Community Happenings: Week Ending 5/12

Blog Post created by hausmus Employee on May 15, 2017

Happy Monday!! Welcome to a new issue of the Ciena Community’s Community Happenings. Here is an overview of what happened last week in the community and beyond, so you stay informed and find opportunities to share your experiences, feedback and knowledge. 



Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to our newest members! Welcome: Bill Chalk, Lidia Galdino, Adam Gaxiola, Valerie Green, Mohd Firdaus Hamid, Andrey Leonov, Budiarto Lim, Carl McPhun, Sang Nguyen, Brian OConnell, Gene Ralston, Jacob Schmit, German Vite, and Edward Winemiller


We're glad you're all here and look forward to hearing from you! We'd love to learn more about you and invite you to say hello at: Introduce yourself: What Ciena products do you use?


Share Your Experiences

Check out our open questions and share your expertise to help an industry colleague find a solution: 


Have a question? Find your forum and ask the community. 


Our most popular answered questions based on your views last were:


Browse all open and answered questions


I Love Acronyms

We have a new acronym challenge for all of you! Our new acronym is:




To join the challenge, post what HBOS represents in a comment at: I Love Acronyms: HBOS. Points will be awarded to all participants with the correct answer and extra points are awarded to the first correct answer and the most creative answer. Good luck!!


What Is: SDN

  • Why do you think SDN is needed?
  • What do you think the greatest advantage of SDN is to your organization?
  • How would you explain SDN to someone with no knowledge of technology?


Learn more about SDN by watching our new Chalk Talk and join Chris by sharing what it means to your role in telecommunications at: Why is SDN needed?


In Telecom News

  • Three ways to survive the rise of the cloud and ‘big software’: “Applications that were once simple to manage are now rolled out across thousands of physical and virtual machines.These sprawling applications include multiple components, with the potential points of integration spread across the enterprise and out into the wider cloud.” Key lessons for CIOs from ZDNet.

  • Network check-ups critically important to a business’ health: “Network check-ups, like health check-ups, are important. Now, new analytics software makes it easy to check a network’s health and ID issues and remedies.” Learn more from Ciena’s Steve Alexander on Network World.

  • 7 Steps to Big Data Analytics and AI: Operators are turning to big data tools and analytics to analyze the vast amounts of information they’re accumulating in data lakes. Abel Tong shares seven steps to get there, and how Ciena's new Blue Planet Analytics can help. Learn more on Network Insights.

  • 4 questions businesses should be asking about cybersecurity attacks: “As the technology that powers work continues to advance, so do the methods hackers use to take advantage of the world's businesses. While there are specific processes that must be put in place to improve an organization's security posture, business leaders must also be thinking about security at a high level.” Find the four questions on TechRepublic.

  • Research: Global Fiber Broadband Penetration Surpasses DSL, On Track for 1 Billion Connections: “Fiber broadband penetration has been building momentum across the globe. So much so, fiber has surpassed DSL as the most common fixed broadband platform, accounting for 43.2 percent of the global market, research firm Kagan highlights in recently released market research.” Read more on Telecompetitor.

  • State of the WAN: 50% of WAN traffic is in the cloud: “Aryaka’s 2017 State of the WAN report shows the cloud era has arrived in a big way, making SD-WANs business-critical. Companies must adopt this technology or risk falling behind and hurting business performance.” Find more on Network World.



Shout-outs this week go to Leonardo Yepez and Chris O'Rourke for the correct and most creative response to our HSN acronym challenge. Test your knowledge of our newest acronym at: I Love Acronyms: HBOS


Of The Week


Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more. 

Nikola Tesla



Tuesday, May 16th is the one year celebration of the Ciena Community!!


Did You Know

That the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data? According to the Economist, the five most valuable listed firms in the world are Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft - all of which thrive on data. 


Have a "Did You Know" fact that you'd like share with the community? Post is as a comment below. 


Have a great week and keep networking! I look forward to hearing from you.