Community Happenings: Week Ending 6/30

Blog Post created by hausmus Employee on Jul 3, 2017

Hello and welcome to July! Tomorrow, July 4th, is Independence Day in the United States and a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The holiday is always celebrated with impressive displays of fireworks and I always wondered why. It is all because of John Adams.


Adams wanted us to celebrate with “Illuminations from one End of this Content to the other from this Time forward forever more” before the Declaration of Independence was even signed. The first commemorative Independence Day fireworks were set off on July 4, 1777 and 240 years later, we're still doing it. 

Due to the holiday this week, please note that many people are on holiday and there may be a delay in responding to new questions. However, know that we’re still actively moderating and we’ve received your question and you should receive a response soon. If you need immediate assistance, please contact our Ciena Technical Support.

Here is your summary of what happened last week in and around the community.



Hello and Welcome

Hello and welcome to our newest members! Welcome: Sumukh AM, Mike Bates, Jeffery Cole, Nirupama Damodaram, Matt Ertle, Bruno Guennoc, Alan Hamon, Robyn Hollingworth, David Hrobsky, Jason Humble, Pieter Janse van Rensburg, Christopher Johnson, Hans Hyunggun Kim, Peter Lyttle, Antony Prabhu Mani, Stephen McNally, Man Nagarajan, SING CHOONG PUN, Sumathi Raman, Adriano Ramos, Kanwarjit Singh, Daniel Van, and Christian Varlet.


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 week were:


Browse all open and answered questions


Don't forget to check out our new Member Spotlight too!! Get to know Leonardo a little more in: Member Spotlight: Leonardo Yepez


I Love Acronyms

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




To join the challenge, post what LEAF represents in a comment at: I Love Acronyms: LEAF. 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: MPLS-TP

  • What do you think is the most important aspect of MPLS-TP?
  • What advancements do you see in the future of MPLS-TP?
  • Is MPLS-TP “tomorrow’s network”?
  • How would you explain MPLS-TP to a class of rowdy sixth graders?


Learn more about MPLS-TP and y sharing what it means to your role in telecommunications at: What is MPLS-TP to you?


In Telecom News

  • Envisioning Intelligent Ops - Turning the Dream into a Reality: In the first of a 3-part series on the Road to Autonomous Networks, Ciena’s Joe Marsella details the journey of Our Hero as he struggles to make the dream of an intelligent, self-optimizing network a reality. Read more. 
  • The Top 3 Take-Aways from NGON 2017: What does lemon pie have to do with next-gen optical network architectures? Quite a bit actually, explains Ciena's Helen Xenos. Read more.
  • Carrier Ethernet 101: Speeds, Standards and Services: Carrier Ethernet innovation is moving at an impressive pace. Between the various industry groups and standards bodies, as well as multiple concurrent standards efforts, it’s often hard to keep up. To make sense of it all, our Carrier Ethernet guru John Hawkins gives you an overview of the speeds, standards and services associated with Carrier Ethernet. Read more.
  • Winds of Change in Smart Cities?: Is your Smart City project a technology roll-out searching for a problem to solve, or does it focus first on identifying citizen issues that are best solved with technology? Ciena’s Daniele Loffreda reflects on the evolution in what he’s hearing from CIOs and others in the smart city movement. Read more.
  • NFV/SDN eBook: The Perfect Storm of Opportunity is Here: Get your questions answered with Ciena's new NFV and SDN Guide for Carriers and Service Providers, with 35+ pages of insights from our Blue Planet experts. Get the eBook and then ask your questions in Blue Planet


More News:

  • CSPs Pour More Value From the Pipe UBB2020
  • More than 60 million urban Americans don’t have access to or can’t afford broadband internet Recode
  • Network slicing in the spotlight as debate continues over what 5G could be Mobile Europe
  • Not Doing Big Data in the Cloud? Better Get There InformationWeek
  • The world needs more cybersecurity pros, but millennials aren't interested in the field TechRepublic
  • 8 steps to becoming a 'cloud-native' enterprise ZDNet
  • Squeezing the margins Fibre Systems
  • The next generation of cybersecurity professionals is being created by the Girl Scouts TechRepublic


Of The Week


Happy memberversary to the following members celebrating their first year in the Ciena Community: Pierre AUBRY, Sebastien Cubaud, Marvin Dickens, Eric Guidal, Richard Lindsey, John MacAuley, Takahiro Nakatani and Peter Scherbring



If we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin. 

Ivan Turgenev


Well, we know tomorrow, July 4th, is Independence Day, but this week we also celebrate:  National Fried Chicken Day on July 6th and National Strawberry Sundae Day on July 7th. It’s leading up to one festive and delicious week. 


Did You Know

That our smartphone is really making us dumber. It’s now a scientific fact that the “mere presence” of a smartphone can impair your brain’s cognitive performance. Researchers from the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business studied 800 smartphone users and found that even having a phone nearby and face down can reduce cognitive capacity when completing tasks that require full concentration. Best place for your phone to improve concentration? Out of sight, in another room. Learn more about the study and findings.


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