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Hello, happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great start to your week!  Below is your update of what's been happening in the community over the past week. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome:  Ken Abel, Regdrick Banks, Matthew Bellamy, James Brantner, Johnathan Cain, Ramon Cano Gutierrez, Irwin Chan, jagadish chandika, Jeremy Cox, Ryan Day, Gregory DeRuyter, Alexander Duda, Terry Ellis, Thomas Fellenz, Emily Ferraro, Eric Goldberg, Hironori Hidaka, Martin Houle, Sreve House, Richard Jordon, JUN-IL KANG, Claire Marshall, Walt Morton, Mitul Patel, Jesse Perez, Lior Sharon, Luciano Siqueira, Nithin Sivapadam, Sanjay Vadakkedath, Tyler Wendleton, Princeton Wheeler, Peter Whettell, Bert Willems, and jabrane ziane!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

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Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Jeremy L Burhans, Ethan Cochran, Brian Cunningham, Zack Diamond-Phillips, Taryn Edge, Alexander Kravitz, john krier, Nick Lutz, Tomer Manzur, Rüdiger Michl, Rafael Molina, Andre Quicheron, Diego Ramallo, Alex Rotar, Vladislav Shago, and Joost Witlox!

 

Quote

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.

Rumi

 

Acronym

RPD

It's time for another round of I Love AcronymsBe sure to check it out and reply with what you think RPD means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Visit I Love Acronyms: DP-QPSK to check out the correct answer and winners of the last round.

 

Day

Today, September 18th is National IT Professionals Day! Every third Tuesday in September is dedicated to all you IT  pros out there who work hard to keep us connected. To celebrate, end-users can thank their IT heroes for all they do to make our daily lives easier whether it be for applications, devices, networks, security, or servers. To all the IT professionals in the Ciena Community, we hope you enjoyed your special day! 

 

Did You Know

Yesterday, September 17th, marked the 42nd anniversary of the day that NASA unveiled Enterprise, the world's first space shuttle. The big reveal was done before an excited crowd including several venerated cast members from the SciFi favorite, Star Trek. The Enterprise was originally set to be named The Constitution, but a write-in campaign from Star Trek fans convinced NASA and President Ford to re-name it.

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

Co-writer: Kendal Ingraham

 

Did you know this Saturday, September 15th, is National Online Learning Day?

 

I bet you learned that online. With technology and high-speed internet, the norm in today’s world, no wonder there’s a day dedicated to celebrating online learning!

 

What’s the first thing you do with your cell phone now when you have a question? “Hey, Google…” “Siri…”

 

What would we do if we didn’t have the answers at our fingertips? More and more we will never know the days of wondering about something until you could get to the library, call a professional for their input, or even go home to plug in the modem.

 

Recent years have seen an explosion in online degree and certification programs, in place of the traditional classroom.1 I believe the driver behind this trend is twofold, time and money. To make a living or even determine what you want to do for a living, you learn. Once you find what you want to do for a living, online learning provides the flexibility to continue to hone your skills and knowledge.

 

Here, in the Ciena Community, we enjoy sharing in collaborative online learning 365 days a year with the 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018, as well as, by asking and answering questions.

 

How has online learning or Ciena’s online learning series impacted you professionally? Below are some thoughts on online learning from other members of the community. Add yours in the comments.

 

“In my current role, [Ciena online courses] helped me to perform my responsibilities and duties in a systematic approach. Ciena Learning wakes you up for a continuous learning process through collaboration and interaction with various people located in different regions. It motivates a lot to invest ourselves in continuous learning and with the latest trends & technologies.

 

I strongly recommend Ciena Packet Optical Course for those want expertise in Optical Ciena Packet Optical Product portfolio's.”

 

ABDUL

 

“Staying on top of new and evolving network technologies makes continuous learning a significant part of my job. I’ve found online learning to be an invaluable resource because I can work on a course no matter where I am. I really like the Ciena  courses because they give a detailed look at each topic and are divided into short chunks, making it easy to learn something new even when you only have a few minutes.”

 

Chelsi

 

"To get up to speed on networking I’ve been doing many classes online through learning sites and I was taking the free classes through the Ciena portal to try and learn as much as I can about the devices we run on the network. Online learning is still shaping me in my work position, probably on a daily basis.

