AboveNet Deploys Ciena's CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to Support High-Growth Private Managed Services.
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U.S. market for over-the-counter securities. Established in 1971 by the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), NASDAQ is an automated quotation system that reports on :CIEN CIEN Ciena Corporation (stock symbol) ), the network specialist, today announced that AboveNet, Inc., a leader in fiber optic connectivity solutions, has deployed Ciena's CN 4200[R] FlexSelect([TM]) Advanced Services Platform throughout its metro networks Metro Networks is a broadcasting outsourcing company based in Houston, Texas. It is a subsidiary of Westwood One, which is managed by CBS Radio. The company operates a number of local and regional news and traffic facilities that provide regular reports to affiliates, together with to power a variety of private networks transporting Ethernet, IP and other managed services An umbrella term for third-party monitoring and maintaining of computers, networks and software. The actual equipment may be inhouse or at the third-party's facilities, but the "managed" implies an ongoing effort; for example, making sure the equipment is running at a certain quality . The CN 4200 is a perfect fit for AboveNet's customers that require scalable bandwidth and expanded reach capabilities for key business applications. This is particularly true for large, multinational corporations
Ciena's CN 4200 enables AboveNet to offer private managed services that can be remotely provisioned on-demand to support nearly any transport service, thereby creating a managed service platform that can quickly adapt to changing customer requirements. In addition, Ciena's ON-Center([R]) Network and Service Management Suite offers AboveNet a unique set of tools that enable efficient service deployment and proactive network management, including service monitoring, SLA (1) (StereoLithography Apparatus) See 3D printing.
(2) (Service Level Agreement) A contract between the provider and the user that specifies the level of service expected during its term. verification and other service level management information.
"Customers are demanding comprehensive managed solutions to help solve IT and business challenges. They require not only bandwidth infrastructure, but also security, compliance, management tools and application-focused services," said Bill LaPerch, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of AboveNet. "In order to be successful in the high-growth managed services market, you must have a flexible, service-oriented architecture with rich management tools to address customer demands. That is why we are pleased to have chosen the CN 4200."
The CN 4200 platforms also serve as a direct extension of AboveNet's core optical network that provides high-bandwidth, long-haul service between its metro locations and is based on Ciena's CoreStream([R])Agility Optical Transport System. The combination of CoreStream and CN 4200 platforms enables AboveNet to offer its managed services customers scalable performance, unmatched reliability and detailed service level management on its private optical network from any metro through the core.
"As an example, analyst firm Yankee Group estimates that the worldwide market for managed E-LAN services will grow at a CAGR CAGR
See: Compound Annual Growth Rate of 32 percent between 2006 and 2010. This growth rate illustrates the significant opportunity for AboveNet to increase revenue and strengthen customer relationships through higher-value managed services and improved response to customer requests," said Mike Aquino, senior vice president of worldwide sales at Ciena. "This deployment also showcases the unique operational benefits of the CN 4200 as a platform for powering managed optical transport services. From its FlexiPort technology and point-and-click provisioning to detailed service level management, the CN 4200 can address any customer need today and migrate as needs change over time with minimal touch and usually without new hardware."
Ciena's CN 4200 is a next-generation WDM (1) (Wavelength Division Multiplexing) A technology that uses multiple lasers and transmits several wavelengths of light (lambdas) simultaneously over a single optical fiber. transport and aggregation platform that can be configured on-demand to support any transport protocol--including SONET/SDH, Ethernet/GbE/10GbE, storage (Fibre Channel, FICON (FIber CONnector) An IBM mainframe channel introduced with its G5 servers in 1998. Based on the Fibre Channel standard, it boosts the transfer rate of ESCON's half-duplex 17MB/sec to a full-duplex 100MB/sec. , ESCON (Enterprise Systems CONnection) An IBM S/390 fiber-optic channel that transfers 17 Mbytes/sec over distances up to 60 km depending on connection type. ESCON allows peripheral devices to be located across large campuses and metropolitan areas. ) or video--at any speed, on any available port using the industry's first universal line card with individual user-programmable ports. Powered by FlexSelect OS, Ciena's intelligent control plane technology, and managed through ON-Center, the CN 4200 provides unprecedented levels of network automation, including granular service level management and remote, point-and-click provisioning for adding or dropping services on the network.
Ciena specializes in network transition. We provide the flexible platforms, intelligent software and professional services to build converged networks for enhanced services and applications. With a growing global presence, Ciena leverages its heritage of practical innovation to deliver maximum performance and economic value in communications networks worldwide. For more information, visit www.ciena.com.
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