Showing posts with label Cyan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cyan. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Cyan Expands Its Blue Orbit SDN and NFV Ecosystem

Cyan has added a number of new partners to Blue Orbit, its ecosystem of partners focused on delivering applications and infrastructure platforms for multi-vendor SDN and NFV deployments.

Blue Orbit’s new members are:

ADI Engineering – an ODM that delivers next-generation solutions for emerging mega-trends including SDN, NFV, and IoT.  ADI’s NFV-enabled network edge and CPE devices, including its RCC-VE and RCC-DFF platforms, are pre-integrated and validated with Cyan’s Blue Planet platform, and are available for trials and full-scale deployments.
Aria Networks – Aria Networks uses artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver capacity planning, optimization and orchestration that enable even the most complex networks to virtualize
Brocade –  Brocade's suite of SDN and NFV solutions include the Brocade Vyatta vRouter, Vistapointe virtual Network Visibility and Analytics, Brocade Vyatta Controller and the newly acquired SteelApp virtual ADC and Connectem Virtual Core for Mobile offering.
GENBAND – offering a differentiated Virtual Network Functions (VNF) portfolio includes fully virtualized, high-performance communications signaling, control and media management solutions including Session Border Controllers, Applications Servers, WebRTC Gateway, Wireless Access Gateways, Intelligent Messaging and Session Routing solutions. An intelligent VNF Management framework and open APIs enable seamless interworking with other NFV and cloud infrastructure components.
Intel – unified ingredients and platform technologies that aim to deliver business value quickly for enterprise IT, help telco service providers reduce expenses to derive incremental revenue, and optimize the cost of scalable service delivery for private/public cloud environments.
VMware – VMware vCloud for NFV is an integrated network functions virtualization platform that enables communication service providers to deploy virtual network functions on vCloud APIs today, and deploy them into production on OpenStack in the future.
Wind River - software for the Internet of Things, with its technology found in nearly 2 billion devices.

Announced Blue Orbit members and the area of completed or planned integration include:
VNFs: Brocade, Certes, Fortinet, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, PowerDNS
Physical Network Elements:  Accedian, RAD, Overture, Omnitron Systems, Telco Systems
Virtual Infrastructure: ADI Engineering, Aria Networks, Arista, Boundary, Canonical, Intel, Mellanox, Pica8, Ryu, VMware, Wind River

“The ability to run virtual functions on high performance servers and meet the requirements of production networks is extremely important in making NFV a mainstream technology,” said Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer, Cyan. “We are pleased to welcome these new members to the Blue Orbit Ecosystem. Together, we are working to further validate that SDN and NFV can meet the application, scale, and performance requirements that service providers demand.”

http://www.cyaninc.com/


RAD’s joining of Blue Orbit follows the recent completion by Cyan of end-to-end Ethernet services provisioning and "one-click OAM" as well as alarms and topology support for the RAD ETX-2. This integration enables network operators to have visibility and management of RAD platforms through Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Ciena to Acquire Cyan for $335 Million

Ciena agreed to acquire Cyan for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $400 million (or approximately $335 million net of cash).

Cyan, which is based in Petaluma, California, supplies its carrier-grade BluePlanet SDN/NFV software and Z-series packet-optical platform to carriers and large enterprises. Cyan's Blue Planet provides service orchestration, automation, SDN control, and multi-vendor management capabilities. The company claims over 150 deployments by network operators since its introduction in November 2012. The Z-series is a scalable, COTS-based P-OTP family that converges Carrier Ethernet 2.0, DWDM, ROADM, OTN and SONET/SDH for metro and regional networks. It new N-Series Open Hyperscale Transport Platform (OHTP) is designed for large numbers of 100G connections between data centers over campus or metro regional distances.

Cyan was founded in 2006 and has approximately 260 employees worldwide. FY 2014 revenue amounted to $101 million.

Ciena said the acquisition bring orchestration and control software that is vendor-agnostic and best-in-class. Ciena is looking to build an expanded ecosystem of VNF partners. Cyan's metro packet/optical hardware business offers a complementary base of key customers.

“Ciena is transforming networks by applying web-scale technologies for delivering greater efficiency, network automation and agility while driving the industry toward an open ecosystem,” said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena. “The addition of Cyan accelerates the availability of a complete solution for our customers to deliver virtualized networks and services on-demand.”

