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CALIENT-ADARA SDN Transport Network Solution Achieves Elite-Level in Lightwave Innovation Review Competition

SDN Transport Packet Optical Integration Solution Scores 4.5 Points Out of 5 Points as Judged By Panel of Distinguished Industry Leaders

Santa Barbara, CA, March 15, 2016 — CALIENT Technologies, Inc., the global leader for optical circuit switching technology, announced today that its SDN Transport Packet Optical Integration (SDN-TPOI), a collaboration with ADARA Networks, was recognized by the 2016 Lightwave Innovation Reviews with a score of 4.5 out of 5 possible points.

The score was awarded after a comprehensive evaluation by a panel of judges representing optical component and system manufacturers, communications service providers, optical industry editors and industry analyst firms. The judges felt that the SDN-TPOI solution delivered “high value and flexibility as applied to data centers and WAN, and utilizing SDN to optimize resources.”

Presented annually by Lightwave, the Lightwave Innovation Reviews program distinguishes top products and solutions available within the optical networking industry as determined by a stellar panel of third-party judges. Judges include industry executives and analysts from a wide variety of service providers, technology developers, industry analysts, and journalists.

SDN-TPOI allows real-time data flows to bypass the traditional packet-based layer 2/3 network for very low latency transport. Combining the CALIENT S-Series optical circuit switches and ADARA Axis switches deployed on the edges of wide area networks under the control of ADARA’s CloudFabric Cloud Management Platform and SKY Controller, the CALIENT-ADARA SDN-TPOI solution delivers flexible, predictable and cost-effective SDN deployments that provide increased security and performance.

“The major value proposition of SDN in transport networks is in multi-layer network optimization – applying policies in a coordinated manner across all layers to boost throughput, lower per-bit costs and support new service creation,” said Daniel Tardent, Vice President of Marketing and Product Line Management at CALIENT. “The CALIENT-ADARA SDN-TPOI solution is a complete solution that is the first to support multi-vendor, multi-domain, and legacy optical transport deployments. Earning this score is a significant acknowledgement of the innovation that has gone into this solution and the impact it can have for cloud service providers.”

“On behalf of the Lightwave Innovation Reviews, I would like to congratulate CALIENT and ADARA on their 4.5 score,” said Lightwave Group Publisher Rob Stuehrk. “This competitive, unbiased program celebrates the most original and innovative products in the optical networking industry. We are pleased to celebrate the SDN-TPOI from CALIENT and ADARA for it’s meaningful contribution to the optical networking industry.”


For more than 30 years, Lightwave ( has delivered trusted technical, application and business insights to senior-level decision makers for optical communications worldwide. Lightwave serves technology vendors, communications carriers and major enterprises with a complete and nuanced picture of the optical communications business environment. Lightwave is a valued information source for information related to FTTx, networking, equipment design, MSO optics, and test and measurement for corporate executives, department heads, project managers, network engineers and others making strategic decisions that are critical to the success of their businesses. Lightwave is a unit of PennWell Corporation.

About the 2016 Lightwave Innovation Reviews

The Lightwave Innovation Reviews is in its third year of recognizing and celebrating the

industry’s most unique products and solutions that help optical communications professionals worldwide drive improvements and innovation in optical technology. Executives Verizon, LightCounting Market Research, Cisco, Lumentum and Huawei were among the third-party judges for the 2016 Innovation Reviews. Criteria used in the Innovation Awards rankings include, first and foremost, unique technology or application thereof, innovation, ease of use, efficiency, reliability and contribution to profitability

About CALIENT Technologies

CALIENT Technologies is the global leader in pure photonic Optical Circuit Switching with systems that enable dynamic optical layer optimization in next generation data centers and software defined networks. CALIENT’s 3D MEMS switches allow data center operators to dramatically improve utilization rates of expensive compute resources, which typically account for 75 to 90% of investment. Data center operators and metro service providers also deploy CALIENT switches at the edges of their networks to facilitate multi-layer network optimization for maximum efficiency and flexibility. In this application the optical circuit switches support network-wide implementation of SD-WAN regardless of the vendor or vintage of the optical transport system. The company designs and manufactures its systems using the state of art MEMS fabrication equipment at its corporate headquarters in Santa Barbara California.

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