Ciena Acquires Cyan, Bolsters SDN and NFV Resources with New Division

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 20, 2015

 FREMONT, CA: Ciena provider of communications network solutions acquires Cyan, a distributor of software and platforms to allow open, agile and scalable software defined networks (SDN).

 The acquisition is to unify the software activities of both the companies and will be placed under a single brand and set of resources known as the Blue Planet Division. The latest division includes Ciena’s Agility business, SDN Multilayer WAN Controller, V-WAN, Agility matrix and network management offerings, as well as Cyan's network software applications, including Planet Orchestrate and Planet Operate reports Jeffrey Burt for eWEEK.

 It is said to focus on helping customers automate services – from creation to orchestration to delivery – across both physical and virtual domains thereby driving greater competitive advantage, creating new revenue opportunities and lowering costs associated with hardware and operations. Blue Planet is comprised of teams responsible for software development, product line management, product marketing, service and support, sales and business development.

“Ciena and Cyan make a great combination for our customers as they transform their networks with web-scale technologies to go beyond delivering capacity to create capabilities on demand, we believe this acquisition advances our strategy to deliver a complete on-demand solution for virtualized networks and services, and greater control and choice for customers in an open ecosystem,” says Gary Smith, President and CEO, Ciena.

According to the company Cyan will be complementing Ciena’s network control and application software technologies, add multi-vendor network, service orchestration and next-generation network management software. The Blue Planet portfolio will offers a carrier-grade, multi-vendor SDN and NFV platform designed to automate, orchestrate, and manage the lifecycle of virtualized services across data centers and the WAN. It will also include a family of applications designed to control and manage both physical network elements and virtual SDN/NFV resources.

Ciena will be strengthening its hold in packet-optical as Cyan brings a growing metro packet-optical business with a complementary base of key customers including Cyan’s Z-Series Packet-Optical Platform.

Under the terms of the acquisition agreement, Ciena has acquired all of the outstanding shares of Cyan common stock in exchange for approximately $33.6 million in cash and 10.7 million shares of Ciena common stock.

“Ciena’s Blue Planet division will provide next-generation multi-vendor network management software and service orchestration solutions, for both physical and virtual network functions, to accelerate our customers’ network transformation strategies. Leveraging Ciena’s OPn architecture approach, Blue Planet solutions will reduce network operators’ reliance on closed, costly and complex vertically integrated infrastructures in favor of open, agile, software-controlled network environments,” adds Mike Hatfield, Senior VP, Ciena.