Profile: Ciena Corp (CIEN.O)
19 Dec 2013
Ciena Corporation (Ciena), incorporated in November 1992, is a provider of communications networking equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation and management of voice, video and data traffic. The Company’s packet-optical transport, packet-optical switching and carrier Ethernet service delivery products are used, individually or as part of an integrated solution, in networks operated by communications service providers, cable operators, governments and enterprises globally. Its communications networking products, through their embedded software and its network management software suites enable network operators to deliver enterprise communication services. The Company operates in four segments: packet-optical transport, packet-optical switching, carrier Ethernet Service delivery, and software and services. Its service provider customers include regional, national and international, wire line and wireless carriers. Its cable operator customers include cable and multiservice operators in the United States and internationally. Its enterprise customers include multi-site commercial organizations, including participants in the financial, healthcare, transportation, utilities and retail industries. Its government customers include federal and state agencies in the United States, as well as government entities outside of the United States. On March 19, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of optical networking and Carrier Ethernet assets of Nortel’s Metro Ethernet Networks business (MEN Business).
The Company’s Packet-Optical Transport portfolio includes transport platforms, such as its ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. Its Packet-Optical Transport platforms include wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) solutions. It offers scalable packet-optical transport platforms, including several chassis sizes and a range of line cards, which can be utilized from the customer premises, where space and power are critical, to the metropolitan/regional core. By automating optical infrastructures, its Packet-Optical Transport products support delivery of a range of consumer-oriented network services, as well as managed service and enterprise applications. Its Packet-Optical Transport family of products focuses on optical transport and includes reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) capability. In addition to its CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform (ActivSpan 4200) and its Corestream Agility Optical Transport System, its Packet-Optical Transport portfolio includes products acquired from the MEN Business, including Optical Multiservice Edge 6500, Optical Multiservice Edge 6110, Optical Metro 5200, Common Photonic Layer, Optical Multiservice Edge 1000 series and Optical Metro 3500. Its Packet-Optical Transport solutions also include legacy synchronous optical network (SONET)/ synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) products and legacy data networking products, as well as enterprise-oriented transport solutions that support storage and local area network (LAN) extension, interconnection of data centers, and virtual private networks.
The Company’s Packet-Optical Switching family of products provides Time-division multiplexing (TDM) switching and packet switching capability. Its principal Packet-Optical Switching product is CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switch. CoreDirector is a multiservice, multi-protocol switching system that consolidates the functionality of add/drop multiplexer, digital cross-connect and packet aggregator, into an intelligent switching system. In addition to its application in core networks, CoreDirector may also be used in metro networks for aggregation and forwarding of multiple services, including Ethernet/TDM Private Line, Triple Play and Internet protocol (IP) services. These multi-terabit optical transport network (OTN) and packet switching systems with integrated transport functionality can be configured to implement a range of network elements, including a scalable optical cross-connect, Carrier Ethernet switch, or a fully converged packet-optical transport and switching system.
Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery
The Company’s Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery products have applications from the edge of metro and core networks to the customer premises. These products allow customers to utilize the automation and capacity created by its Packet-Optical Transport products in core and metro networks and deliver services to consumers and enterprises. Its Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery offering consists of its ActivEdge service delivery switching products, ActivEdge service aggregation platforms and broadband access products for residential services. Its ActivEdge service delivery and aggregation switches provide True Carrier Ethernet, an Ethernet that can support a range of services. These products support the access and aggregation tiers of communications networks, and are deployed in metro and access networks. These products deliver service capabilities, virtual local area networking and switching functions, and carrier-grade operations, administration, and maintenance features. During fiscal year ended October 31, 2010, it introduced higher bandwidth user connections and a range of switching capabilities, such as enterprise locations, backhaul from wireless cell sites, multi-tenant unit buildings and outside plant cabinets. Its product for consumer broadband is CNX-5 Broadband digital subscriber line (DSL) System. This broadband access platform allows service providers to transition legacy voice networks to support services, such as Internet-based IP telephony, video services and DSL.
Unified Software and Service Management Tools
The Company’s Packet-Optical Transport, Packet-Optical Switching and Carrier Ethernet Service Delivery products include a range of embedded operating system software and network management software tools that serve to unify its product portfolio and provide the underlying automation and management features. Its embedded software is a robust, service aware framework that improves network utilization and availability, while delivering enhanced performance monitoring and reliability. It has the Ciena One software suite. This suite is the framework for harmonizing the embedded software and the network management software from the pre-acquisition Ciena portfolio and the MEN portfolio. ON-Center Network & Service Management Suite, its pre-acquisition Ciena integrated network and service management software, is network management and operation across its portfolio. ON-Center can track individual services across multiple product suites.
Consulting and Support Services
The Company offers a range of consulting and support services that help customers design, deploy and operationalize their communications services. It provides these services through its internal resources, as well as through qualified, third party service partners. Its services and support portfolio includes network analysis, planning and design; network optimization and tuning; project management, including staging, site preparation and installation activities; deployment services, including turnkey installation and turn-up and test services, and helpdesk, technical assistance and training, spares and logistics management, equipment repair and replacement, and software maintenance and updates.
The Company competes with Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Nokia Siemens Networks, Tellabs, ADVA and Infinera.
7035 Ridge Road
HANOVER MD 21076