Ciena is also gaining momentum outside of its traditional telecom customer base. More than 35 percent of its revenue during the recently closed quarter came from non-telco customers.
The demonstration is using open APIs to connect the entire system to a programmable optical network SDN orchestrator.
Ciena anticipates that the Blue Planet Division will reach $50 million to $60 million in annual revenue during fiscal 2019, growing to $100 million to $120 million in 2021.
Data center interconnect equipment revenue will increase 85 percent over the next five years, from $2.7 billion in 2017 to $5.1 billion in 2022, according to Dell’Oro Group.
Huawei continues to dominate the worldwide market, with Ciena tops in North America.
The offering is sold as a subscription service in three tiers to provide different levels of visibility and data analysis based on an organization’s needs.
The company is expanding the reach of its SOAS software to boost IP capabilities and integrating Layer 3 expertise from its Packet Design acquisition.
A DonRiver team of specialized OSS software, integration, and consulting experts will form a specialized services group within the Blue Planet Organization.
The vendor would have been No. 3 behind Huawei and Ciena in worldwide optical networking hardware sales. Instead, Nokia snared that spot.
IHS said that the top optical equipment vendors posted more than $1 billion in revenues last year. Worldwide, Huawei remains the market heavyweight.
The company’s SDN technology was chosen by CoreSite Realty to help its customers connect to public and private clouds and to adjust bandwidth as needed.
One trial used the OIF's FlexEthernet client interface standard, the other was based on Ciena's WaveLogic Ai platform.
Company revenues beat expectations but profits were sunk by the skyrocketing cost of goods.
Many Chinese service providers are reliant upon ZTE’s optical gear for their transport networks and backhaul. And switching to another vendor is not that easy.
One analyst said Ciena was the source of the current price war in the optical networking space.