“Since launching the first Z-Series packet-optical products in 2009, Cyan has introduced the world’s first integrated packet-optical platform, the world’s first deployment ready multi-vendor SDN controller and NFV orchestrator, and the world’s first disaggregated “bright box” optical system. Innovation is core to our business, and our innovation has always been focused on helping customers transform their networks. Joining forces with Ciena, another clear innovator in the networking space, will accelerate this transformation," stated Mark Floyd, chairman and chief executive officer, Cyan.

Cyan also reported that revenue for the first quarter of 2015 grew to $36.0 million, up 89 percent when compared with $19.0 million in the first quarter of 2014 and up 18 percent when compared with $30.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP net loss for the first quarter was $52.9 million, or $1.11 per share, compared to a net loss of $17.8 million, or $0.38 per share, in the same period last year and a net loss of $15.0 million, or $0.32 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

http://www.cyaninc.com/company/news-room/press-releases/2015/cyan-announces-pending-acquisition-by-ciena-releases-first-quarter-2015-financial-results-#.VUeEWfn484l

http://www.ciena.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/Ciena-Announces-Intent-to-Acquire-Cyan.html

  • In March, Cyan confirmed that CenturyLink is preparing to launch NFV-enhanced services to enterprise and small and midsized business (SMB) customers based on Cyan’s Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator. Specifically, CenturyLink will use Cyan’s Blue Planet orchestration for their Programmable Services Backbone (PSB), its platform that for next-generation virtualized services to its customers.  Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator bridges multiple technologies to instantiate virtual network functions (VNF) from multiple vendors. Blue Planet will add these virtual network functions to CenturyLink’s network for quickly providing software-enabled services and ubiquitous service coverage to CenturyLink’s broad set of customers.

    Cyan said its Blue Planet software can instantiate and control virtual functions, coordinate with physical and virtual network resources, and interconnect virtual functions (i.e., vFirewall, vDPI, vEncryption, vRouter, vDNS, etc.) to achieve service chaining. The programmability of the Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator allows carriers like CenturyLink to onboard and define new services through a flexible template-based architecture. The open architecture of Blue Planet’s NFV Orchestrator enables rich, multi-vendor environments within the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI), including support for different cloud management software and physical servers.



  • In June 2014, CenturyLink sponsored an ETSI NFV ISG-approved proof of concept (PoC) solution based on RAD’s dedicated customer-edge D-NFV equipment running Fortinet’s Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Certes Networks’ virtual encryption/decryption engine as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) with Cyan’s Blue Planet system orchestrating the entire ecosystem. The companies said their D-NFV allows the placement of VNFs where they will be both most effective and least expensive, including at the customer edge.  Cyan's Blue Planet can orchestrate both NFV and multi-vendor Ethernet services.
  • In October 2014, Cyan significantly extended the reach of its Blue Planet SDN platform by adding the ability to provision and manage Ethernet services across Cisco ASR a nd Juniper MX routers.

    Blue Planet SDN-based control over Cisco and Juniper equipment is based on access to standards-based interfaces such as CLI and NETCONF/YANG.  New element adapters being introduced this quarter use Link-Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) to auto-discover Cisco network, including all nodes, connections, and the overall physical layer topology.  Platforms supported include the Cisco ASR 901, ASR 903, ASR 9000 and ME 3600 platforms, as well as the Juniper MX960, MX480, and MX2010 platforms. Blue Planet functionality allows customers to automate, manage, inventory, and provision Ethernet services across networks built with these devices.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Cyan Announces Rollouts with Rural Carriers

Cyan announced a series of recent deployments of its Z-Series packet-optical hardware and Blue Planet SDN software with rural and regional carriers across the U.S., including Bloomingdale Communications, Broadband Visions, Palmetto Rural Telephone Company, and Vision Net.

Cyan also confirmed that INDATEL, a group of wholesale carriers throughout rural and metro America, has selected the Z-Series packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) and Blue Planet SDN software for its first-ever 100G deployment. The upgrade to 100G connectivity improves aggregation and scale for the INDATEL carrier members to enable more efficient and cost-effective service delivery.

“Cyan understands the challenges facing regional carriers and rural telephone companies who are competing against larger incumbents to better serve their customers,” said Jeff Parow, vice president of sales at Cyan. “Since our inception, we have focused on helping these customers deliver compelling new service offerings, and build networks that are both highly scalable and cost-efficient. Our ultimate goal has always been to provide these customers with a network infrastructure that allows them to successfully grow their business and we’re proud to see the results.”

http://www.cyaninc.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cyan Posts Q4 Revenues of $30.5 Million

Cyan reported Q4 2014 revenue of $30.5 million, up 14% when compared with $26.6 million for the third quarter of 2014 and up 46% when compared with $20.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter was $15.0 million, or $0.32 per share, compared to a net loss of $11.7 million, or $0.25 per share, in the third quarter of 2014 and a net loss of $13.7 million, or $0.29 per share, in the same period last year.

