Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform strikes again, back in the news after receiving two new industry innovation awards. That raises the total to five industry awards received since this new platform was unveiled last year to address the increasingly urgent service provider requirements for metro Ethernet aggregation and switching.

Today the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards named Ciena’s 8700 Packetwave Platform its Product of the Year, while the Lightwave Innovation Awards has also just given it an impressive 4.5 (out of 5) star rating.

It was only a few months ago that the 8700 took home the 2014 Fierce Innovation Award in the core/transport category, and last year the platform stole the show with the BTR Diamond Technology Reviews, getting both a 5 diamonds rating -- the highest rating possible -- and being named the 2014 Innovation Award Winner.

Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards


The Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards “recognize and honor companies making the biggest difference in the field of energy, environmental, and sustainability management.” Winning the Product of the Year award stands to cement the 8700 platform’s commitment to making cloud computing and data centers more energy efficient across the board. As one of the judges of the contest stated, “Great concept. It is clear that Ciena addresses the energy needs of a market that is going to get more important on a worldwide level, and thus the savings it brings will become more and more significant.”

Lightwave Innovation Awards


The Lightwave Innovation Awards review and recognize optical communications technology, rating each entry on a scale of 0 to 5, the 5-star rating indicating an innovative new product that raises the bar for performance standards. For Ciena, the 4.5 rating makes it one such superb product, one that “provides groundbreaking and new technical milestones.”

Like the previous awards mentioned, a panel of judges – each subject matter experts and influential network operators across the industry – selected winners for both the Environmental Leader Product & Project Awards and the Lightwave Innovation Awards.

Super compact and highly energy efficient, the 8700 is a cost savings reality that any network operator can appreciate. 

Congrats to all our Ciena teams that worked so hard to turn the 8700 Packetwave Platform dream into reality.


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