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SlideshowCiena Eyes More Software M&A

Ciena is looking to pump up its software unit.
Ciena is looking to pump up its software unit.

[email protected] 8/31/2018 | 8:25:34 AM
Re: Blue Planet is a drop in the ocean for Ciena software sales Thanks James. I will tweak the article to show that software is more than just Blue Planet.

Ciena still obvioulsy has high hopes for the role the Blue Planet software can play -- I'm sure there are a number of specialist software players out there who'd like to be seen as a nice 'bolt-on'...
James_B_Crawshaw 8/30/2018 | 2:35:25 PM
Blue Planet is a drop in the ocean for Ciena software sales The majority of Ciena's software and software-related revenue (which was down 3% YoY) is element and network management systems for the traditional optical products. Very little of it is related to Blue Planet's multi-domain or NFV orchestration. Blue Planet generated $6.7m sales in the prior fiscal year, less than 5% of total software sales. 

According to the Seeking Alpha transcript, on the call Gary Smith said "With Blue Planet, we've done a lot of learning over the last two to three years, still a nascent space." More positively he went on to say "the bookings were very encouraging. And we should be able to come into the year -- next year with a backlog for 2019."
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