 

If you think about it, how many times do you throw something in your search bar to answer a question? I also count reading through forums as online learning, and when they are work-related you can get away with browsing Reddit at work. Then I was a winner of the 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge through the Ciena Community! That means a year of learning access to ALL the Ciena courses. Although I have not dedicated enough time into taking the Ciena courses as I should, knowing that learning is at my fingertips through an online environment makes me know I can learn more skills to augment my job and myself."

 

Kendal


Happy National Online Learning Day, Ciena Community!

 

We’ve enjoyed hearing what you’ve learned this past year with the 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge and look forward to hearing, and learning, more with you! Join our current This Week I Learned: September 7th thread to pass on the knowledge and stay tuned for a new thread every Friday.

 

 

Preview our Top 5 online courses to celebrate National Online Learning Day. 


1. Source: Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States, Allen and Seaman

Happy Tuesday, how was the start of your week?  Below is your update of what's been happening in the community over the past week. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome: Lucian Agapie, Khan Ahmed, Frank Albertz, Tarak Amin, Nuri Bal, Mario Balderrama, Mahesh Bangadkar, Richard Baumbaugh, Rahul Bharti, Phillip Chitwood, Badari Deshpande, David Dolney, Anne Ducey, Bachir El Khoury, Vadim Fasakhutdinov, Johannes Greyvenstein, Gerry Hughes, Michelet Jean-Gilles, wade jones, Cengiz Koc, HIDEHITO KURIHARA, Carl LaFevers, Rodney Leon-Guerrero, james litton, saed malkawi, Jean-Guy Marquis, Marcelo McAndrew, Edier Murillo, Jody Nesler, Marcos Ocejo, Ronald Odijk, Evandro Oliveira, Nuno Oliveira, shane prados, Bryan Rabe, RAVICHANDRAN RAMAN, Darren Reaney, Robert Riddle, Curtis Schongalla, bouchenard sophie, Primoz Stupica, Jon Sumner, Brad Tarno, Rafael Torres, Troy Wise, Cedric Yammine, and Yang Yu!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

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Top Service Ideas with the most votes. (Must be a user of my.ciena.com to view, create, and vote on ideas.)

 

Don't forget to check out our Service Ideas themes:

 

 Submit an idea and receive 10 points to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

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Other noteworthy activity and content throughout the community. 

 

 

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Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Jared August, Reed Bigham, Stanton Burgess, Manuel Damas, Gus Elmer, Steven Fernandes, Roee Gavriel, Niel Greeff, Douglas Green, Wadii GUEDRIA, Mostafa Hesham, takeshi hosoya, MUDDASSIR IQBAL, Bradley Matteson, Michael McGlone, Jing Ping Peck, Matt Rocker, Scott Root, Massimiliano Troiani, James Uhrlaub II, Manoj Wadhwa, and SHINICHI YOKOTE!

 

Quote

One fails forward toward success.
Charles Kettering

 

Acronym

 

DP-QPSK

Only one week left to participate in I Love Acronyms: DP-QPSKBe sure to check it out and reply with what you think DP-QPSK means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Day

It's time to put on your headset and grab your controller/mouse because tomorrow, September 12th, is National Video Game Day! On this day, gamers gather in person and  to celebrate by playing their favorite video games. Video games have exploded in the past decade transforming from more of an art form to a true industry. Today, people from all over the world and of all ages unite in their passion for playing, some even on teams in e-sport arenas.

 

Did You Know

Blockchain now accounts for over 1% of the entire world's energy consumption. In public written testimony from Arvind Narayanan, a Princeton computer scientist, to the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, the IT industry as a whole is steadily increasing it's global energy consumption from it's current 3.5%, largely due to the increase in blockchain and mining technology.

 

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

 the Synchromedia team. 

 

In today’s networks, survival of the fittest means survival of the most adaptive. In Atlanta this past June 18th – 22nd, Ciena partnered with customers and partners during the exclusive Blue Planet Hackathon to tackle one of your biggest challenges: network complexity. Attendees had the chance to collaborate with Blue Planet experts, network with peers, and improve their developments skills.

 

One team had ambitious goals of tackling all the next generation network needs in one week:

  • PCE
  • Closed loop automation
  • Analytics
  • Machine learning
  • TAPI
  • RA development

 

So, we ask that you please join us in congratulating the Synchromedia team (University of Quebec's Ecole de technology superieure) for winning the Blue Planet Hackathon Aspirational Award.

