Sify chooses Ciena’s converged packet optical platform to scale fiber network capacity

Ciena says Sify Technologies Ltd. has chosen its converged packet optical platform to meet increasing customer needs and deliver additional support for growing data volumes, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based services, and big data analytics. Sify can use the optical transport systems to scale its fiber network capacity from 100G to 400G to deliver high bandwidth services and manage unforeseen developments in traffic for its customers.

Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says Sify Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: SIFY), based in Chennai, India, has chosen its converged packet optical platform to meet increasing customer needs and deliver additional support for growing data volumes, the Internet of Things (IoT), cloud-based services, and big data analytics. Sify can use the optical transport systems to scale its fiber network capacity from 100G to 400G to deliver high bandwidth services and manage unforeseen developments intraffic for its customers, which include financial services institutions, over the top (OTT) providers, and healthcare organizations.

In India, demand for bandwidth demand to connect data centers and cloud providers is growing rapidly with private and public cloud adoption. Sify's data center interconnect (DCI) and cloud interconnect offerings are designed to provide the bandwidth and performance characteristics necessary for affordable, reliable service provision. According to Ciena, Sify's DCI footprint includes more than 40 data centers in India. The cloud interconnect offering gives on-demand access to Indian public cloud and SAAS providers.

With the Ciena packet-optical transport platform deployment, Sify can scale its network on demand and deliver network characteristics to address customer demands. Ciena asserts that Sify can use its 6500 Packet-Optical Platforms powered by WaveLogic Aicoherent technology to program its network for adapting to evolving service needs in real time and support large capacities in its metro networks as well. Sify will also be able to address possible problem areas, minimizing the chance of outages and movingrepair times from days to hours, by including Ciena's PinPoint software and other upgraded software capabilities in the deployment. Ciena says that its Blue Planet Manage Control Plan (MCP) software will provide Sify with real-time software control and enhance network visibility as well.

"The elasticity of our network to support multi-cloud, multi-data center scenarios and its programmability to monitor, control, and adapt to meet user demands in real-time is critical," said Daniel Alex, president of the Telecom Business at Sify Technologies. "Ciena's understanding of our network infrastructure and their clarity in where and how we would benefit from integrating their solutions for more flexibility and scale in the network, especially in the context of data center/cloud driven east-west traffic, made them the right fit for our growth plans."

Sify has a presence in over 1,550 cities in India, as well as North America, the United Kingdom, and Singapore. Last year, Sify expanded its network to Marseille to connect international services to its more than 9,000 enterprise customers on the Indian sub-continent through the network expansion to Marseille (see "Sify establishes point of presence at Interxion's data center in Marseille").

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