Ciena launches software suite for automated network design

18 July 2003 Linthicum MD Lightwave Europe -- Ciena Corp today announces the availability of LightWorks ON-Designer, a suite of advanced Java-based design tools that automate planning, design, simulation, validation and turn-up of end-to-end networks.

Jul 18th, 2003

18 July 2003 Linthicum, MD -- Ciena Corp today announces the availability of LightWorks ON-Designer, a suite of advanced Java-based design tools that automate planning, design, simulation, validation and turn-up of end-to-end networks.

The company says it will result in improved time-to-revenue for new services and enhanced operational cost savings for service providers.

With an open architecture for interacting with existing operations support systems (OSSs) and other modeling instruments, ON-Designer is intended for the entire network design cycle. It contains built-in engineering rules for products across Ciena's portfolio, enabling efficient and cost-effective network planning and deployment.

From network planners to operations personnel to deployment teams, ON-Designer allows service providers to design, validate and deploy networks, based on Ciena's LightWorks next-generation architecture, in just minutes.

"Automation and integration are two important processes to fixing the current network model, particularly related to bringing new services online faster and with greater overall efficiency," said Brian VanSteen, principal at PointEast Research.

"Ciena has already established itself as a leader in software for automating and managing intelligent networks, and now ON-Designer furthers the company's value proposition by taking automated, integrated network planning and design to a higher level."

Today, says Ciena, networks are generally planned and designed in a lengthy process that includes manual gathering of network information and numerous calculations and analyses of the data. The error-prone process can take weeks, or even months, to design, validate and turn-up networks � which delays time-to-revenue, lengthens customer wait times for new services, and keeps operational costs high.

ON-Designer's Automation Engine and import/export capabilities automatically turn validated network designs into live networks in seconds. The software, which can run on most desktops and laptops, includes a database for archived network information that can be shared between network planning, engineering, ordering and other internal organizations for efficient, seamless planning and maintenance.

It is the latest development in Ciena's LightWorks Services strategy to help service providers use their existing infrastructure to make current services more profitable and to capitalize on new opportunities in enterprise data services without overlay data networks.

"We are focused on growing our customer relationships based on strategic, service-oriented network planning - as we've already begun doing with customers such as AT&T and BT - rather than single-product deployments," said Francois Locoh-Donou, VP of marketing at Ciena.

More information at www.ciena.com

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