Vendor Roundup: Ciena, Cisco, Juniper, Calix

November 14th, 2018 by · Leave a Comment

For updated from four vendors, each in a market segment:

Southern Cross Cables is deploying more Ciena gear as it continues to expand the capabilities of its transpacific cable system. They are deploying Ciena's GeoMesh Extreme solution, which includes WaveLogic Ai tunable coherent optics as well as the 6500 T-series and builds on the company's existing relationship with Ciena. Along with real-time monitoring and other features, it allows Southern Cross to add another 6.4Tbps of subsea capacity.

Cisco's approach to the edge took a new turn yesterday. The industry giant says it is unifying its SD-WAN and security technologies into a single product. In effect they are recognizing that in today's increasingly mobile environment it's somewhat silly to offer enterprises an SD-WAN deployment that isn't secure, so why not build it in from the start? Of course, it also tends to keep more of the piece under Cisco's umbrella, which probably isn't a coincidence either.

Juniper Networks has won a deal in the research & education space. The Californian nonprofit network CENIC is deploying Juniper's MX Series 5G Universal Routing platform. The upgrade gives CENIC a more streamlined capability for 100GbE connections to institutions like the members of the UC system. CENIC has some 700 edge sites and serves 12,000 member institutions.

And Calix is adding new features to its cloud service aimed at empowering its service provider customers. Included are the ability to identify subscribers with lots of connected devices or who work from home, to track detailed information about markets served by individual central offices, to better manage smart homes, and to support more third party devices.

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Categories: Cloud Computing · SDN · Telecom Equipment · Undersea cables

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