University of Utah, Utah Education Network pick Ciena for metro optical network

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says the Utah Education Network (UEN) and the University of Utah have deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to provide high-speed, high-capacity 100G connectivity between the university and its new downtown Salt Lake City data center, and to UEN member organizations.

Ciena Corp. (NASDAQ: CIEN) says the Utah Education Network (UEN) and the University of Utah have deployed Ciena’s 6500 Packet-Optical Platform to provide high-speed, high-capacity 100G connectivity between the university and its new downtown Salt Lake City data center, and to UEN member organizations.

The University of Utah’s new metro fiber-optic network will connect the university to its Salt Lake City data center at speeds that will scale from 10 Gbps to 100 Gbps and beyond. This will allow the university to meet the advanced connectivity requirements of both research and general data traffic of the school, as well as UEN-connected institutions, on a converged network. In addition, extensions of the network to Provo and Logan are underway, to enable the network to serve Brigham Young University and Utah State University.

Ciena’s technology will also provide high-performance optical transport to support UEN, which operates a statewide backbone for K-12 educational schools, Head Start organizations, higher education institutions, and public libraries. UEN facilitates interactive video and web conferencing, provides instructional support services, and operates a public television station (KUEN) on behalf of the Utah State Board of Regents.

UEN also serves as the commercial Internet and provides connectivity between Internet2 and the state government and the Utah Telehealth Network, which connects health care providers across the state. UEN is an affiliate member of the U.S. Unified Community Anchor Network (U.S. UCAN) project that delivers network connectivity to more than 65,000 member organizations for the delivery of telemedicine, distance learning, and other applications to communities across the United States.

Through a combination of grants from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), the University of Utah and UEN combined will serve 1084 K-12 schools, 10 colleges and universities, and approximately 866,000 Utah students and educators.

“In our experience, research and education organizations are increasingly challenged in their efforts to acquire, manage and distribute vast amounts of data. High-speed networks are essential because the network is an enabler to local, regional, national, and international collaboration. By serving the University of Utah, the UEN and their constituencies with high-speed, high-capacity connectivity solutions that scale, Ciena is enabling the University and UEN to connect to the broader research community and meet bandwidth needs for years to come,” said Rod Wilson, senior director of external research, Ciena.

“We selected Ciena as our infrastructure provider for two reasons: Ciena is an experienced technology provider to the R&E community that focuses on understanding our complex networking needs, and its industry-leading, coherent optical solutions provide a high-capacity, resilient, and scalable optical backbone to support innovative methods of enabling advanced research and innovation by our students and faculty,” added Steve Corbató, deputy CIO, University of Utah

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