Cyan Unveils Company and The Cyan Z-Series Family of Packet Optical Transport Platforms

Tue Sep 15, 2009 8:00am EDT

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New Hardware and Software Solutions Deliver Disruptive Capital and Operational
Efficiencies for Scaling Today`s Networks
PETALUMA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Enabling exponential network scale with transformational new management
paradigms, Cyan today formally introduced the company and its Z-SeriesTM of
multi-layer transport platforms and CyMS multi-layer management system with over
20 carrier customers. The Petaluma-based team of industry innovators once again
lead the industry with market-disruptive solutions to help network operators
address the challenge of rapidly scaling services capacity in a budget
constrained era. "Our solutions were purpose-built to help carriers capitalize
on the explosive growth of bandwidth and the fundamental shift to packet
services," says Michael Hatfield, CEO and co-founder of Cyan. "As traffic surges
on relatively flat revenues, operators are challenged to find new ways to
dramatically scale their network capacity with profoundly lower costs. Our
customers have found that the Cyan Z-Series with multi-layer management helps
them solve that challenge." 

"The Cyan Z-Series takes packet optical transport systems to a new level of
multi-layer integration in both hardware and software," stated Michael Howard,
principal analyst of carrier and data center networks at Infonetics Research. "I
especially like the breakthrough innovation of multi-layer management comprising
visualization, planning, provisioning, and control, which will help make service
providers` operations fundamentally more efficient. This is one of the best new
products I`ve seen in years." 

Cyan`s Z-Series of packet optical transport solutions have received strong
market acceptance. To date, Cyan has more than 20 customers ranging from metro
and regional Ethernet service providers, to local and regional broadband
providers, transport providers, cable MSOs and even data center operators.
Initial deployments support applications such as wireless and Internet backhaul,
Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services, IPTV backhaul, SONET/SDH transport,
wavelength transport services, and more. 

Cyan Customers See Immediate Benefits

"We continue to deal with downward pricing pressures and simultaneously
increasing capital needs," said Joaquin Luna, President of US Carrier. "Cyan has
helped us achieve a good balance with those conflicting forces. In addition, our
extensive testing of the Cyan products prior to deployment, demonstrated a level
of reliability that was really unequaled and the level of support has exceeded
our expectations." 

"We`ve been using the Cyan Z77 to provide transport for mission critical
Ethernet backhaul since late 2008," added Joe Jensen, president of Buckeye
Telesystem. "The Z-Series received rave reviews from our engineering group for
its provisioning interface. Candidly, the system has been so stable and reliable
we almost forget that it`s there. The few times we`ve had any questions or
issues, Cyan has exceeded our support expectations. This level of robustness and
support allows us to focus on our primary business - providing services to our

"We`ve known Cyan for quite some time and they have delivered to us a solution
that is a perfect fit for our Regional Carrier space" added Scott Hoffmann,
Executive Director, Wisconsin Independent Network (WIN). "In addition to cost
effective solutions, Cyan offers services for planning and network monitoring
that make the technology adoption as simple as ever. The Cyan team has a proven
track record. We compared their technology to other products on the market and
determined that Cyan is well suited for the growth and types of new services we
envision for our network. Cyan also made the entire experience very smooth and
provided personalized support." 

Check out Cyan`s Customer videos for more customer perspectives. 

Cyan Z-Series Highlights

The Cyan Z-Series includes the Cyan Z33 and Z77 multi-layer transport platforms
that modularly combine packet, TDM and optical add / drop multiplexer,
cross-connect and transport functionality in highly integrated platforms
supporting over 100 Gbps per slot. The Cyan CyMS is the first management system
that provides full multi-layer visibility and business intelligence. The result
is a new generation of packet optical transport solutions that meets the current
and future cost and scalability demands of today`s service provider networks. 

