Community Happenings: Week Ending 5/19

Blog Post created by hausmus Employee on May 22, 2017

Hello Ciena Community! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and kicked off a great week. Have any vacation plans coming up? Going anywhere fun? I’m looking forward to an upcoming trip to Florida to visit family. You?


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. 


Don't forget to mark your calendar tomorrow, May 23rd, at 11AM ET, for the The Essentials of NFV and SDN for Service Providers webinar too!! Register here to reserve your spot. 



Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to our newest members! Welcome: Aaron Ackerman, Russell Arp, Benjamin Bachelart, Thilo Bangert, Michelle Brown, Nassef Essalhi, Jan Gritter, Abbas Kanos, Eric Lecoq, George Lesak, Zili Liu, Deepika Nath, Virendra Soni, Marcel Stalling, and Don Tanchin


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

  • Up your IQ: Top 3 signs it’s time to deploy SDN and NFV: Get up-to-speed on the Essentials of NFV and SDN with two experts from Ciena's Blue Planet team this Tuesday, May 23rd at 11AM ET, and in addition you'll get a free copy of our latest eBook: An NFV and SDN Guide for Carriers and Service Providers. Learn more.

  • Getting Ahead of the NFV Complexity Curve with Advanced Visualization: One of the concerns of moving to NFV is that the service delivery model can be more complex than traditional hardware-based networks. ETSI's NFV Release 2 specifications aim to address this by introducing a number of advances designed to improve overall interoperability and operationalization. Kevin Wade details how this crucial effort laid the groundwork for Ciena’s introduction of the new NFV service visualization features in Blue Planet orchestration. Read more.

  • Three Takeaways from the Content Delivery Summit: Last week the content delivery industry gathered at the Hilton in NYC for the Content Delivery Summit to learn what’s new in media delivery infrastructure. This one-day conference, developed and chaired by Dan Rayburn, brings together carriers, telcos, ISPs, and premium content owners for a detailed look at the technology and platforms being used to deliver and accelerate web content. So what were the hot topics on the minds of attendees? Susan Friedman shares them on Network Insights. Check them out.

  • Northern Europe Goes Dark, and It’s a Good Thing: Eastern Light is a Swedish-based company that aims to change how bandwidth is carried around Northern Europe, a hotbed of data center activity, by offering long-haul international dark fiber networks. Learn more from Brian Lavallee

  • Why TLS/SSL encryption techniques are not enough and still expose you to hacking threats: If your in-flight data encryption strategy relies on TLS and SSL, you may not be as secure as you think. That's because these techniques don't encrypt all the data being being transferred, exposing a vulnerable gap within your security strategy. Paulina Gomez details what you can do. Read more.


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Of The Week


Happy memberversary to the following members for celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community with us last week and this week: Ayman Alghamdi, Robert Amrein, Wylie Arnett, Francis Asselin, Tim Bigham, Ryan Boulds, Alain Brouillette, Franklin Cabral, Randy Chamberlain, Michael DeMatteis, Hui Ding, Justin Donovan, Omar Graterol, Dean Heinen, Allan Hull, Fred Jackson, Jeremy Johnson, Ron Landry, Hulon Lee, Junshan Li, Roberto Mendoza, Jason Milliser, Scott Montgomery, Nam Tuan Nguyen, Juan Ramos, Jack Rickard, Joe Salame, Rudy Soto, Roy Turner, Andy Urquhart, and Adam Wild. Thanks for being members! 



It's not a faith in technology. It's faith in people. 

Steve Jobs



On Wednesday, May 24th,  Samuel Morse tapped out the first telegraph message in 1844. 


Did You Know

That last month marked forty years since the first fibre optic link in the world was installed? In April 1977, a link was commissioned between Hitchin and Stevenage and laid the groundwork for the infrastructure today that supports video streaming and many other modern conveniences, such as text, music and images, transferred around the world in seconds. Learn more. 


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.