Dan O'Shea 5/4/2015 5 comments
Ciena's bid to acquire Cyan pushes the packet-optical vendor deeper into the SDN/NFV software market, giving Ciena the keys to Cyan's Blue Planet ecosystem just as that software platform is starting to gain real traction with service providers.
Announced this morning, the $400 million deal comes as traditional network hardware vendors like Ciena are looking to stake a claim in the SDN/NFV race. Cyan, one of the smaller players in the optical networking market, has pursued SDN/NFV orchestration for service provider networks more aggressively than most, and recently announced a long-awaited contract with CenturyLink for its Blue Planet orchestration software. (See Ciena to Acquire Cyan for $400M and Cyan's CenturyLink Win Built on Experience, Flexibility.)