August 14, 2012 08:00 ET

Vocus Communications Selects Cyan's SDN Solution for New Zealand Network Capacity Expansion

Cyan's Revolutionary Software-Defined Network Approach to Packet-Optical Transport Expands Vocus Network's Scale and Flexibility, With a Foundation for Network Virtualization

PETALUMA, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - Cyan today announced that it has been selected by Vocus Communications (ASX: VOC), a leading supplier of telecommunications and data center services to ISPs in Australia and New Zealand, to provide software-defined metro network services for its newly constructed Auckland, NZ network. Vocus, which excels at marshaling advanced software and network technologies to offer superior services with more favorable economics than incumbent service providers, is deploying the Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms and the Cyan 360 software-defined network (SDN) operations system.

According to McDonald Richards, CTO with Vocus, "Rapid and sustained growth in wholesale services have driven the need for more efficient packet-optical solutions to scale network capacity. Cyan's Z-Series platforms and Cyan 360 SDN operations systems exceeded our requirements, and priced out at a substantially lower cost than our other options. Cyan's revolutionary SDN software systems simplify our operations and enable Cyan to provide us with superior technical support to deliver the service quality that our customers require. Further, the Cyan Z-Series platforms give us the ability to scale to 100G and provide a foundation to virtualize our network to support sustained service innovation."

The initial deployment consists of Cyan Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms configured with wavelength selectable switch (WSS) reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexer (ROADM) and 10G service modules to expand service capacity in Vocus' newly acquired Auckland network. Vocus will employ Cyan 360 SDN operations systems to facilitate multi-layer planning, management and performance verification of the network. Cyan's metro SDN solution also supports multi-vendor integration to maintain operational simplicity while using best-in-class ecosystem components.

John Halliwell, Cyan senior vice president of worldwide field operations, added, "As Cyan continues its rapid geographic expansion, we have focused on the technology leaders in each new market. Vocus is precisely that -- a service provider that understands that the best way to offer superior services to their customers and beat their competitors is to employ the most advanced technology possible. With the scale advantages inherent in our Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms and cost advantages afforded by our Cyan 360 SDN operations system, Vocus is well positioned to continue its rapid expansion."

Headquartered in Sydney, Vocus owns and operates a global telecommunications network connecting Australia and New Zealand to the global Internet backbone in the US and utilizes its domestic network to provide telecommunications services to ISP and telecommunications markets. Vocus' additional telecommunications services also include data center storage and dark fiber solutions.

About Cyan
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 or follow Cyan on Twitter at

About Vocus Communications
Vocus Communications is an ASX listed leading telecommunications provider of Data Centre, Dark Fibre, and International Internet connectivity across Australia, NZ and the US. The company provides high performance, high availability, and highly scalable communications solutions, which allow service providers to quickly and easily deploy new services for their own customer base.

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