CIENA unveils AutoProvisioning to the edge

May 20, 2002--CIENA Corp. today announced it is extending the distributed intelligence features of its CoreDirector optical switch to MetroDirector K2, enabling service providers to automate the software provisioning process network wide, including circuit set-up and discovery of network topology.

May 20th, 2002

May 20, 2002--CIENA Corp., provider of intelligent optical networking systems and software, today announced it is extending the distributed intelligence features of its CoreDirector optical switch to MetroDirector K2, a next-generation multi-service access and switching platform, enabling service providers to automate the software provisioning process network wide, including circuit set-up and discovery of network topology.

This AutoProvisioning capability is the second element of CIENA's recently-launched Automation product and feature program designed to bring the benefits of distributed network intelligence to the company's current and potential customers, telecom service providers. The first announced component of the program was the WavelengthDirector Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (OADM), which makes it possible for carriers to add and drop traffic-carrying wavelengths with previously unavailable single-channel granularity along network routes.

AutoProvisioning by CIENA enables point-and-click provisioning of services in a composite metro-core-metro network to provide a consistent class of service in both segments of the network, explain company representatives. The new feature allows the MetroDirector K2 and CoreDirector to work together to enable faster response to requests for new optical and electrical services and reduce effort required to provision circuits.

The AutoProvisioning feature on MetroDirector K2 is first expected to be available to customers in the fourth calendar quarter of 2002.

For more information about CIENA Corp. (Linthicum, MD), visit the company's Web site at www.ciena.com.

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