"We are very pleased with our fourth quarter results as revenue in the fourth quarter well exceeded our expectations and led to a solid close to the year," said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer. "Our strong fourth quarter bookings were driven by demand across our customer base and our expanding footprint within our largest customer. We are seeing good momentum with our Z-Series Packet Optical Platform fostered by 100G metro and regional carrier deployments. Furthermore, commercial interest for our Blue Planet SDN and NFV software platform has accelerated and we are excited about our role as the supplier of choice for critical network transformation technology.”

http://www.cyaninc.com

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cyan Packs 800 Gbps in 1RU for Cloud Data Center Interconnect

Cyan unveiled its N-Series Open Hyperscale Transport Platform (OHTP), a new family of high-density, high-capacity transport products designed for the rapidly growing need of cloud and providers to deploy large numbers of 100G connections between data centers over campus or metro regional distances.

Cyan is using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) silicon and photonic components combined with an open, carrier-grade Linux network operating system in a modular shelf.  The company says this approach will appeal to data center operators who need an easy-to-deploy platform supporting many 100Gs in limited rack space. Unlike traditional optical transport solutions that are vertically integrated, the modular and COTS-based N-Series architecture will enable the platform to fully leverage advances in best-in-breed optical networking technologies and standards as they emerge to
further increase performance and reduce costs. Cyan expects the market for 100G components will gain momentum. The slim form factor enables a "rack and stack" for scaling data center interconnect (DCI) capacity.

The carrier-grade Linux network operating system (NOS), called Cyan Linux, can leverage Linux applications and facilitate rapid integration of third party applications. Cyan believes cloud and content companies will find this familiar to managing their compute resources.

The first member of Cyan's N-Series family is the modular N11, which packs 800 Gbps of total line and client capacity in one rack unit (1RU), or up to 34 Tbps in a seven-foot rack. The N11 is focused on transponding and 100G client interfaces and also supports selectable 200G coherent line interfaces. It can also be paired with Cyan’s Z-Series 96-channel ROADM to drive up to 19.2Tbps on a single fiber and enables Cyan's SDN capabilities.

“Cloud services, video, Big Data and social media are all contributing to a massive surge in data center and cloud traffic,” said Mike Hatfield, president, Cyan. “The N-Series’ COTS-based and modular architecture addresses this need and will significantly reduce the cost of high-capacity optical transport when compared to traditional approaches while eliminating the vendor lock-in and complexity typically associated with proprietary, vertically integrated solutions. The N-Series will further expand Cyan’s addressable market within the cloud and content space and will fully interoperate with our Z-Series packet-optical platforms, which are optimized for metro and regional services and transport.”

http://www.cyaninc.com

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Cyan Raises Q4 Revenue Range

Cyan released new financial guidance, saying it now expects fourth quarter 2014 revenue to be between $30 million and $31 million, exceeding the company’s prior guidance of $24 million to $26 million.

“Fourth quarter revenue outpaced our initial expectations due to strong demand for our Z-Series packet-optical hardware for both metro and regional 100G and packet applications,” said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We continue to believe that in the first half of 2015 we will convert some of our SDN and NFV trials into wins. Between the growing traction for our Z-Series hardware and the accelerating commercial interest we are seeing for our SDN and NFV software, we are excited about our role as the supplier of choice for critical network transformation technology. We look forward to sharing more details when we announce our full fourth quarter and 2014 results.”

http://www.cyaninc.com

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Windstream Deploys Cyan for 100G Metro Upgrade

Windstream has selected Cyan to help upgrade its regional and metro networks to 100G utilizing Cyan’s Z-Series packet-optical hardware. Initial deployments of this new infrastructure are underway with the introduction of a new packet-based 100GbE network across major Windstream markets.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Cyan said its Z-Series Packet Optical Platforms have been an important part of Windstream’s network architecture for many years, initially serving wireless backhaul and consumer broadband applications,  The Z-Series will now support a wide-breadth of high-performance applications across Windstream’s footprint.