 

The team led by Kim Khoa Nguyen, Assistant Professor at the ETS Montreal, has achieved the development of resource adapters for the multi-layer multi-domain network orchestrator deployed in the TELUS network. The resource adapters extract data in real-time from L0, L1, and L2, as well as from the boundary links between layers, to visualize a multi-layer network topology, and control network elements. Synchromedia team members included Ana Carilina Riekstin and Tara Nath Subedi.

 

Ask the Synchromedia team your questions regarding their ambitious goals and accomplishments in the comments below.

 

Join Blue Planet DevOps Exchange to learn more about developing resource adapters or check out available  courses to learn, or get a refresh, on Blue Planet DevOps.

 

Interested in attending future hackathons? Send us note.

I'd like to introduce you to one of our Ciena Community ACEsPeter Southwick. Peter has 40 years of experience in the telecom industry with his introduction starting as a toddler. The project he’s most proud of accomplishing is the design of a REN from transport through service. What can you ask him to learn even more about him? How about why he lives in Vermont and why layer 3 is needed – officially ask him in the comments below, I know I can't wait to hear his answers.

 

You can connect with Peter and find recent contributions to the community on his profile.

 

Learn more about Peter in his interview:

 

What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry?

I am a sales engineering manager at a VAR with a HQ in New England. My introduction to the industry was as a toddler, my father was the president of an independent telephone company in far north east New York. I was exposed to the innerworkings of telephony from that time.

 

What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?

  • The Google
  • Product data sheets and implementation guides from the manufacturer's web sites
  • Vendor SEs

 

What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working on, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

  • Most Proud: The design of a REN from transport through services.
  • Looking Forward: A customer driven managed service.

 

If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

Work with computers and networks

 

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Granola

 

What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

  • Personally: Why I live in Vermont?
  • Professionally: Why layer 3 is needed? 

Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed the start of your week, and Labor Day for those in the US!  Below is your update of what's been happening in the community over the past week. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome: Joanne Baldwin, Antony Beltran, Alex Bravo, Jose Bueno, Dwight Burton, Dwain Cagle, Snehal Chaudhari, Rodrigo Costa, Scott Draper, Carl Ellison, Paul Flynn, Brent Goodman, Ben Hooper, Mitchell Jenkins, ilias kolovos, David Ling, Terry McCarrick, Nathan Miller, mohit Misra, Muhammad Nadeem, Hans Nerger, Belu Razvan, Uwe Rehm, Angel Rosas, Christopher Schubert, Kumail Toori, Khoa Truong, Joe Van Havermaat, Donovan Wallace, Cassie Willis, and Bhupendra Yadav!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

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Don't forget to check out our Service Ideas themes:

 

 Submit an idea and receive 10 points to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy activity and content throughout the community. 

 

 

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Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Thomas Cheminel, mokhamad trihandoyo iryanto, keiichi kira, vincent knott, Xena Lappin, Luke Reid, Steven Shirvill, Stewart Sim, Rushil Singh, and johnny yap!

 

Quote

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. 
Thomas Edison

 

 

Acronym

 

DP-QPSK

Did you see that we introduced a new acronym in I Love Acronyms: DP-QPSKBe sure to check it out and reply with what you think DP-QPSK means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Day

This Saturday, September 8th is National Ampersand Day! The ampersand symbol, &, has an extensive history and was even included as the last character in the alphabet for some time. Visually, "&" is a combination of the letters "e" and "t," which together, form the Latin word "et," meaning "and." The ampersand symbol is used by many programmers in languages like C++, Visual Basic, HTML, and Perl. 

 

Did You Know

62 years ago, today, on September 4th, 1956, IBM announced the first-ever commercial hard drive. The IBM 350 Disk Storage Unit Model 1 was the first to use magnetic disk storage and paved the way for the transition from punch card to digital computing. With 4-5 megabytes of available storage, it was also the size of two refrigerators and literally weighed a ton! 

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

Happy Tuesday--How was the start of your week? Below is your update of what's been happening in the community over the past week. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome: Gabriel Benallie, ian brewster, Cristian Castro, xiaoyang chen, Joseph Davis, Scott Feldmann, Dave Fite, Brian Fitzgerald, Greg Gaukin, Shannon Gburzynski, Radu Gherman, Richard Glynn, Howard Hebert, Vijaya Raghavan J, Louise Julien, Rudy Kartolo, Charles Kidd, Toru Kimura, Ingo Kohlmeyer, Kelly Kolson, jean-luc KRIKER, Deepak Kumar, Frank Lombardo, Alberto Petrini, Sorin Puitel, David Radnell, Dana RAFFANIELLO, Scott Ramoly, Linda Smith, Jason Stoll, Jeff Vickery, Kyleigh Wells, and Ahmad Yehia!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

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Most Votes

Top Service Ideas with the most votes. (Must be a user of my.ciena.com to view, create, and vote on ideas.)

