Several interesting items from the vendors to look at in the first half of this week:
Ciena has polished off its acquisition of smaller rival Cyan. Ciena is rolling the software efforts of the combined company into a new Blue Planet division, which will be the home for the SDN and NFV activities of the combined company and will be led by former Cyan president Mike Hatfield. Cyan’s metro packet-optical gear and its customer base will be folded into Ciena’s overall business.
Meanwhile, ADVA has made a small acquisition over in Europe. The company’s Oscilloquartz subsidiary has acquired Finland’s Time4 Systems, which produces SFP-based pluggable clock devices. And ADVA may not be done, as LightReading reports the company is also looking to “tuck in” a couple more such acquisitions and may be eyeing a broader invasion of North America.
MRV has picked up a regional service provider customer out in Utah. CentraCom is leveraging the company’s packet, optical, and service orchestration products to build a 100G core and better serve both metro and rural customers. CentraCom serves both residential and business customers throughout much of the state.
And Alcatel-Lucent has put the finishing touches on one of its submarine cable projects. They’ve completed the Pacific Caribbean Cable System, or PCCS, which connects Florida to Ecuador as well as points in between (Tortola, Puerto Rico, Aruba, Curacao, Cartagena, Maria Chiquita, and Balboa). The system will improve connectivity options between the two regions, a route that hasn’t gotten as much attention as those that stick to the same coast.
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