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Profile: Ciena Corp (CIEN.N)

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Ciena Corporation, incorporated on November 2, 1992, is a network strategy and technology company, which provides solutions that enable a range of network operators to adopt communication architectures and to deliver an array of services, relied upon by enterprise and consumer end users. The Company provides equipment, software and services that support the transport, switching, aggregation, service delivery and management of voice, video and data traffic on communications networks. The Company operates in three segments: Networking Platforms; Software and Software-Related Services, and Global Services.

The Company's Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking and Optical Transport products are used by communications service providers, cable and multiservice operators, Web-scale providers, submarine network operators, governments, enterprises, research and education (R&E) institutions and other network operators. The Company also offers network management and control software platforms designed to manage the creation, automation and delivery of services across multi-vendor and multi-domain network environments. The Company's software solutions are oriented around its modular Blue Planet software platform for multi-domain service orchestration, network function virtualization and network management and control. The Company also offers a range of transformation and automation services that help its customers design, optimize, integrate, deploy, manage and maintain their networks.

Networking Platforms

The Company's Networking Platforms segment consists of its Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking and Optical Transport product portfolios. The Company's Converged Packet Optical portfolio includes a range of hardware networking solutions optimized for the convergence of coherent optical transport, optical transport network (OTN) switching and packet switching. Using the Company's optical transport technology, its 6500 Packet-Optical Platform provides a dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) solution that adds capacity to core, regional, metro and submarine networks. The Company's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform provides 10G, 40G, and 100G coherent and control plane for scale and service differentiation, and it utilizes hybrid OTN and packet switching technologies for use of network resources, minimizing amplifiers, regenerators and dispersion compensation devices. The Company's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform also includes certain integrated switching elements, addressing market demand for converged network features, functions and layers to drive more network infrastructures. The Company's 6500 Packet-Optical Platform, which includes several chassis sizes and a set of line cards optimized for individual services or applications, can be used throughout the network, from customer premises to metropolitan networks, to the regional core, where the need for high capacity and carrier-class performance is essential.

The Company's Waveserver product is a stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform that allows network operators, including Web-scale providers and data center operators, to scale bandwidth and to support high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. The Company's Waveserver is a specialized platform, purpose-built for connecting data centers within a single metro area, which combines its coherent chipset with an operations model optimized for the capacity, speed, space and power requirements of data center environments. The Company's Waveserver is designed to leverage the data server user experience, with open application programming interfaces (APIs) and server-like deployment, provisioning and programmability via smart devices.

The Company's Converged Packet Optical portfolio also includes products that provide packet switching facility to allocate network capacity and to enable service delivery. The Company's 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System includes a family of multi-terabit reconfigurable switching systems that utilize mesh networking to provide resiliency, and it features an integrated optical control plane to automate the provisioning and bandwidth control of high-capacity services. The Company's CoreDirector Multiservice Optical Switch and 5430 Reconfigurable Switching System offer multiservice, multi-protocol switching systems that consolidate the functionality of an add/drop multiplexer, digital cross-connect and packet switch into a single intelligent switching system. These products address both core and metro segments of communications networks and support key managed services, including Ethernet/Time-division multiplexing (TDM) Private Line and Internet protocol (IP) services. The Company's Converged Packet Optical solutions also include its family of Z-Series high-capacity, multi-layer switching and transport platforms. The Company's Z-Series family is used in regional and metro networks and is designed to support a range of use cases, including traffic aggregation at the network edge and switching optimized for handoff at the network core.

The Company's Packet Networking products allow customers to manage the deployment and delivery of various services to consumer and enterprise end users. The Company's Packet Networking portfolio includes its 8700 Packetwave platform, a multi-terabit packet switching platform for high-density metro networks and inter-data center area networks. The Company's Optical Transport products include stand-alone wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM) and Synchronous Optical Networking (SONET)/ Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH)-based optical transport solutions that add capacity to core, regional, metro and submarine networks and enable transport of voice, video and data traffic at high transmission speeds. The Company's Optical Transport products also include 4200 Advanced Services Platform, Corestream Agility Optical Transport System, 5100/5200 Advanced Services Platform, Common Photonic Layer (CPL) and 6100 Multiservice Optical Platform.

