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Ciena Announces Data Migration Managed Service for Enterprise Networks


Flexible solution securely moves data to remote business continuity sites without infrastructure investment

Linthicum, MD – 10/31/2006

Ciena® Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced its Data Migration Managed Service (DMMS), a flexible, short-term solution for enterprise data migration needs built around Ciena’s award winning CN 2000™ Storage Extension Platform and ON-Center® Network Management Suite. Ciena’s DMMS is a total package of technology and professional services for data migration projects, including migration to new data centers and temporary traffic relocation to handle spikes in data due to seasonal traffic, corporate promotions or other large, one-time events.

Ciena’s DMMS provides enterprises with a short-term rental of two or more CN 2000 platforms and ON-Center network management technology, and includes installation, maintenance and de-installation of all hardware and software, as well as 24/7 technical support. Ciena’s Global Network Services (GNS) specialists work closely with enterprise data center managers and storage administrators to make data migration happen on budget and on schedule to ensure overall corporate objectives are met. The solution is available directly from Ciena, through ComSource and also from EMC Corporation.

“Ciena’s Data Migration Managed Service enables our customers to quickly and efficiently migrate and integrate data in a matter of weeks, and without having to make a long-term capital investment in equipment and set-up costs,” said Kevin Hanlon, CEO of ComSource, a Ciena partner with existing customers for the service. “In addition, Ciena’s GNS technicians are knowledgeable, professional and available, helping to free up time for our customers’ database and storage administrators to focus on other tasks.”

Ciena’s Data Migration Managed Service takes the unknown out of the data migration process by providing a solution that works within an established schedule to meet business requirements and provide cost control. The service allows enterprises to use Ciena’s hardware, software licenses and programming resources without incurring the cost of ownership. The service also allows organizations to evaluate Ciena’s storage extension technology and management on a short term basis prior to purchasing new platforms.

“Businesses today are establishing remote data centers for a myriad of reasons, including business continuity and disaster recovery initiatives, M&A activity, and governmental compliance,” said Chris Smith, Ciena’s vice president of worldwide services and support. “Ciena’s Global Network Services has developed a ’just-in-time’ rental approach that allows enterprises to lease our data center solutions as needed - for short-term data migration projects or as a stepping stone to a larger commitment - for quick and easy data migration over wide distances without the headaches or cost of doing it in-house.”

About Ciena’s CN 2000
Ciena’s CN 2000 Storage Extension Platform is designed to cost-effectively extend business continuance and disaster recovery (BC/DR) applications such as synchronous/asynchronous disk mirroring, tape/disk backup, server geo-clustering between multiple data centers, and other applications such as LAN extension and Voice over IP between multiple data centers. The CN 2000 reduces MAN/WAN networking costs by up to 70 percent through integrated data compression on all protocols (FC, GbE, ESCON, FICON), efficient mapping directly into SONET/SDH, and consolidation of multiple applications onto a single channel. The CN 2000 enables enterprises to meet their strict BC/DR requirements through a high-throughput, low-latency solution with complete end-to-end real-time and historical monitoring of the channel and MAN/WAN network.


Ciena Corporation is the network specialist, focused on expanding the possibilities for its customers’ networks while reducing their cost of ownership. The company’s systems, software and services target and cure specific network pain points so that telcos, cable operators, governments and enterprises can best exploit the new applications that are driving their businesses forward.


This press release contains certain forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of the date hereof; and Ciena’s actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied, due to risks and uncertainties associated with its business, which include the risk factors disclosed in its Report on Form 10-Q, which Ciena filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 31, 2006. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding Ciena’s expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies regarding the future and can be identified by forward-looking words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “should,” “will,” and “would” or similar words. Ciena assumes no obligation to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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