Ciena touts fiber-locating service

APRIL 29, 2008 -- Ciena says its FiberFinder, powered by telecom consulting firm NEF Inc., offers enterprises and carriers the ability to identify available fiber resources while developing optimal network connectivity.

APRIL 29, 2008 -- Ciena Corp. (search for Ciena) today announced its FiberFinder service, a unique fiber locating service powered by telecommunications consulting firm NEF Inc. Ciena says the FiberFinder offers enterprises and carriers the ability to identify available fiber resources while developing optimal network connectivity.

Today's enterprises must ensure business continuity and disaster recovery, expedite and enhance services, and enable closer collaboration between geographically-dispersed locations--all while reducing total cost of network ownership. These concerns have created new challenges for IT departments looking for resilient and flexible networks to support critical process improvements and new bandwidth-intensive applications such as virtualization, LAN extension, and data replication.

In partnership with NEF, Ciena says it has created a comprehensive service to enable enterprises to cost-effectively address these evolving network demands by reducing the fiber discovery and pricing lead times inherent in locating optimal fiber connectivity options.

Powered by NEF's FiberLocator, Ciena's FiberFinder leverages one of the largest independent databases that catalogs millions of miles of U.S. fiber-optic networks covering more than 100 metro areas across the country. With data and maps encompassing metro and long-haul fiber as well as on-net locations, interconnects, LEC central offices, and more, FiberFinder offers customers a valuable guide to the available fiber landscape to help achieve their connectivity needs, say company representatives.

"Together with Ciena, we're empowering organizations with information that will save them time, effort, and a tremendous amount of money in sourcing and deploying a communications solution," contends Michael Murphy, president of NEF. "FiberFinder is a unique service that provides enterprises the intelligence needed to design a successful fiber network end-to-end."

"We're pleased to team with NEF to offer this level of network intelligence to enterprises and carriers as they look to build advanced communication infrastructures," adds Ray Patalano, senior manager, enterprise field marketing, Ciena. "With enhanced optical networks gaining popularity among enterprise organizations in addressing the burgeoning demand for increased bandwidth, higher speeds, and added security, Ciena and NEF are offering a turn-key solution that reduces the research and implementation costs associated with sourcing an optical network solution."

Ciena will showcase FiberFinder service demonstrations in Booth #2551 at Interop Las Vegas from April 29 � May 2 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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