Cyan touts ViaWest deployment as data center interconnect trend

Packet-optical transport system vendor Cyan has announced that ViaWest, a privately held data center service provider, has deployed Cyan's platform, software, and service offerings to enable a very low latency connection between ViaWest's new Synergy Park data center and its Stemmons Freeway (Dallas) location.

Packet-optical transport system vendor Cyan has announced that ViaWest, a privately held data center service provider, has deployed Cyan's platform, software, and service offerings to enable a very low latency connection between ViaWest's new Synergy Park data center and its Stemmons Freeway (Dallas) location. The deal exemplifies a growing trend toward the use of packet-optical transport for such data center connections, according to a Cyan source.

ViaWest provides colocation, hosting, cloud, and managed services to more than 1,000 mid-sized and enterprise-level businesses nationwide. Synergy Park, located in Richardson, TX, is the company’s 26th facility. ViaWest will use several elements of Cyan's portfolio, which includes the Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms, Cyan 360 software support suite, and Cyan PRO services.

"We are committed to delivering our customers a unique combination of colocation, cloud, complex hosting, and managed services backed by industry-leading SLAs [service-level agreements]," said Paul Gerrard, executive vice president of sales and marketing for ViaWest. "Cyan's integrated data center interconnect solution allows us to offer and support our services seamlessly and cost-effectively across our data centers in the Dallas market."

According to Frank Wiener, vice president of marketing at Cyan, the combination of strict SLAs and demand for extremely low latency connections between data centers has presented a significant opportunity for Cyan in markets around the world. This includes not only independent data center services providers such as ViaWest, but mainstream communications services providers with their own data centers.

In particular, Wiener points to the ability of the company’s CyPlan planning system to predict route latency before infrastructure installation as an appealing feature. This capability, which was still in the works when the Cyan 360 suite was first introduced, is now generally available, Wiener says. In addition, the ability to perform hitless software upgrades helps customers keep their networks up to date without affecting SLAs, he asserts.

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