XO Communications enhance metro network with Ciena's CN 4200

SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 -- In response to demand for application scalability and service flexibility, XO Communications says it will utilize Ciena's CN 4200 to power a variety of private networks that can support customers' Ethernet, storage, and other managed services applications.

SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 -- XO Communications (search for XO Communications) has selected Ciena's (search for Ciena) CN 4200 FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform to support the delivery of on-demand, high-bandwidth optical metro transport services. Ciena says the platform offers XO the flexibility to deliver a wider range of managed private network services offerings to customers that require scalable bandwidth and expanded reach capabilities for key business applications. In addition, XO Communications is now a designated Managed Services Provider (MSP) partner within Ciena's BizConnect global partner program.

"Our large enterprise and service provider customers are demanding advanced services with higher bandwidth requirements," reports Randy Nicklas, chief technology officer at XO Communications. "Ciena's CN 4200 enables us to deliver higher speed and lower cost wavelength services to our customers, who can mix and match protocols on any single XO wavelength."

In response to demand for application scalability and service flexibility, XO Communications says it will utilize Ciena's CN 4200 to power a variety of private networks that can support customers' Ethernet, storage, and other managed services applications. Ciena's CN 4200 platform will be deployed in XO's metro networks nationwide to support the intelligent aggregation and transport of high-capacity services, furthering XO's transition to a converged network architecture.

"Network operators continue to face the challenges of evolving networks to provide next-generation services in a manner that is transparent to their customers and cost-effective to their business," notes Mike Aquino, senior vice president of global field operations at Ciena. "Our FlexSelect Architecture is a key differentiator that is designed to enable customers like XO to meet these challenges with the flexibility to change service profiles and redirect bandwidth where needed in a seamless fashion. In particular, our forward-looking approach to Ethernet and OTN enables us to offer the resiliency and manageability necessary to make Ethernet-centric packet transport infrastructures performance-grade."

In other news, Ciena announced that XO Communications is now a designated Managed Services Provider (MSP) partner within its BizConnect global partner program. With more than 50 partners across the globe, the BizConnect program enables partners to tailor their relationship with Ciena--including portfolio offerings, promotions, training, incentives, and more--customizing participation based on each member's business strategy and revenue objectives.


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