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CANARIE employs Ciena's 6500 platform for 100G research & education network extension

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CANARIE (Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network) has deployed Ciena's (Nasdaq: CIEN) 6500 Packet-Optical Platform as part of its 100G upgrade and a network expansion connecting Montreal and New York.

Like other members of the research & education (R&E) segment, CANARIE continues to see dramatic growth in data traffic. In 2012, CANARIE said its data traffic grew 83 percent, climbing from 46,149 Terabytes to 84,630 Terabytes in just twelve months.

The majority of its traffic comes from big data projects such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Europe and Canada's TRIUMF facility in Vancouver, a Tier-1 data site for the LHC computing grid.

By upgrading the Montreal to New York, CANARIE said that it will have a higher level of optical transport to support big data streams and foster greater scientific collaboration on projects related to particle physics, genomics and neuroscience. 

"With Ciena's 100G technology, we are able to expand and upgrade the Montreal to New York route of our vast R&E network, while at the same time significantly reducing our operating costs and increasing performance over this busy link," said Jim Roche, president and CEO of CANARIE, in a release. "This is a first step in doing the same at other segments of our network."

For Ciena, this win with CANARIE offers another proof point for its 100G and its 6500 Packet Optical Platform, which was one of its largest revenue drivers in its fiscal second quarter 2013 results. During the quarter, Converged Packet Optical and Packet Optical revenues rose $291.4 million and $57.1 million, respectively. 

For more:
- see the release

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