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Cyan's Blue Planet Now in KVH's Orbit

Japanese network and data center operator KVH Co. is using Cyan's software-defined network platform and a combination of Cyan and Accedian Network metro network equipment to roll out new burstable, on-demand Ethernet services, beginning in early summer, the companies announced today. (See KVH Chooses Cyan for Burstable Ethernet.)

Cyan Inc. 's Blue Planet SDN platform will provide the service automation and orchestration features for the multi-vendor rollout of the etherXEN service suite designed to provide connections to KVH Co. Ltd. 's data centers for advanced cloud services and more. Enterprises will be able to buy services at speeds as low as 1 Mbit/s and do on-demand bursting up to 100 Gbits/s beginning in August, according to KVH.

The suite will include Ethernet private line and virtual private line services, dedicated private connections to the Amazon Web Services Inc. cloud, beginning this month, and multipoint connectivity beginning in August. KVH is using Cyan's Z-Series metro packet-optical gear and Accedian ' MetroNODE LT/GT equipment.

The deal is a significant one for Cyan, and a real-market test for Blue Planet, previously deployed by Colt in Europe and by DukeNet as a pilot in the US. (See Colt a Significant Win for Cyan and DukeNet Takes SDN to Demo Phase.)

"This is the first service they are building off that architecture and they did it very quickly, based on fast service automation platform," says Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer for Cyan. "KVH is committed to connecting up data centers -- AWS is part of the announcement -- and trying to make the network as flexible as the data center and compute resources are via the cloud."

As importantly, Cumello says, KVH is able to offer price points for its new etherXEN services that will be highly competitive in the Japanese market, while delivering new services in as little as 10 business days, compared to the market standard of five to six weeks.

"This is a proof point for how doing things in software lets them move much faster," he says.

Two major areas of new efficiencies for KVH using Blue Planet will be automated processes that eliminate both the time spent on manual connections and the resulting error rate, and the ability to manage across domains, linking the metro and core networks, adds Abel Tong, director of solutions marketing for Cyan.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

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brookseven 5/10/2014 | 9:59:53 PM
Re: Speedy delivery You see Mitch...I am mostly just angry that you guys never put me in the Hall of Fame:

1 - FiOS

2 - I have been hear longer than any current editor now that Phil has left.

3 - Letting Phil write that I hated Grandmother's (yes if you search I am sure you can find it) and me taking it with a sense of humor.

Where else can you find such creds!


Mitch Wagner 5/10/2014 | 3:37:09 PM
Re: Speedy delivery We appreciate all the attention we get, large and small. :)
brookseven 5/8/2014 | 8:09:14 PM
Re: Speedy delivery  

Okay Mitch....


I hope you guys note the massive amount of traffic I drive back to Light Reading through my links to old news articles.  Okay, maybe 10 hits...:)


Mitch Wagner 5/8/2014 | 4:26:43 PM
Re: Speedy delivery seven - "Southern...I don't think it is kosher to promote my blog but if you poke around Wordpress and look up AFC or FiOS you will probably find me."

Oh, go ahead and post a link. 
SachinEE 5/8/2014 | 4:42:05 AM
Re: Speedy delivery Service delivery plays a great role when satisfying customers and it is a great tool to attract and maintain them. When you can deliver your services without wasting time then you will achieve it. I think KVH is moving on the right direction. Nobody wants to be left outside when it comes to technological changes that can positively impact on their service delivery. Automation of KVH processes will greatly help them to improve on their efficiency level. 
brookseven 5/7/2014 | 11:23:26 PM
Re: Speedy delivery Mitch....

Exactly.  A great set of technology doesn't mean its a good business or a good investment.

Southern...I don't think it is kosher to promote my blog but if you poke around Wordpress and look up AFC or FiOS you will probably find me.


Mitch Wagner 5/7/2014 | 3:08:03 PM
Re: Speedy delivery seven - "Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery." - Mr. Micawber in David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. 
southernlight 5/6/2014 | 10:40:12 PM
Re: Speedy delivery Hi, I'd be interested in your analysis. What is the blog URL?
ElasticMan 5/6/2014 | 8:19:28 PM
Re: Speedy delivery Thanks, I'll check out the blog.
brookseven 5/6/2014 | 7:59:58 PM
Re: Speedy delivery ElasticMan,


I said something completely factual.  Opex exceeded Revenue in Q1.  I am simply noting that on the same day that this is announced yet another piece of info gets transmitted from Cyan.  They are doing a great job working this particular PR channel to get product and marketing information out.

I think it is completely relevant to that companies that are 1 year or less (according to the CFO on the call - if you want I will post that quote once the transcript of the call is posted) from being out of cash.  We seem to be completely happy talking about the finances of Alcatel or Huawei.  Since LR has not picked up the news feed of Cyan's Financial Report today, I think it is highly relevant.

I have no animus to anyone at Cyan.  I hope they succeed.  But Cyan is in serious trouble financially unless they are holding back things from the conference call.  I will be talking about this more tomorrow in my Blog. If you don't want to look at information that Cyan itself is reporting, you should avoid reading it.  I will be talk about all kinds of alternative paths forward for the company.


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