 

Don't forget to check out our Service Ideas themes:

 

 Submit an idea and receive 10 points to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy activity and content throughout the community. 

 

 

Browse all recent activity

 

Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community:Emmanuel Ankutse, Nate Bensimon, Mark Blum, Demetrice Britton, Bobby Johnson, LC Lee, william little, Elliott Midnight, chris morgan, Mario Munoz, Dennis OBrien, Simon Scullion, Douglas Tocci, and Edward Weltin!

 

Quote

Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.
Ann Landers

 

Acronym

ASAP

 

Did you see that we introduced a new acronym in I Love Acronyms: ASAP last week? Be sure to check it out and reply with what you think ASAP means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Day

This past Sunday, August 26th, was National Webmistress Day! The term "webmistress" was added to the tech lexicon in the 1990's when a woman named Kat Valentine created the WebMistress.com domain and began running a web development business. While much stigma has been placed on this term, many women continue to work under the job title of "Webmistress" and often include it in resumes. Valentine founded this national day in 2016 to celebrate women in the web development industry and emphasize the legitimacy of the term/title.

 

Did You Know

Yesterday, August 27th, marked the 15th anniversary of the world's largest battery backup which took place in the city of Fairbanks, Alaska in 2003. City-wide blackouts had been a major issue in Fairbanks, occurring every two to three years. The battery backup was designed to keep the city running for just a few minutes in the event of an outage to provide enough time to start up the backup diesel generators. The battery has over 13,000 cells and takes up over 10,000 square feet. It reportedly prevented at least 81 outages in the first two years of operation.

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

hausmus

ACE Spotlight: Chris O'Rourke

Posted by hausmus Employee Aug 22, 2018

He has a reputation for being silly more often than not and after two decades of heavy deadline work and long hours, he’s found levity to be the one place where everyone can take a breather before refocusing and redoubling efforts. Everyone, meet Chris O'Rourke, a Ciena ACE. Chris meet everyone.  

 

You can connect with Chris and find recent contributions to the community on his profile.

 

Learn more about Chris in his interview:

 

What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry?

Network Architect is the current hat I wear for day to day work but like all technical positions spreads out a bit to touch other portions beyond infrastructure. I started back in the mid 90s when I needed a better job to help pay for med school. The paycheck and enjoyment of the work itself quickly helped me switch to a regular college for a CompSci degree.

 

What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?
I'm an avowed infovore so any source of reliable information is useful once you learn to filter it. Currently my go to sites are the Ciena Community forums, followed by other industry vendors and a daily dose of Slashdot to keep me thinking of new things I may not know to put on my plate.

 

What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working on, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

One of my favorite networks involved a bespoke messenger bag company. They've expanded from a pair of retail stores out to an international presence and the network I designed has scaled while meeting all international regulations and providing better logistical support for their stores and factory staff.

Applying the same sort of tactics and strategies to my current project has involved a lot of changing of expectations for shareholders and the team building it out.

 

If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

If you ask my sons I design maps for data that look like a video game but are happy that it means I'm no longer working late or on weekends.

If you ask my wife I stare at documentation and "flurry" through visio, excel, a wait of 4 straight days, and about 41 dry erase markers later I've drafted a multi-state network with all drops notated and all architecture that's required. Until a requirement changes then I start over.

The rest of my friends and family know I do "tech stuff".

The truth is satisfying every stakeholder, end user, and requirement is a tough task that takes a toll but feels better than anything I've ever worked on.

 

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

My tried and true for all around snacking is:

  • Treat: Frosted miniwheats. Great with milk or as a post-workout snack dry.
  • Workday: Crunchy Raisin Bran Perfect for waking up every workday.
  • Saturday morning: Grape nuts with a banana sliced up and a teaspoon of sugar. (I still watch cartoons too)

 

What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

Being a parent to 2 awesome sons
Rudimental percussion
Video Games (from FPS to RTS to MMO I play 'em all)
Dark Chocolate Strawberry Banana Bread
Pacific Northwest tourism (visit, seriously do it)

