PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 1, 2012) - Cyan, a global innovator of software-defined metro network solutions, announced that it has once again been recognized by The Wall Street Journal on its "Next Big Thing" listing of the top 50 private companies in the U.S. Culled from over 5,900 candidates, the third-annual ranking recognizes the leading technology innovators across a range of fields, identifying those with the potential to remake their respective industries. Among the top 50 companies, Cyan finished highest among metro network solution suppliers, a space that includes wireless backhaul, cloud data center interconnect, business Ethernet, and broadband middle mile.
Cyan CEO Mark Floyd stated, "We are extremely pleased to be recognized once again by The Wall Street Journal for the innovative work we have done. With over 100 customers globally, including some of the largest carriers in the world, it is clear that our customers have already recognized this."
Cyan solutions represent the intersection of two tectonic shifts currently underway within the broadly defined networking industry:
- Packet-optical transport. An architectural approach that bypasses routers wherever possible, dramatically reducing cost, often by more than 50 percent, and complexity. Forwarding traffic at the Connection Oriented Ethernet (COE), Optical Transport Network (OTN), or lambda layers also allows for ultra-low-latency services and superior bandwidth utilization.
- Software-Defined Networking (SDN). SDN strives to simplify and open networks by removing proprietary control planes from legacy network elements and replacing them with a network control plane using protocols such as OpenFlow to orchestrate connections and services over cost-optimized, multi-vendor networks. This construct also enables the development of third-party applications, thereby allowing service providers to customize and differentiate their networks.
At the vanguard of these two trends, Cyan has been building large-scale, multi-layer, multi-vendor networks since 2008. In many cases, Cyan customers rely exclusively on Cyan software to manage network equipment from other vendors.
Cyan is global supplier of software-defined metro network solutions that include multi-layer packet-optical transport platforms, software and SaaS systems, and comprehensive professional services. With deployments around the world, Cyan customers include multi-million-line local-access service providers as well as operators of regional transport, business Ethernet, wireless backhaul, data center, and cable MSO networks. Cyan helps service providers scale, extend, and simplify packet-based networks for more profitable service offerings. For more information, please visit www.cyaninc.com or follow Cyan on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CyanNews.