Internet2, Ciena Team

ANN ARBOR, Mich. and LINTHICUM, Md. -- Internet2 and Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN) today announced a partnership to deploy Ciena’s CoreDirector® Multiservice Switch in the new Internet2 nationwide advanced research and education network. Ciena also becomes an Internet2 Corporate Partner, the highest level partnership offered, enhancing its relationship with Internet2 to further advance the exploration and development of next-generation optical switching technology.

Ciena’s CoreDirector platform will support the next-generation of Internet applications and resources used regularly by Internet2 member institutions. The platform offers a robust feature set including support for optical and Ethernet switching services as well as use of a standards-based intelligent control plane that enable Internet2 to provide dynamic bandwidth on demand for its members via automated lightpath provisioning capabilities.

“The research and education community today requires networking solutions that create a truly dynamic environment to support the most demanding applications and research our members can imagine,” said Steve Cotter, Internet2’s director of network services. “By partnering with Ciena, we are deploying a cost-effective infrastructure that will provide our members instant network capacity and scalability plus more dynamic control over their networking resources.”

Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN)

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