Cyan announces second Blue Planet SDN customer

A day after announcing its Blue Planet software-defined network (SDN) product, Cyan has revealed that Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) will use both Blue Planet and Cyan’s Z-Series packet-optical transport platform in its southeastern US network.

A day after announcing its Blue Planet software-defined network (SDN) product, Cyan has revealed that Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative (PRTC) will use both Blue Planet and Cyan’s Z-Series packet-optical transport platform in its southeastern US network.

PRTC provides telecommunications services to businesses and residential customers as well as regional mobile backhaul services for the likes of Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, and others. As part of a service upgrade, PRTC will deploy Cyan's Z22 and Z33 packet-optical transport platforms to provide 1-Gbps connectivity to wireless towers in its operating footprint via optical rings. The Blue Planet software will facilitate the provisioning and roll out of new and existing services.

"We were literally days away from making the decision to go with an MPLS-based solution from one of the big router vendors," said Tony Stout, CTO for PRTC. "Fortunately, like many other wireless backhaul providers across the country, we discovered we could save money, improve performance, enhance reliability, and simplify our network by using Cyan's packet-optical 'router bypass' solution. Cyan's Blue Planet SDN software is what really made the difference; it dramatically simplifies our operations and allows us to easily create and deploy new services."

Cyan also will provide its CyNOC “network operations center as a service” offering. The CyanPRO service will enable PRTC to deploy platforms and software applications much more quickly than would be the case if it had to bring its own operations staff up to speed prior to network deployment, Cyan says.

"We view PRTC as extremely strategic and the type of provider we like to team with,” said Cyan Vice President of Sales Jeff Parow. “PRTC prides itself on being an adopter of leading-edge, carrier-class technologies in order to better serve its customers and create differentiated service offerings. By deploying our Blue Planet and Z-Series solution, PRTC continues that tradition."

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