“Windstream is clearly taking the lead in evolving their regional and metro networks to 100G and we’re proud to support them in this transformation. This evolution was discussed early in our relationship with Windstream and it’s exciting to see it now coming to fruition,” said Mike Hatfield, President, Cyan.

http://www.cyaninc.com

Monday, December 15, 2014

Carrier Network Virtualization Outlook - Cyan's Recep Ozdag Responds

Which elements of carrier networks should be virtualized first?

Recep Ozdag, Director of Marketing at Cyan, gives his one-minute take.

http://youtu.be/lrtKYJwHh3U

 


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Japan's KVH Deploys Cyan for Packet-Optical Transport

KVH has deployed Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform and Blue Planet SDN software to enable its new high-capacity backhaul network in Japan.

Cyan said its Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform provides KVH with integrated support for 100G coherent optical transponding and muxponding, scale up to 96-channels, and multi-degree ROADM for transporting up to 10 Tbps on a single fiber. Blue Planet, together with the Z-Series, delivers multi-layer capacity scalability, multi-vendor software control, service automation and orchestration for KVH’s backhaul service.

KVH is offering Nx100Ga connectivity from the major submarine landing stations in Japan, Chikura and Toyohashi, to central Tokyo and Osaka. KVH’s new backhaul service targets global service providers, Internet content providers, and carriers with network capacity requirements to connect their sub-sea capacity to these key metropolitan cities.

These two cable landing stations connect to KVH’s Points of Presence for the KVH DCNet service. This allows customers to expand their network capacity from these two cable landing stations to 60 plus data centers and more than 120 points of presence in the greater metropolitan areas of Tokyo and Osaka. Launched in June 2014, DCNet is a data center network service that connects more than 100 industry leading data centers in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States.

“Cloud services, content delivery, wholesales services and more are driving big bandwidth growth and new service offerings across the APAC region. KVH is ensuring we can capitalize on this trend by expanding our backhaul network beyond 10 Tbps for 100G services with Cyan. Ultimately, this will help us differentiate ourselves in the market and become the leading solution for dedicated connectivity in Japan’s main metropolitan areas,” said Gint Atkinson, vice president of network strategy and architecture, KVH.

http://www.cyaninc.com


  • In September, Cyan announced a series of new features to its Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport (P-OTP) and Blue Planet SDN platforms, including support for MPLS-TP, support for additional Carrier Ethernet 2.0+ capabilities, hitless software upgrades, traffic policing and shaping, and support for a new 100G DWDM coherent CFP.
    Some highlights of the enhancements:


  • 8-degree, 96 channel ROADM – Cyan is adding to the existing family of single-slot 2- and 4-degree ROADM modules to support more flexible topologies and high-density 10G, 100G, and future 400G applications.
  • Integrated amplifier modules – Cyan is introducing a new family of integrated Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifier (EDFA) modules, which provide extended optical reach for metro, regional, and long-haul applications.
  • Four new APIs for SDN-powered packet-optical infrastructure: Optical Services, SNMP Trap Forwarding, Physical and Logical Inventory, and Site Manager API.
  • Support for MPLS-TP - over the coming months, Cyan will roll out new MPLS-TP capabilities for the Z-Series PSW modules that will ensure highly reliable and predictable delivery of Ethernet services between metros and across an MPLS core. When coupled with Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform, MPLS-TP capabilities will enable resilient and scalable packet transport along with advanced end-to-end control, multi-vendor management, and service orchestration. Cyan also will ensure interoperability between existing PBB-TE networks and new MPLS-TP deployments.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cyan Blue Planet SDN Discovers and Provisions Cisco and Juniper Nodes

Cyan significantly extended the reach of its Blue Planet SDN platform by adding the ability to provision and manage Ethernet services across Cisco ASR a
nd Juniper MX routers.

Blue Planet SDN-based control over Cisco and Juniper equipment is based on access to standards-based interfaces such as CLI and NETCONF/YANG.  New element adapters being introduced this quarter use Link-Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) to auto-discover Cisco network, including all nodes, connections, and the overall physical layer topology.  Platforms supported include the Cisco ASR 901, ASR 903, ASR 9000 and ME 3600 platforms, as well as the Juniper MX960, MX480, and MX2010 platforms. Blue Planet functionality allows customers to automate, manage, inventory, and provision Ethernet services across networks built with these devices.

Cyan also features a multilayer, 3D visualization tool that allows users to see relationships between service layers (fiber, DWDM, OTN, Ethernet, IP). After a service is provisioned across the network, Cyan's Trail-Analyzer can be used to see the circuit’s path through different nodes and layers.