Key features and benefits of the Cyan Z-Series offering:

* Provides economical, massively scalable capacity that snaps into existing
packet, SONET and SDH based networks and incrementally scales with advanced
G.709 OTN (optical transport networks) and optical add / drop multiplexing and
* Extends the role of existing TDM infrastructures by enabling a smooth
transition to Ethernet with a platform that supports a gateway between
* Extends the role of Ethernet to support advanced MEF services with new
connection oriented Ethernet transport standards for superior performance and
* Cost-effectively scales from the network edge to the core for functional and
operational consistency as historic boundaries of the access edge, metro and
core dissolve for a more homogeneous network 
* Simplifies the planning, implementation and management of an increasing number
of network and technology layers with revolutionary new multi-layer management
capabilities to reduce operational expense and improve capital efficiency

Cyan Delivers Cutting-edge Z-Series Multi-layer Transport Platforms

Cyan`s family of multi-layer transport platforms leverages the latest
technologies and development techniques to deliver unprecedented architectural
scale, modularity and multi-layer manageability. The Cyan Z33 and Z77 work in
harmony with CyMS to support a range of packet, TDM and optical service modules
with over 100 Gbps of service capacity per card slot. This capability translates
into hundreds of gigabits to terabits of system capacity and a foundation for
future 40G and 100G service modules. These systems can be cost-effectively
configured as basic 10G Ethernet, SONET or SDH edge aggregation and add/drop
multiplexer systems or modularly scaled when and where needed to enable dense
wave division multiplexing (DWDM) with highly advanced multi-layer packet, TDM
and optical switching, aggregation and multiplexing both within and between
technologies and network layers for application across the network. 

The Cyan Z33 provides six multi-service slots, plus two common control modules
to support multi-layer add / drop multiplexing (MADM) and transport in a compact
chassis. The Z33 is sized and cost optimized for access edge, aggregation and
transit nodes and supports a range of powerful service modules ranging from
non-blocking 80G connection oriented Ethernet switch modules supporting advanced
MEF services, to non-blocking 60G SONET/SDH MSPP modules and high capacity
mux-ponding and transponding modules, all with OTN. As service capacities scale
to exceed the number of available fibers, flexible DWDM modules can combine up
to four, eight or 40 channels of 10G multi-service transports per fiber. 

The Cyan Z77 platform combines the same packet, TDM, OTN, and optical add / drop
multiplexing with multi-layer cross-connect (MXC) switching in a single
cost-effective platform. Designed with an ultra-high capacity mid-plane
architecture, the Cyan Z77 supports the same modules as the Z33 with up to 2.5
Tbps of capacity per chassis. Modularly configurable and scalable, the Z77
supports optional multi-technology switch fabrics supporting a mix of up to 840
Gbps of protected packet service or 720 Gbps of protected SONET/SDH capacity to
meet the requirements of larger aggregation, transit and hub locations. 

The Cyan Z33 and Z77 both support optional advanced optical multiplexing and
switching modules. Both Z-Series platforms can be configured with ultra-low cost
four or eight channel DWDM modules using pluggable (SFP / XFP) optics or 40
channel DWDM modules with wavelength selectable switching (WSS) across two
degrees on the Z33 or up to seven degrees on the Z77 for multi-degree ROADM
applications. The Cyan Z77`s ability to support this functionality with
colorless, non-directional, tunable optics has provided industry leading
operational efficiency for customers since the fall of 2008. 

"The changes in technologies and traffic patterns have profound implications on
the way we architect products and networks," says Steve West, CTO and co-founder
of Cyan. "New technologies and development methodologies enable exponentially
greater capacities at a fraction of the cost of historic solutions. The
resulting economics are simply irrefutable." ( 

Cyan`s CyMS Provides New Levels of Management Functionality

Providing higher levels of visibility and business intelligence, Cyan`s CyMS
multi-layer management system provides carriers with transformational
three-dimensional visualization tools to improve the planning, provisioning,
operational efficiency and effectiveness of networks. 

Cyan`s multi-layer management system and Z-Series platforms have been
architected with optimized multi-layer management as a founding objective. In
fact, the multi-layer management framework was designed in advance of the actual
platforms - allowing the platforms to be architected to optimize multi-layer
manageability. The result is a revolutionary ability to display the
relationships and interdependencies between network technologies and resources
to simplify planning, provisioning and operations across all layers of the


The Cyan Z-Series multi-layer transport platforms and CyMS multi-layer
management system are available now. Contact Cyan at +1 707.735.2300 for quotes
and configuration information. 

About Cyan

Cyan enables service providers to scale, extend and simplify conventional and
packet-based networks for more profitable service offerings. Cyan solutions have
a proven record in a wide range of deployments including Carrier Ethernet (MEF),
wireless backhaul, IPTV, VOD, broadband and wavelength service applications.
Cyan is a Petaluma, California-based team of industry veterans with a track
record of successful innovation in communications networks around the world. For
additional information, please visit 

Frank Wiener, +1 707.280.6280
Engage PR
Jeannette Bitz, +1 510.748.8200 ext. 207

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