Happy Monday! Here is your weekly update of what's been happening in the community since last Monday. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome: John Griffiths, Darryl Hawkins, Abraham Ramirez, AnnMarie Clattenburg, Michel Schmit, Chris Murray, Olivier Zimmermann, Javier Borja Cruz, Jo Andreas Lien, sandy beland, Gene Morisak, Frank Bulk, Pia Hoppenberg, John Cherney, Tom Sims, francois-xavier soulie, Richard Snowden, Marcelo Godoy, Kip Swaringen,Mahendra pal Singh, Moz Aslam, John Spradling, Cristian Diaz, Yevhenii Preobrazhenskyi, Hoan Khieu, Sapeta Cartwright, Eugene Harris, Michael Miller, John Baker III, Benjamin Higgins, Paula Abney, Patrick Kramer, Alana Nelson, Nuutti Varis, David Thor, Kian Foung Heu, and Terry Tomlinson!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

Most Views

The most popular questions based on your views: 

Browse all open questions.

 

Most Votes

Top Service Ideas with the most votes. (Must be a user of my.ciena.com to view, create, and vote on ideas.)

 

Don't forget to check out our Service Ideas themes:

 

 Submit an idea and receive 10 points to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy activity and content throughout the community. 

 

 

Browse all recent activity

 

Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Ivan Amigo, Henry Barnard, Matthew Bennett, Shawn Caron, Jason Ciotti, Arun Govindan, Gaurav Jain, Stanley Jaison, Steve Jensen, Ted Jones, Shibu Kalidhasan, Shigeaki Maeda, Kevin McGarrell, Julian Ospina, Mark Pilkington, Nick Tabino, and junjun zhou!

 

 

Quote

Happiness is a direction, not a place.

Sydney J. Harris

 

Acronym

ASAP

 

There's a brand new round of I Love Acronyms: ASAP that just went live! Be sure to check it out and reply with what you think ASAP means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Day

Today, August 20th is National Radio Day, a day to recognize the invention of the Radio, a pioneer in wireless tech. Radios were initially used for military and other public service functions, and later for music and entertainment programming. There are tens of thousands of radio broadcasting stations all over the world today, though the popularity of podcasts and other types of internet audio entertainment has surged in recent years.

 

Did You Know

Yesterday, August 19th, marked the 14th anniversary of Google's IPO in 2004. On that day, Google sold over 22 million shares at a starting price of $85 and closed the market at $100.34. Google's IPO produced many overnight millionaires and even a few billionaires.

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

hausmus

ACE Spotlight: Leandro Milocco

Posted by hausmus Employee Aug 15, 2018

This week, I’m pleased to introduce you all to Leandro Milocco, a Ciena Community ACE. Leandro has been in the networking industry for 17 years with a focus on DWDM the last 8. He's proud of his recent efforts in learning DWDM with Corestream, 4200, and 6500 and is most looking forward to learning about Blue Planet. I’m sure many of us can relate to this too (I know I can!), but he starts his day with coffee, a little more coffee, and even more coffee AND our passion for discussing our work sometimes bores our family.  

 

You can connect with Leandro and see some of most recent contributions to the community on his profile.

 

Learn more about Leandro in his interview and ask him more about his experience with 4200 and 6500:

 

What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry? 

Well, my current role is difficult to explain but we could say that I am in pre-sale and post-sale.
I started networking 17 years ago and in the last 8 years, I’ve worked with DWDM.

 

What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?
My favorite sources are the clients and their strange problems or requirements!!

 

What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

In my last years I have acquired a great knowledge in DWDM with Corestream, 4200 and 6500 equipment. Now my challenge is to understand Blue Planet and specialize in that.

 

If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

It's better not to ask them! they will say that I am crazy and they will only say that I work on the Internet, it is difficult to explain what I work! When I want to explain they get bored right away and they do not understand my passion!

 

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Coffee, coffee and maybe...coffee!

 

What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

In my work we deploy and maintain Service Providers networks, they have networks of 4200 and 6500 devices, we work with banks with encryption cards and 1C and MCP.