“Customers are looking for us to integrate and orchestrate Cisco and Juniper based on their perspective that the element management systems and SDN tools available today for these devices are not capable of providing the multi-vendor service automation, management, and abstraction that Blue Planet delivers,” said Michael Hatfield, president, Cyan. “This is required for the network transformation our customers are rapidly embracing.”

http://www.cyaninc.com/

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cyan Extends its Packet-Optical + SDN with MPLS-TP

Cyan announced a series of new features to its Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport (P-OTP) and Blue Planet SDN platforms, including support for MPLS-TP, support for additional Carrier Ethernet 2.0+ capabilities, hitless software upgrades, traffic policing and shaping, and support for a new 100G DWDM coherent CFP.

Some highlights of the enhancements:

  • 8-degree, 96 channel ROADM – Cyan is adding to the existing family of single-slot 2- and 4-degree ROADM modules to support more flexible topologies and high-density 10G, 100G, and future 400G applications.
  • Integrated amplifier modules – Cyan is introducing a new family of integrated Erbium Doped Fibre Amplifier (EDFA) modules, which provide extended optical reach for metro, regional, and long-haul applications.
  • Four new APIs for SDN-powered packet-optical infrastructure: Optical Services, SNMP Trap Forwarding, Physical and Logical Inventory, and Site Manager API.
  • Support for MPLS-TP - over the coming months, Cyan will roll out new MPLS-TP capabilities for the Z-Series PSW modules that will ensure highly reliable and predictable delivery of Ethernet services between metros and across an MPLS core. When coupled with Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform, MPLS-TP capabilities will enable resilient and scalable packet transport along with advanced end-to-end control, multi-vendor management, and service orchestration. Cyan also will ensure interoperability between existing PBB-TE networks and new MPLS-TP deployments.

“Over the years, Cyan has been associated with many industry firsts; we brought to market the first family of purpose-built packet-optical transport platforms and the first SDN and NFV orchestration platform optimized for network operators and the WAN,” said Mark Floyd, CEO, Cyan. “With today’s enhancements, we have further enriched our offerings and solidified our position as the network transformation leader.”

http://www.cyaninc.com

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Cyan Posts Q2 Revenue of $24 Million

Cyan reported Q2 revenue of $24.4 million, exceeding its previously issued financial guidance.  The result compares with $19.0 million for the first quarter of 2014 and $31.7 million in the second quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss for the second quarter was $14.7 million, or $0.31 per share, compared to a net loss of $17.8 million, or $0.38 per share, in the first quarter of 2014 and $9.1 million, or $0.33 per share, in the same period last year.

“In the second quarter we remained focused on our key initiatives, announced several new customer and partner collaborations and launched Planet Orchestrate, a significant new addition to our Blue Planet SDN and NFV platform,” said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are pleased with our execution this quarter and with the momentum we see in the market.

http://www.cyaninc.com

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cyan Intros Planet Orchestrate Application for Cloud and NFV Services

Cyan introduced its Planet Orchestrate, a multi-vendor and multi-domain, NFV and Cloud orchestration application for its Blue Planet SDN platform. The application combines the power of WAN service creation and automation with the orchestration of virtual resources.  The goal is to help network operators quickly introduce, automate, and operationalize new virtualized services between data centers, on top of existing network services, and across the WAN.

Specifically, Planet Orchestrate provides multi-domain orchestration, cloud services orchestration, and NFV orchestration (based on the ETSI NFV ISG Management and Orchestration framework). This new Blue Planet application utilizes open APIs to ensure interoperability with different OSS/BSS platforms, cloud management systems, SDN controllers, and virtualized network function (VNF) managers.

Cyan highlighted the following key features:

