Optical network equipment developer Cyan says that GWI of northern New England has deployed the Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms (P-OTPs) and Cyan 360 multi-layer software support systems as part of a regional network expansion project.
Maine-based GWI, which supplies communications services to the region, has added new co-location sites in Boston and New York City and plays a major role in Maine's Three-Ring Binder project. It also plans to offer new managed and hosted services for enterprises.
"It is an exciting time for GWI right now, as we continue to grow our network, services and customer base throughout New England," said David Allen, vice president of infrastructure at GWI. "Looking towards this future, it is clear that Cyan's solutions, with their modular hardware and software architecture, can handle every network scenario we currently have, and elegantly scale as our needs change. We have had a great experience working with the Cyan team, the products and their world-class support organization, which have proven very valuable to our team."
The Z-Series platforms will support GWI's network in a number of deployment settings, Cyan asserts. They include:
- 10 Gigabit Ethernet ring connecting Portland to Boston and New York City: GWI recently announced plans for this new phase of its network to provide a stronger connection for the State of Maine to the rest of the country. Cyan's Z-Series systems deployed in co-location centers in downtown Boston and Manhattan will enable a fully redundant network for GWI's customers.
- Three Ring Binder stimulus project: One of the primary authors of the grant proposal that brought the state-wide Three Ring Binder project, a $25.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce coupled with an additional $7 million in private funding, GWI is providing services to businesses and homes along the 1,100-mile fiber network. Connecting many rural areas of the state to Portland, this network provides broadband access to numerous anchor institutions and brings the promise of large economic growth. Cyan's Z-Series platforms, deployed within a data center in Portland located along the network, provide high capacity and operational efficiency for this growing network.
- Expanded and hosted business services: In addition to network expansion, GWI is now offering managed and hosted services such as hosted IP PBX, storage, and backup and recovery services. With plans for new managed and cloud-based offerings, Cyan says it will assist GWI in this service delivery by providing the bandwidth, network flexibility, and performance needed to meet the needs of their business customers.
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