizations throughout the
pacific-northwestern USA and also internationally across the Pacific Rim
via Pacific Wave. For more information, visit http://www.pnw-gigapop.net/.
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by
the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2
provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education
organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop
innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and
community service missions. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu.
Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide
to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally
change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep
expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software
automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OPn, its
approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a
high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and
adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to
coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified,
virtualized environment. We routinely post recent news, financial
results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on
our website. For more information, visit www.ciena.com.
Note to Ciena Investors
Forward-looking statements. This press release contains certain
forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and
assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are
based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and
Ciena's actual results could differ materially from those stated or
implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business,
which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q,
which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on
September 5, 2012. Forward-looking statements include statements
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whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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