  • Multi-Domain Service Orchestration: Planet Orchestrate enables seamless service delivery across multiple domains. It can leverage existing SDN controllers (e.g., Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform, OpenDaylight, etc.) and management platforms (e.g. cloud managers, network managers, element managers) to deploy end-to-end services. Through a single “pane-of-glass”, Planet Orchestrate can help break down management silos and enables network operators to provision and manage services across networks comprised of both legacy and new SDN/NFV-enabled components. Multi-Domain Service Orchestration supports service-chaining between VNFs and physical network functions (PNFs) to allow operators to efficiently deploy services across networks. PoCs and trials are currently underway.  Commercial release is expected in Q3.
  • NFV Orchestration: Planet Orchestrate is designed to fulfill the roles of the orchestrator and VNF manager functionality described in the ETSI NFV ISG architecture. Planet Orchestrate NFV orchestration is both VNF vendor and function neutral, providing a platform for operators to deploy and manage a variety of VNFs at varying degrees of scale and performance. Planet Orchestrate supports VNF management and orchestration across one or more data centers, as well as distributed architectures where VNFs may be deployed at the customer premise edge. Furthermore, the NFV orchestration engine supports intelligent VNF placement to maximize performance within a virtualized infrastructure. PoCs and trials are currently underway.  Commercial release is expected in Q3.
  • Cloud Orchestration: Planet Orchestrate enables network operators to offer flexible data center service offerings, such as IaaS, PaaS, etc. and coordinate that across a wide area network. Operators will be able to offer their customers the ability to dynamically instantiate new cloud resources, such as virtual machines, new tenant networks, and storage, on-demand through an enterprise portal with the ability to control network (bandwidth-on-demand) and virtual (VM) resource allocation. PoCs and trials are currently underway.  Commercial release is expected in Q4. 
“Planet Orchestrate combines the capabilities of a WAN service automation and network management system with an SDN controller and orchestrator to enable network operators to deliver new services, on both physical and virtual infrastructure, more quickly and at a lower cost,” said Michael Hatfield, President, Cyan. “Developed in collaboration with network operators and other industry-leading Blue Orbit partners, Planet Orchestrate is ahead of the market and has already proven its viability and interoperability via multiple real-world trials and proof-of-concept demonstrations.”

Cyan also noted that its Blue Planet platform is currently deployed and providing SDN control and service automation in over 120 networks today.

http://www.cyaninc.com

Earlier this month, Cyan announced that CenturyLink is sponsoring an ETSI NFV ISG-approved proof of concept (PoC) solution based on RAD’s dedicated customer-edge D-NFV equipment running Fortinet’s Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Certes Networks’ virtual encryption/decryption engine as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) with Cyan’s Blue Planet system orchestrating the entire ecosystem.

The companies said their D-NFV allows the placement of VNFs where they will be both most effective and least expensive, including at the customer edge. The model enables service providers to quickly and easily roll out new services and implement advanced capabilities without having to put capital expenditures upfront into the data center or redesign the network.

Cyan's Blue Planet can orchestrate both NFV and multi-vendor Ethernet services.

VNFs at the customer edge are implemented with RAD’s ETX-2, a D-NFV empowered NID, the cornerstone of RAD’s Service Assured Access solution. RAD's solution integrates an x86 server platform to host value-added service capabilities, as well as network functionalities that run on virtual machines. 

Fortinet and Certes Networks provide VNFs that are instantiated on RAD’s ETX-2 by Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform. Fortinet’s FortiGate-VM enforces next-generation firewall security functions that provide network and application layer protection. Real-time security updates are pushed to the FortiGate-VM by FortiGuard subscription services to ensure it is aware of and enforcing protection from the latest security threats. FortiGate-VM is managed by Fortinet’s FortiManager-VM and FortiAnalyzer-VM, which provide centralized configuration, control and security analytics.

The virtual Certes Enforcement Point (vCEP) is a virtual encryption solution that secures data in motion over any public or private network. vCEPs can be dynamically provisioned to create Certes’ CryptoFlow VPNs, fully meshed multi-point VPNs safeguarding data in physical, virtual and Cloud environments. CryptoFlows protect critical data for any application with automatically enforced policies and simplified control of encryption keys.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CenturyLink Sponsors Distributed NFV Proof-of-Concept

CenturyLink is sponsoring an ETSI NFV ISG-approved proof of concept (PoC) solution based on RAD’s dedicated customer-edge D-NFV equipment running Fortinet’s Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Certes Networks’ virtual encryption/decryption engine as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) with Cyan’s Blue Planet system orchestrating the entire ecosystem.

The companies said their D-NFV allows the placement of VNFs where they will be both most effective and least expensive, including at the customer edge. The model enables service providers to quickly and easily roll out new services and implement advanced capabilities without having to put capital expenditures upfront into the data center or redesign the network.

Cyan's Blue Planet can orchestrate both NFV and multi-vendor Ethernet services.

VNFs at the customer edge are implemented with RAD’s ETX-2, a D-NFV empowered NID, the cornerstone of RAD’s Service Assured Access solution. RAD's solution integrates an x86 server platform to host value-added service capabilities, as well as network functionalities that run on virtual machines.

