CIENA Corporation (CIEN)
December 15, 2011 12:30 pm ET
Gregg M. Lampf - Vice President of Investor Relations
Thomas Mock - Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing & Communications
Rick Dodd - Senior Vice President of Global Marketing
Stephen B. Alexander - Chief Technology Officer, Senior Vice President of Products and Technology and Member of Technology Advisory Council
Ehud Gelblum - Morgan Stanley, Research Division
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Gregg M. Lampf
Thank you. Welcome to Ciena's second Investor Relations educational webcast. Before we begin, I would like to cover a few housekeeping items. For those who want to ask a question to the webcast platform, you can do so by clicking the Ask A Question tab to the right of the slide tab. To expand the view, click the square box to the far right of the controls on the bottom of the control window. An archive of this call will be made available on the Investor Relations section of Ciena's website. Ciena's IR educational webcast are intended to provide our perspectives on various technologies and trends in the optical industry. We're pleased to receive a very strong response to our coherent webcast in August and hope you'll get as much out of today's event.
Today's topic was selected due to the number of conversations we've been having about OTN technology, its applications over time and the distinction between Ciena's commercial experiences and possible vendor offerings in the future.
I wanted to remind everyone that we will not be discussing financial information, results, expectations or economic conditions. While we will not be discussing these items, we may talk directionally about the technology market. As such, please take note of our Safe Harbor language on this slide.
With that, let's begin. Joining us today are Tom Mock, Ciena's Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing Communications. He will start our presentation in a moment. Tom will be followed by Steve Alexander, Ciena's CTO. And following Steve will be Rick Dodd, Ciena's Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. I hope you find our webcast informative today. Tom?
Thanks, Gregg. Before we get started today, we just wanted to spend a few minutes kind of giving you an idea of what Ciena has been doing in this space over the years and why we think it's important. We've been in the OTN space for over 5 years, and our first product in this space was our Ciena 4200 product. And while we may not have initially touted that as an OTN platform, the technology behind it was clearly OTN. But over the past few years, we've been pushing that OTN technology across our portfolio. As 40G and 100G and higher speeds begin to proliferate in networks, it will drive people toward a OTN switching and away from traditional SONET/SDH switching, because once you get past 40G, there really isn't a SONET-equivalent standard.
But one thing to keep in mind is that there's a concept of OTN for transport, which really is just about putting a digital wrapper around the signal that's being sent, and there's also OTN for switching, which turns OTN into a true traffic management tool. And it's the latter piece that we'll be talking about for the bulk of today's call.
And as you'll hear, OTN is also -- or the control plane dimension is a key part of OTN's value. It allows you to automate traffic management and it allows you to better keep track of what's going on in the network. So as we've invested in OTN, we've really focused on how to make it the most efficient way to manage traffic in a network, how to make it a very robust way to manage traffic in a network and allocate capacity amongst users and then use intelligence to automate the network.
As I mentioned when we were talking about the last slide, control plane is key to making OTN effective. And control plane is something we have a lot of experience, and we've been in this space for over 10 years automating networks and making them automatically restored in the most reliable fashion possible. Since we brought Nortel's MEN group onboard, we've also focused on pushing control plane across our portfolio to better ensure network automation. Gregg didn't mention in the beginning, but we'll also probably be doing a control plane chart talk like this in the coming months.
Let me show a little bit about what we've done and how we leverage OTN to deliver the future promise of better traffic management. First of all, we put these pieces together to build a wide variety of types of networks globally. We built the world's largest automated switch networks. You see the acronym ASON on there, that's Automatic Switched Optical Network. It's basically a way of automatically allocating capacity to end-user needs and also restoring in the event of a failure.
We've also built networks to expand the globe using this technology. You see a network up there that's combined in the center of both terrestrial and submarine components, and that's something we have a fair amount of experience in. But OTN and control plane in particular really begin to shine when you put them in a challenging environment. On the upper right-hand part of the slide there, we're showing some networks that we've done in India, where fiber cuts are relatively routine, and we're able to restore around those nearly instantaneously.