March 08, 2011 08:00 ET

Phoenix NAP Deploys Cyan Packet-Optical Solutions for Scalable, Low-Latency Data Center Inter-Connectivity

Cyan Z-Series Platforms With Advanced Management Visibility and Control Provide the Architectural Scale, and Operational Performance for Demanding Data Center Services

PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) - Cyan today announced that Phoenix NAP, a next generation data center and network access point, has deployed packet-optical solutions from Cyan to inter-connect the company's premier, 90,000-square foot colocation facility with a second data center in the Phoenix area over a dark fiber infrastructure. The Cyan Z-Series platforms provide Phoenix NAP with resilient, high-performance and low-latency transport between data centers to meet the requirements of carrier and enterprise customers looking for flexible, cost-effective data center solutions.

Phoenix NAP offers its clients a range of colocation services and data center options to meet their specific needs. As part of the company's plan to bring more carrier connectivity alternatives into the facility in 2011, Phoenix NAP required scalable and resilient packet-optical inter-connectivity with a second data center in the Phoenix area. After evaluating solutions from a number of vendors, Phoenix NAP selected Cyan's Z-Series packet-optical transport platform (P-OTP) and multi-layer software systems to provide a highly-scalable, low-latency network for transporting customer traffic between the two sites in a fault-tolerant ring configuration, utilizing diverse fiber paths. 

"Our state-of-the-art data center facility was designed with the latest technologies to support disaster recovery and business continuity services with secure, highly reliable network access," said Raman Sud, director, network infrastructure for Phoenix NAP. "Cyan's powerful transport solutions provided the rare combination of ultra-low latency transport, architectural scale, and performance, with simple and flexible operations. When you add in Cyan's incredible customer service, you've got the kind of partner that helps us to meet the diverse needs of our customers while keeping infrastructure costs in check."

(For a video interview with Raman Sud -- director, network infrastructure regarding Phoenix NAP's partnership with Cyan, click here.)

Phoenix NAP selected Cyan's Z-Series platform for its versatile architecture, which economically supports Ethernet, DWDM and wavelength selectable switching for ultra low latency 10 Gigabit Ethernet transport, as well as the ability of Cyan's multi-layer software to more efficiently plan, manage and verify networks. The combination of massively scalable Z-Series platforms with modular "pay-as-you-grow" functionality, and simplified multi-layer management enables service providers and data centers to reduce capital and operational expenses, while scaling networks for new revenue generating services. 

"As a next generation data center facility, Phoenix NAP clearly embraces powerful new solutions for upgrading their infrastructure and scaling their network capacity," said Nick Thomas, head of data center sales, Cyan. "By utilizing Cyan's Z-Series platform and multi-layer software systems, Phoenix NAP is now better equipped to meet the needs of their growing customer base by delivering new higher-performing services, enabling greater visibility into those services and at a lower cost."

About Phoenix NAP
Phoenix NAP, LLC ( is a privately held organization of operational, networking and management professionals that have worked in the datacenter and IT fields since the early 1990s. The company employs a unique approach to providing flexible datacenter solutions that are tailored to meet the differing needs of small businesses and large enterprises. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

About Cyan
Cyan is an industry-leading, global provider of packet-optical transport solutions. When combined with its advanced multi-layer network planning, management, and verification systems, Cyan's packet-optical transport solutions enable service providers throughout North America and Europe to scale, extend and simplify conventional and packet-based networks for more profitable service offerings. Headquartered in Petaluma, California, the Cyan team is comprised of industry veterans with a track record of successful innovation in communications networks around the world. For additional information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at

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