Fortinet and Certes Networks provide VNFs that are instantiated on RAD’s ETX-2 by Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform. Fortinet’s FortiGate-VM enforces next-generation firewall security functions that provide network and application layer protection. Real-time security updates are pushed to the FortiGate-VM by FortiGuard subscription services to ensure it is aware of and enforcing protection from the latest security threats. FortiGate-VM is managed by Fortinet’s FortiManager-VM and FortiAnalyzer-VM, which provide centralized configuration, control and security analytics.

The virtual Certes Enforcement Point (vCEP) is a virtual encryption solution that secures data in motion over any public or private network. vCEPs can be dynamically provisioned to create Certes’ CryptoFlow VPNs, fully meshed multi-point VPNs safeguarding data in physical, virtual and Cloud environments. CryptoFlows protect critical data for any application with automatically enforced policies and simplified control of encryption keys.

The solution will be demoed next week at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in Chicago (June 17-18, 2014)

 “The Distributed NFV concept supports CenturyLink’s managed services strategy by providing a platform for developing unique NFV-enhanced network services and bringing desired functionality directly to the customer premises,” said James Feger, Vice President of Network Strategy and Development at CenturyLink.

http://www.cyaninc.com
http://www.rad.com
http://www.fortinet.com
http://www.certesnetworks.com

Monday, June 2, 2014

NANOG 61 Tests 100G Provisioning with NTT Com, Cisco and Cyan

NTT Communications, Cisco and Cyan are collaborating and partnering with others to provide 100G IP connectivity to NANOG 61, an event taking place this week near Seattle and organized by the North American Network Operators Group (NANOG).

The 100G network connects the NANOG 61 venue (the Hyatt Regency Bellevue) to NTT Com’s Point of Presence (PoP) at the Westin Building in Seattle, the region’s largest data center and network interconnection hub. The 100G connection is enabled by Cisco ASR 9900 and 9904 routers and powered by Cisco’s IOS XR Network Operating System, as well as Cyan’s Z-Series packet-optical hardware in combination with Cyan’s Blue Planet platform. Cyan’s hardware and software solution and Cisco routers seamlessly integrate with NTT Com’s backbone and automated provisioning of 10G and 100G connections on NTT Com’s Software-defined Networking (SDN) platform.

“NTT Com is proud to be the connectivity provider of NANOG 61 and bring 100G IP connectivity to all NANOG 61 attendees,” says Michael Wheeler, Executive Vice President of NTT Communications’ Global IP Network at NTT America. “With fiber directly connected to our Seattle PoP, this ultra-high speed network is a milestone in NANOG’s 20-year history and will ensure that all attendees benefit from a fast, high-quality network experience.”

Cyan said the 100G deployment for NANOG represents yet another step in a multi-year collaboration with NTT Com focused on software-based network services automation, including the development of an open Application Programming Interface (API) designed to drive the rapid provisioning of Optical Wave Services (OWS). This joint development allows NTT Com’s existing Operations Support Systems (OSS) provisioning tools to interact with Cyan’s Blue Planet, ensuring the rapid and automated provisioning of 10 Gbps wavelengths across NTT Com’s Global IP Network.

“Cyan is happy to collaborate with other leading technology companies and provide NANOG attendees with best-in-class network connectivity,” says Michael Hatfield, President, Cyan. “This 100G demonstration and joint development with NTT Com highlights how Cyan’s technology can deliver unparalleled performance, scale and flexibility to customers seeking to transform and simplify their networks.”

http://thenetwork.cisco.com
http://www.cyaninc.com
http://www.nanog.org

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Deploys Cyan's Blue Planet SDN

Mid-Atlantic Broadband Communities Corporation (MBC), a wholesale fiber-optic open-access network transport provider, selected Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN software along with Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Platforms for its regional metro network in southern Virginia.

MBC deployed Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Platforms to provide optical scale and Ethernet services across their network. In addition, MBC deployed Blue Planet, an open SDN orchestration platform that enables network operators to simplify, manage and orchestrate multi-vendor networks to achieve end-to-end network control, service automation, and service agility. With Blue Planet, MBC can orchestrate multiple layers across the backhaul link to guarantee predictable packet services performance, high availability, and low latency. Among the first to fully comply with the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) initiative, Cyan also will help MBC execute on future-looking plans to deliver new metro Ethernet services to customers in the coming years.