Happy Monday, Ciena Community! Welcome to a fresh week and to this edition of our Community Happenings blog! Below is your weekly update of what's been happening in the community since last Monday. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome: Rezwan Ahmed, Nelmar Alvarenga, Carl Andress, Joseph Arena, adam bono, Leon Brown, Austin Campbell, Jeff Cerda, Amar Cherukupalli, Nick Davies, Александр Занозин, Daniel English, Edward Forrest, anthony gan, Angelo Germoni, Daniel Gonzalez, Richard Green, Lukman Hakim, Dustin Howard, Chris Hutchings, raman jagga, John Kent, Challa Kranthi Kiran, Neil Leisenheimer, Michael Lemelin, Jeremy Lowrey, Alfonso Malaga Ortiz, Ramon Gerardo Maldonado Basilio, pablo mariani, Joseph McCain, Leticia Mendoza, John Montesjardi, David Nolle, Lawrence Rawlings, juan rodriguez, Mohit Rusia, Chris Schuette, Dirk Schwertfeger, Chungsun Sham, ramya sri, tom strain, MAURICIO SUGUI, Attila Szentpétery, Prabhakaran Thiyagarajan, Nathan Thompson, Peter Webbe, Jennifer Webster, Matthew Windley, Ricky Wright, and Allan Zinkula!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

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The most popular questions based on your views: 

Browse all open questions.

 

Most Votes

Top Service Ideas with the most votes. (Must be a user of my.ciena.com to view, create, and vote on ideas.)

 

Don't forget to check out our Service Ideas themes:

 

 Submit an idea and receive 10 points to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy activity and content throughout the community. 

 

 

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Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Jorge Aquino, Brad Boston, Emerson Carneiro, Howard Drew, Ben Earle, hany elshamy, Jerry Green, christian langlois, Roy Nak, Michael Peel, Dan Reffett, Dave Salatino, Paul Schaefer, Thomas Walsh, Grahame Wright, and  Jiejun Zhang!

 

Quote

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

Charlie Chaplin

 

Acronym

SHx

 

Only one more week to participate in I Love Acronyms: SHx! Be sure to check it out and reply with what you think SHx means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Day

Knock, knock...who's there? It's National Tell A Joke Day this Thursday, August 16th! They say laughter is the best medicine, and to a certain degree, the age-old saying is actually true! Laughter engages the abdominal muscles and even releases endorphins into the brain. Jokes, themselves, have been around in human culture dating all the way back to 1900 B.C. Sumer. Comment below to share your favorite joke, and be sure to check out What is your favorite engineering joke? for some industry-related inspiration!

 

Did You Know

37 years ago, yesterday, August 12th in 1981, IBM introduced its first personal computer, the IBM PC Model 5150. This model was developed in under a year by a team of 12 in hopes of maintaining a customer base in the rapidly growing PC market while working on developing a "real" PC. However, because of their rush to get to market, the developers were allowed to work outside of the standard IBM protocols regarding things like the use of "off the shelf" components, making the software less reliable and easily replicated. They never did get to develop their "real" PC and have since been stuck with the reputation of frustrating and error-prone products. 

 

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

hausmus

ACE Spotlight: Brian Johnson

Posted by hausmus Employee Aug 8, 2018

Ciena Community meet Brian Johnson, Brian meet the Ciena Community!  Brian is one of our first Ciena Community ACE and is a Field Systems Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in the industry. He has extensive experience in packet and IP networking and knowledge in Carrier Ethernet, so if you have questions on it, he’s one of our community experts.

 

You can connect with Brian and see some of most recent contributions to the community on his profile.

 

Learn more about Brian in his interview:

 

What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry?

I have been a Field Systems Engineer with Walker and Associates for 3 years. I was previously an operations engineer and an operations supervisor for several regional telephone operators over the previous 20 years.

 

What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?
I use a lot of the vendor supplied documentation. I am in constant conversation with network operators and use their experiences to help vendors with their products. I also use Google searches as a source of outside details on products and experiences, as I'm sure we all do.

 

What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

I have assisted many customers with packet-optical solutions over the past three years and have implemented several solutions while in operations and have designed/engineered several solutions for our own use cases over my career.

 

If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

My wife says I'm the computer guy and my kids call me the Internet guy. Most other people who know me say I'm the guy who is always flying somewhere.

 

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

At home it's eggs and bacon, but on the road it's oatmeal and toast.

 

What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

I have extensive experience in packet and IP networking and a great deal of knowledge around Carrier Ethernet (MEF-CECP).

Happy Monday! As we kick off the month of August, I'm excited to share an opportunity for those who wish to make optical networking knowledge their new superpower! Download Ciena's Optical Networking Super Bundle for free today to get the latest updates and developments in the industry on topics such as 400G, FlexE, FlexO, and more!

