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PETALUMA, CA, Dec 10 (Marketwire) -- Cyan today announced that its customer CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has been recognized by the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) for the "Best Carrier Ethernet Business Application" for the education vertical. The award, which was presented at Light Reading's Ethernet Expo in New York, was granted for services CenturyLink developed with Cyan for Monroe City Schools in Monroe, Louisiana. Thanks to CenturyLink's efforts, Monroe City Schools dramatically advanced the student population's learning environment with increased per-school bandwidth, improved reliability, enhanced productivity, and reduced capital and operating expenses. CenturyLink built a carrier Ethernet E-Line network to backhaul voice, video, and data traffic from more than 20 schools to Monroe City Schools' central office in a fully-redundant, logical hub-and-spoke topology over optical fiber rings. Each school was provided with a dedicated Gigabit Ethernet connection using a design based on layer two connection-oriented Ethernet (COE) to ensure deterministic bandwidth and guaranteed service quality with multiple classes of service. This architecture allowed Monroe City Schools to create a consolidated, and highly resilient Ethernet-based LAN and WAN infrastructure for managing all traffic on the network. According to Stuart Keyes, director of CLEC sales at CenturyLink, "This is truly a partnership between Monroe City Schools, CenturyLink, and Cyan. The Cyan solution gives us the ability to cost effectively and precisely satisfy the requirements that Monroe City Schools set forth, and also provides a platform allowing them to more easily scale their network and add more capabilities to build a stronger foundation for the future of education and the community of Monroe." CenturyLink employs the MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) compliant Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) to deliver COE services over optical fiber to the schools throughout Monroe. In order to streamline management and control over the entire network, CenturyLink uses Cyan Blue Planet, a software defined network (SDN) system that allows CenturyLink to customize services using its own or third-party applications. According to Keith Broach, vice president of sales for Cyan, "CenturyLink has demonstrated the willingness and the ability to deliver feature-rich Ethernet services to the market. It has been a pleasure to partner with CenturyLink to address the needs of Monroe City Schools and a number of other customers. The recognition by the MEF is both exciting and well deserved." About Cyan Cyan is global supplier of software-defined networks (SDNs) for service providers, data center operators, and private networks. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software, Z-Series multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, and Cyan PRO comprehensive professional services. With hundreds of deployments around the globe, including some of the largest telecommunication companies in the world, Cyan allows its customers to scale their networks, reduce costs, simplify operations, and accelerate service delivery. For more information, please visit www.cyaninc.com or follow Cyan on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CyanNews. For Cyan inquiries, please contact: Eric Clelland +1 707.338.5836 email@example.com Twitter: @CyanNews Engage PR for Cyan Jeannette Bitz +1 510.748.8200 ext. 207 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright 2012, Marketwire, All rights reserved. -0-