MBC is a non-profit organization that operates an open-access wholesale transport network that enables businesses to work with the communication provider of their choice to secure diverse network access. By delivering reliable high-speed broadband access across underserved communities, MBC enables local businesses across Southern Virginia to increase revenue and grow jobs.

http://www.mbc-va.com.
http://www.cyaninc.com

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cyan Posts Q1 Sales of $19 Million

Cyan reported Q1 2014 revenue of $19.0 million compared with $26.3 million in the first quarter of 2013 and $20.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss for the first quarter was $17.8 million, or $0.38 per share, compared with a net loss of $9.4 million, or $3.61 per share, in the same period last year, and a net loss of $13.7 million, or $0.29 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.

“In 2014 we are seeing industry momentum accelerate as servicer providers are announcing initiatives to transform their networks with SDN and NFV technologies,” said Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We believe Cyan is well positioned in the market and has a unique, first mover advantage in helping customers to orchestrate both network and virtualized resources across multi-domain, multi-vendor networks.”

http://www.cyaninc.com/company/news-room/press-releases/2014/cyan-reports-first-quarter-2014-financial-results

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cyan Replaces CFO

Cyan announced the appointment of Jeff Ross as its new chief financial officer (CFO), effective immediately, following the resignation of Mike Zellner for personal reasons.

Ross most recently served as chief financial officer of Velti, a provider of mobile marketing and advertising technology and solutions. Previously Ross served as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Sybase from 2007 to 2012, which was acquired by SAP in July 2010 when global revenue was above $1.1 billion. Prior to this, he was the chief accounting officer and corporate controller at Sybase.

Cyan also announced that it currently expects its first quarter 2014 revenue to be at or above the high end of its previously stated guidance. First quarter 2014 revenue guidance was provided on February 11, 2014, and included expectations that revenue would be between the range of $16 million and $18 million.

http://www.cyaninc.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Cyan Boosts its Packet-Optical for Scale and Network Programmability

Cyan is rolling out a number of major enhancements aimed at delivering scalablity and further network programabbility to both its Z-Series Packet-Optical hardware and Blue Planet SDN Platform.

Upgrades for  the Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform (P-OTP) include the following modules:

  • A 10-port 10G to 100G muxponder module – that complements Cyan’s single-slot 100G coherent transponder by aggregating packet and non-packet wavelength services
  • A 100 GbE packet switching module – that further extends Cyan’s Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) solution with line-rate 100 GbE switching and transport
  • Two multi-degree ROADM modules – that significantly increase fiber capacity and efficiency in metro core and regional networks with support for up to 96 100G wavelengths on a single fiber

Cyan is enhancing its Blue Planet SDN and NFV Orchestration Platform with multi-vendor Service Automation capabilities.  These enable carriers to simplify, manage and orchestrate multi-vendor networks to achieve end-to-end network control, service automation and service agility. Specifically, new Blue Planet features include the addition of A-to-Z provisioning of Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services in multi-vendor networks, a “cut-in” and “cut-out” feature that provides for non-disruptive activation of third-party devices on live networks, and new element adaptors for provisioning Accedian (MetroNID GT, GT-S, LT-S) and RAD (ETX-204A) devices.

Cyan has also released its first open application programming interface (API). The MEF CE 2.0 API is being utilized by multiple customers to automate the provisioning of standards-based MEF E-Line, E-LAN, and E-Access services across multi-vendor networks. This reduces provisioning errors and service turn-up times for network operators.

“Packet-optical scale and service orchestration are key topics as network operators simplify and automate their operations to reduce costs and revitalize their business models. In addition, the launch of our API strategy is critical for customers who want to unite existing operational and support systems with Blue Planet to automate service delivery. All of these enhancements are designed to ensure Cyan can help network operators deploy scalable and automated networks that can respond to today’s on-demand world,” stated Mark Floyd, chief executive officer, Cyan.

http://www.cyaninc.com

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cyan Posts Q4 Sales of $21 Million, Citing Cautious Customer Ordering

Cyan reported Q4 revenue of $20.9 million compared with $29.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 and $37.7 million for the third quarter of 2013. GAAP net loss for the fourth quarter was $13.7 million, or $0.29 per share, compared with a net loss of $8.0 million, or $3.13 per share, in the same period last year, and a net loss of $8.6 million, or $0.19 per share, for the third quarter of 2013.

“Our fourth quarter results were impacted by cautious customer order patterns and a significantly greater than expected decline in revenue from our largest customer. However, we achieved a number of milestones in the fourth quarter that demonstrate the continued adoption of our Z-Series packet-optical and Blue Planet SDN and NFV platforms, including delivering the first software controlled and fully automated carrier SDN network in a multi-vendor network to a leading carrier in Europe,” stated Mark Floyd, Cyan’s chairman and chief executive officer.


See also