April 16, 2013 08:00 ET

COMLINK Employs Cyan Blue Planet SDN System to Launch New Data Center

Software-Defined Network System Enables COMLINK to Deliver Services to Customers With Greater Velocity and Flexibility

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2013) -   Cyan today announced that COMLINK, a Michigan-based hosting and cloud services provider, has selected Cyan's Blue Planet software-defined network (SDN) system and Z-Series family of packet-optical transport platforms to expand its core network and facilitate the opening of a new data center in Grand Rapids. COMLINK operates a 9,000-mile upper Midwest fiber network providing wholesale and business transport services at speeds up to 100Gbps. With the opening of the new data center, COMLINK will be in a position to offer a broad array of transport and hosting services.

According to John Summersett, COMLINK chief operating officer, "We view COMLINK as a software company that happens to operate a large fiber network. As a result, software-defined networking and Blue Planet are critically important for COMLINK and its customers. In addition to reducing our operating costs and facilitating more rapid service turn-up, Blue Planet actually puts us in a position to develop our own apps, thereby giving as a powerful competitive differentiator and a way to add future value to the services we offer to customers."

COMLINK employs Cyan's Blue Planet SDN system in order to better orchestrate services over its complex multi-layer network. COMLINK can also use Blue Planet apps, such as Planet View, to afford its customers real-time and historical views into the operation of their services.

Adds Michael Hatfield, Cyan President, "COMLINK is setting the benchmark in terms of what advanced network and data center operators can accomplish by utilizing software as a means to differentiate. The bottom line is that they now can deliver a superior customer experience at lower costs, more rapidly, and with flexibility to evolve into the future."

COMLINKs' fiber network is centered in Michigan and extends into Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. COMLINK's new data center houses the company's Datasphere business hosting service and Medisphere medical services division. Anchored by Cyan's 2.8Tbps Z77 platform, the COMLINK network can deliver wavelength and Ethernet services at speeds up to 100Gbps.

Join us at the Open Network Summit 2013
Cyan will be exhibiting at the Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California, April 15-17. Visit us at booth number 407 and learn more about Cyan's Blue Planet SDN system.

About Cyan
Cyan is a global supplier of software-defined networks (SDNs) for service providers, data center operators, and private networks. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software, Z-Series multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, and Cyan PRO comprehensive professional services. With hundreds of deployments around the globe, including some of the largest telecommunication companies in the world, Cyan allows its customers to scale their networks, reduce costs, simplify operations, and accelerate service delivery. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

With data centers that host clients residing in over 100 countries, COMLINK is a leading provider of cloud services, dedicated and virtual private servers, storage, colocation, all connected over a private, protected Ethernet backbone with bandwidth up to 100Gbps. Using our private fiber network and multiple certified data centers (HIPAA, SAE 16, PCI) strategically located, COMLINK can provide your business with redundant (hot) servers, granular backup and restore capabilities, a true disaster recovery and business continuity plan.

COMLINK's rapidly expanding fiber optic network is headquartered in Michigan and extends through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. With over 9,000 miles of fiber and metro rings extending throughout the areas major markets. COMLINK's Network Management Center is manned 24X7 to ensure the security of our network, the reliability of our services, and satisfaction for our clients. COMLINK provides leading edge services such as optical wave, Ethernet, DS1, DS3, and OCx, DSL. COMLINK offers the premier neutral access and local tandem in Michigan. In addition COMLINK offers an array of voice services; PRI, SIP, long distance, conferencing and hosted VoIP.

To learn more about COMLINK call 517.664.1900, or visit

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