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SlideshowCiena CTO Says No to Skynet, Advocates Adaptive Networks

Ciena CTO Steve Alexander
Ciena CTO Steve Alexander

Michelle 6/26/2018 | 9:15:33 PM
Improvements Adaptive networks sound fantastic. I'm relieved we won't be meeting up with Skynet anytime soon. 
Gabriel Brown 6/15/2018 | 4:10:28 AM
Re: The Adaptive Company Also interesting he chose to mention Time Sensitive Networking. 

One curiosity is that you can run 5G over TSN (e.g. for Ethernet fronthaul, x-haul, etc.). And in other contexts you can run TSN over 5G radio (e.g. or industrial IoT). Simples ;)
Kelsey Ziser 6/14/2018 | 4:41:41 PM
Re: The Adaptive Company @Sterling thanks for providing that historical context. The Adaptive Network discussion came up throughout the Vectors event and Ciena discussed how their different technologies fit into the Adaptive Network layers of programmable infrastructure; analytics and intelligence; and software control and automation.
Sterling Perrin 6/14/2018 | 4:25:16 PM
The Adaptive Company Good interview.

One thing that occurs to me in reading this is how little Steve's comments have in common with what he would have been talking about 20 or even 10 years ago - it was once all about DWDM and optical switching. The ability to adapt to market changes is a big part of why Ciena is around today and many others are not. 

In the early days of optical switching, I remember many conversations with Tellabs in which they said they have no need to move away from their massive DCS business. When the "telecom winter" hit in 2001, rival Sycamore hibernated to wait it out while Ciena made acquisition bets to expand into new areas. Nortel was once the world optics leader, but Ciena outlasted them, etc.

On one level, the heavy software and automation focus seems a stretch for this company, but they do have a long history of understanding coming change and making the right moves in advance. Steve Alexander certainly contributed to that success.

Sterling
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