 

Now, here is your weekly update of what's been happening in the community since last Monday. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome: Darryle Baker, Olivier Blanchette, Forrest Born, RAMAKRISHNA BOYA, Jorge Luiz Meirinho Cardoso, Jerry CHAN, abdul khaliq choudhry, Sheila Colletta, Joshua Culp, peter dadge, Ron DeAlmeida, Abdel el Anazi, Tareq Elsayed, gary engelke, friedolin esslinger, Jorge Fernandez, Steven Gilliland, CRISTIAN GUTIERREZ, Austin Harsh, Roman Hartung, Patrick Hogan, Jeremy Jones, Donnie Jones, Gregory Katsaros, Mark Kraus, Brett Krueger, Massimo Manna, Daniel Monteith, Nathan Murdock, mark nordberg, Ade Raditya, Meftah Ur Rahman, Rahul Rawat, William Robertson, Demond Savoy, michael schafer, Pallavi Sinha, Sherif Sorour, Mark Swilley, Isaaac Valdez, Jonathan Walker, paul williams, and Colin Wilton!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

Most Views

The most popular questions based on your views: 

 

Browse all open questions.

 

Most Votes

Top Service Ideas with the most votes. (Must be a user of my.ciena.com to view, create, and vote on ideas.)

 

Don't forget to check out our Service Ideas themes:

 

 Submit an idea and receive 10 points to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy activity and content throughout the community. 

 

 

Browse all recent activity

 

Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Marc Barbotin, Gerald Bloch, Ben Cheng, Darren Fox, Greg Hill, Mark Jones, Marcel Khoury, Adam Kujawski, Imed Lassoued, Joel Magee, scott mccormick, James Paul, Serguei Protsenko, David Vázquez, and German Vite!

 

Quote

Man only learns in two ways, one by reading, and the other by association with smarter people.

Will Rogers

 

Acronym

SHx

 

What's a better way to kick off our first full week of August than with a new telecom acronym? Be sure to check it out and reply with what you think SHx means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Day

This Thursday, August 9th, is National Book Lovers Day! This day is a celebration of our most treasured books, whether they be fiction or non-fiction, the enjoyment we experience, and the knowledge gained when reading them. Before industrial printing technology became advanced enough to reasonably produce many copies of a book, most people, especially those who weren't extremely wealthy, only had select access to books through public libraries. Public libraries have been around since the Middle Ages and often kept their valuable collections of novels and books chained to shelves and desks to prevent theft. Leave a comment below and let us know what you're reading right now, or a book you've been wanting to try, to celebrate learning and reading with the Ciena Community!

 

Did You Know

Today, August 6th, 97 years ago in 1921, the broadcasting station KDKA aired the first ever baseball game on the radio. Harold W. Arlin, an American engineer, provided commentary for the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies from Forbes Fields in Pittsburgh. Arlin went on to be the first salaried, full-time sports broadcast announcer in the world.

 

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Have you ever been frustrated when using an app or website because of poor navigation features? Have you ever been wowed by the intuitiveness of a site/app's navigation capabilities? Do you have an idea for streamlining and simplifying navigation? If the answer to any of the above questions is yes, or if I have perhaps sparked your interest, be sure to check out our new Service Idea theme: Navigation, simplified to submit and vote on navigation-related ideas! 

 

Who doesn't love SWAG? Submit an idea and receive 10 votes in any theme to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

Now, here is your weekly update of what's been happening in the community since last Monday. Please join us in welcoming new members to the community, celebrating those with one-year memberversaries, and joining the conversation with a new question, idea, like, comment, follow, or vote. Have a great rest of your week! 

 

 

Hello and Welcome

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the Ciena Community! Welcome: Nino Alagic, Lance Allison, Kiflom Bezabeh, Charles Breverman, Steve Cartwright Roberto Ciena, Robert Cordova, Chris Corneil, Pallab Das, John DeLoach, Nicholas DePriest, Peter Edlund, Aditya G, Vincent Gin, Pamela Gunning, Brijnandan Gupta, Milan Jelicic, Tyler Johnson, Muhammad Khan, Rohan Khanna, Fu Khounnoraj, Ankesh Kunwar, lele li, Gowtham M, Praveen Mallikarjun, christopher morris, Michael Morrison, Hector Nuñez, Adeyemi Olaosebikan, Sui Yau ONG, Vivian Peh, Brian Pottebaum, Geovani Quintana, James Rice, Patrick Roog, Michael Ryder, Martin Saenz, Rodney Shrader, AJAY KUMAR SINGH, Andrew Smith, Steven Solar, Arif Sudrajat, Hideaki Tokoro, Shane Welck, Matthew Wishall, Manoj Yaduvanshi!