Software and Software-Related Services

The Company's software business is engaged in the development and licensing of element and network management software and software-related services that support its hardware offerings. The Company's Blue Planet software platform is a modular, network virtualization, service orchestration and network management software platform that manages the creation, automation and delivery of services across multi-vendor and multi-domain network environments. The Company's Blue Planet utilizes a container-based, micro-services software architecture that supports the use of Wide Area Network (WAN) Automation; Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO); Network function virtualization (NFV) orchestration (NFVO); Software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) Service Orchestration, and Element and Network Management Solutions and Software.

The Company's WAN automation solution enables network operators to visualize and control these disparate network elements through a unified solution that incorporates open application programming interfaces (APIs) and resource adapters to control a range of third-party network elements. The Company's network infrastructures consist of multiple technology layers and domains, such as the data center, cloud, metro, access and core networks and it is often complex for network operators to offer services end-to-end in this environment. The Company's Blue Planet enables service orchestration across multiple network (physical and virtual) domains and multiple hardware and software vendors. The Company's Blue Planet integrates with third-party Software-Defined Networking (SDN) controllers, element and network management systems, and orchestration platforms.

The Company's Blue Planet provides network operators with carrier-grade, NFV management and orchestration capabilities for instantiating and managing virtualized network functions and data center resources. The Company's Blue Planet uses an open, vendor-agnostic approach that allows network operators to select and scale those virtual network functions (VNFs) they wish to offer to their end customers. The Company's SD-WAN service orchestration overlay technology allows service providers and enterprises to create secure virtual connections between branch offices and cloud or corporate data centers. The Company's SD-WANs run public Internet, leveraging available broadband access links provided by physical or virtual customer premises equipment (CPE). The Company's software portfolio also includes Navigate path computation engine and network-level software applications that enable WAN services over an open network ecosystem. The Company's Blue Planet Virtual Wide Area Network (V-WAN) application provides service providers the tools to offer enterprise, content and cloud services to end users in an automated and self-service oriented manner. The Company also offers network-level software applications, including Protect and Optimize that enable network operators to allow for network restoration and to monetize cloud-based services.

The Company's software offerings also include its OneControl Unified Management System used by network operators in connection with its networking platforms. This integrated network and service management solution supports its Converged Packet Optical, Packet Networking and Optical Transport product lines from a single platform. The Company's OneControl offers end-to-end service creation, activation and assurance to enable deployment of wavelength, OTN and packet services. The Company's OneControl also provides visualization of fault and performance information for network health status and it enables management functions, including network inventory, network element configuration backup, network element software delivery and security administration.

The Company's element and network management software offering also includes various software solutions that support its installed base of network solutions. These include ON-Center Network & Service Management Suite, which provides network and service management for its installed base of 4200 Advanced Services Platform and Corestream products; Optical Suite Release, which provides network and service management for its installed base of traditional SONET/SDH transport Optical Transport products; Ethernet Services Manager, which provides network and service management for its installed base of Packet Networking products, and Planet Operate, which provides network and service management for its installed base of Z-Series products acquired from Cyan. The Company's software suite also includes Ciena OnePlanner, a suite of planning tools for multi-layer network design. The Company's OnePlanner correlates data from various network layers, allowing the network planner to see the association between services, facilities and equipment. The Company's software-related services include software subscription services, consulting, network migration and integration, installation and upgrade support services and technical support relating to its software offerings.

Global Services

The Company offers a suite of consulting and support services that help its customers to design, optimize, deploy, integrate, manage and maintain their communications networks. The Company's services and support portfolio includes offerings, including deployment services, which include turn-key installation and turn-up and test services; maintenance and support services, which include helpdesk and technical support assistance; spares and logistics management; engineering dispatch and on-site professional services, and equipment repair and replacement; network management and monitoring through network operations center (NOC) services, and project management services, which include staging, site preparation and installation support activities.

The Company competes with Cisco, Fujitsu, Huawei, Juniper Networks, Nokia, ZTE, ADVA, Coriant, ECI and Infinera.

Company Address

Ciena Corp

7035 Ridge Rd
HANOVER   MD   21076-1426
P: +1410.8658500
F: +1410.6945750

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