A quick look at some vendor news lately, with items from ADVA, Cisco, and Juniper:
Adva Optical Networking (ETR:ADV, news) won a research and education network deal in Eastern Europe this morning. Poland's PIONIER is using its gear to bring ROADM technology to its 6,500 km. PIONIER serves five supercomputing centers in Poland and 21 academic MANs as well as about a thousand other institutions nationwide. The NRENs have been doing a lot of nextgen network buying lately.
Also in Eastern Europe, GTS Central Europe furthered its network upgrades with a big move on the core. They'll be using Cisco's Elastic Core with 100Gbps IPoDWDM on its CRS routing platform to power their nextgen IP network. They're in the midst of an equipment overhaul at GTS CE it seems. A few weeks back they announced a deal with Overture for the access end of their network, using EoC to get closer to the customer.
And Juniper has had a flurry of news, good and bad. On the good side, they unveiled new software and hardware for their MX series 3D edge router that can add up to 69% faster service delivery. And on Friday they announced that China's Qihoo 360 Technology Co has built a data center based on their full QFabric architecture. On the bad side, however, Juniper also acknowledged layoffs of 500 people, or 5% of the company's headcount. Yuck.