 

We're so glad to have you and would like to extend an invitation to share something about yourself and your favorite Ciena products, as well as learn more about other members of the community on our introduce yourself thread!

 

Most Views

The most popular questions based on your views: 

 

Browse all open questions.

 

Most Votes

Top Service Ideas with the most votes. (Must be a user of my.ciena.com to view, create, and vote on ideas.)

 

Don't forget to check out our Service Ideas themes:

 

 Submit an idea and receive 10 points to win the exclusive Service Ideas "I'm an idea person" t-shirt.  Learn more

 

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy activity and content throughout the community. 

 

 

Browse all recent activity

 

Of The Week

Memberversaries

Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Syed Ghazanfar Abbas, Kazi Tanvir Ahamed, Rashmi Arora, Christopher Baleta, John Boyce, Rafaela Carvalho, Wayne Freeman, Umair Hafiz, Dennis Hock, Donald Jarmon, Rajith Medagani, Dane Miller, Jonathan Nakandala, Rodney Narazzaki, Roger Nelson, Jacqueline Nicolai, kannan raman, Carmen Rata, Malika Rochester, Thierry Royer, emmanuel sarris, Erik Sips, Doug Slone, Richard Stallard, Antxon Urrutia, Ben Wallerstein, and Linus Wallner!

 

Quote

Beer's intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it.
Ray Bradbury

Acronym

SD-FEC

 

Only one more week left to participate in this exciting round of I Love Acronyms: SD-FEC! Be sure to check it out and reply with what you think SD-FEC means in telecom for a chance to earn points toward round three of 52 Weeks of Learning

 

Click the link to go to 52 Weeks of Learning Challenge: 2018 for more content and activities like this, and to see how you can compete for the opportunity to win a one-year subscription to the Ciena Learning Develop Series – more than 75 courses on Packet-Optical, Packet, and Software!

 

Day

This Friday, August 3rd, is known globally as International Beer Day (IBD)! Beer lovers and aficionados from all over the world will gather in bars, pubs, breweries, and backyards to celebrate their favorite bartenders, brews, and brands. IBD is the perfect opportunity to raise a glass to the summer and rejoice in the awesome that is your favorite brew!

 

Did You Know

Yesterday, July 29th marked the 104th anniversary of the first transcontinental phone call? On that day in 1914, a test call was made successfully from San Fransisco to New York. The physical consruction of the lines was completed on July 27th, however, commercial service did not begin until January 25th of the following year because AT&T delayed the launch to coincide publicizing with San Francisco's 1915 World Fair. 

 

Have a great week and keep networking! 

hausmus

ACE Spotlight: Tom Engels

Posted by hausmus Employee Jul 25, 2018

I'd like to introduce you all to Tom Engels, one of our Ciena Community ACEs. Tom lives in Belgium and works in the Netherlands, he has his hands full with three children, and enjoys running. He is currently the Principal Consultant at Telindus with 19 years of network experience and can also add author to his list of accomplishments with an article recently published on Network Insights: What criteria does a layer 1 encryption solution need to meet?

 

You can connect with Tom and see some of most recent contributions to the community on his profile.

 

Learn more about Tom in his interview:

 

What is your current role? How did you get started in the industry?

Principal Consultant. It started 19 years ago as a GSM engineer, responsible for BTS/BSC/MSC maintenance. Moved to the backbone (SDH) business quickly. Built the first Marconi 10G DWDM network for BT. Had different roles: engineer, support engineer, technical consultant, sales engineer and Principal Consultant.

 

What are your favorite sources of information to do your job?

 

What projects, or initiatives, are you looking forward to working, or you’re most proud of accomplishing?

  • Look forward to move from automation to orchestration
  • Engagement with Ciena as VAR / MSP / Service Partner

 

If we ask your friends and family, what would they say you do at work?

I work in sales at Telindus in Utrecht. I'm responsible for the Optical business. Optical connections are required to transport big amounts of data. Optical technology connects you to the internet, Netflix and Facebook.


I'm taking care of Connectivity Business Development, Design, Marketing, Sales enablement, alignment with technical operations but also with the vendor. (spider in the Web) I'm working in the pre-sales team as a Principal Consultant, driving the Connectivity business.

 

What’s your favorite breakfast cereal?

Granola

 

What should Ciena Community members ask you about?

How to Pitch Connectivity with encryption