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Bo Gowan

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Bo Gowan

Head of Digital Engagement

Bo Gowan leads the B2B social media team at Ciena. He is the editor-in-chief and regular contributor for the Ciena Insights blog, and manages Ciena’s social media channels such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.  Bo also leads Ciena’s company-wide social media / social selling training efforts, and works closely with our partners and customers on social-based co-marketing activities.

Bo has built two corporate B2B social media programs from scratch, beginning in 2007 at Nortel and then again in 2010 at Ciena. He brings over 25 years of experience in the telecom industry.

You can find him on Twitter at @BoGowan or on LinkedIn

Insights from Bo Gowan

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Year in review: Ciena’s 5 biggest announcements of 2021

From an uptick in 400G services to new acquisitions and partnerships, Ciena’s Bo Gowan highlights the biggest Ciena news and announcements from 2021.

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Year in review: Ciena’s 7 biggest announcements of 2020

As we close out an unprecedented year, let’s look back at some of the biggest Ciena news and announcements from 2020.

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Predictions: Ciena CTO Steve Alexander looks at the future of networks in 2020 and beyond

Ciena’s CTO Steve Alexander discusses key trends that will shape the industry in 2020 and beyond including, 5G, edge computing, and AI.

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Year in review: Ciena’s 6 biggest announcements of 2019

As we close out another year (and the decade), let’s look back at some of the biggest Ciena news and announcements from 2019.

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Closing the Loop: Ciena closes acquisition of Centina

Ciena has officially closed the acquisition of Centina Systems, which will be integrated into our Blue Planet division. Kailem Anderson, VP of Portfolio and Engineering for Blue Planet, details the crucial set of capabilities Centina brings that

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25+ telecom industry influencers you should be following on Twitter

Looking to stay on top of the latest telecom industry news and insights? Here's a list of the top media and analysts you should be following on Twitter.

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Moving beyond orchestration to full transformation

Adan K. Pope, Chief Information Technology Officer and CSO, Ciena Blue Planet, shares his views on how combining orchestration and federation accelerates digital transformation.

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Predictions: Ciena CTO Steve Alexander on the key network technologies of 2019

Steve Alexander, Ciena SVP and CTO, talks through his predictions for the future of technologies like 5G, AI, software automation, and blockchain.

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Year in review: Ciena’s 8 biggest announcements of 2018

As we close out another year, we look back at Ciena's biggest news and announcements of 2018.

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Ciena’s 2018 Holiday Bundle is Here!

Spend your downtime this holiday season applying the collective knowledge of some of the world’s best and brightest minds in telecom. With this incredible limited time offer from Ciena you’ll get four amazing resources and a bonus gift you

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Preview our Top 5 online courses to celebrate National Online Learning Day

September 15 is National Online Learning Day, and Ciena is joining with others to celebrate the opportunities and advances that online learning provides.

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10 new terms that will help define the future of 5G

5G is coming, and with it a host of new terms and acronyms. We try to make sense of it all with definitions for the ones that matter most for the future of 5G network architectures.

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Coherent optical turns 10: Here’s how it was made

This is the story of how a team of over 100 people in Ciena's R&D labs pulled together an impressive collection of technology innovations that created a completely new way of transporting data over fiber...and in the processes helped change the

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IHS Markit releases latest service provider optical survey, Ciena scores big

In IHS Markit’s new service provider survey, Ciena came out as a leader across multiple categories, including Top Optical Transmission and Switching Equipment Vendor. Here’s a snapshot of the survey results, and a free download of the report

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Year in Review: Ciena’s Top 8 Announcements of 2017

As we close out another year, we look back at Ciena's biggest news and announcements of 2017.

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Ciena’s Ultimate eBook Holiday Bundle is Back: 2017 Edition

Looking for some casual light reading this holiday season as you kick back in your favorite chair drinking eggnog? Well, look somewhere else…Ciena’s ultimate eBook holiday bundle is back and it’s not for the faint of heart.

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25 Big Milestones from our 25 Years at Ciena

As we come to the end of Ciena’s 25th anniversary year we’re hitting the “pause” button to reflect on some of the most important milestones in our history.

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In Their Words: Gary Smith, Steve Alexander & Steve Chaddick on Ciena’s Early Years

Gary Smith, Steve Alexander, and Steve Chaddick, three of Ciena’s most recognized names for a rare glimpse into Ciena’s early days and the stories that made the company what it is today.

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A Peek Inside Ciena’s New Ottawa Campus and R&D Lab

The Ciena team turned out for a day of celebration as we officially moved into our new 425,000 square foot Ottawa campus.

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#Ciena25: The Story Behind the Founding of Ciena

2017 marks Ciena's 25-year anniversary. Here's the story of how it all started back in 1992, with four founding members and a new idea for how to send more data over fiber.

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#Ciena25: 25 pictures from 25 years at Ciena

2017 marks the 25-year anniversary of Ciena's founding in 1992. To celebrate, we look back at the people, pictures and technologies that have made us who we are today.

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Ciena Podcast: The Road to 5G is Paved with Good Fiber

In our new Network Insights Podcast, 5G expert Brian Lavallée discusses the coming of 5G and what it means for the future of networks.

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5 awesome new technologies you’ll see on the Ciena booth at #OFC17

Next week is the OFC’17 Conference in Los Angeles, and Ciena is bringing our Ciena Innovation Lab filled with all the newest technology our R&D team has been busy developing.

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A Perfect Score for WaveLogic Ai from Lightwave Innovation Reviews

An independent panel of third-party judges has recognized Ciena's new WaveLogic Ai chipset with a perfect score of 5/5 stars in this year's Lightwave Innovation Reviews.

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Service providers single out Ciena as leading optical vendor in perception survey

IHS Markit released the results from its annual Service Provider survey of Optical Equipment vendors, with Ciena taking the top spot in a variety of categories.

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Ciena's 9 predictions for networks and tech in 2017

Some of Ciena's most distinguished experts and execs give their predictions for the upcoming year.

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Year in Review: Ciena’s Top 6 Announcements of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, we take a look back at the biggest news from a big year here at Ciena.

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Year in Review: Our 9 Best Pictures from 2016

One of the best parts of our social media program is all the great pictures we get from the Ciena team around the world. Here are nine of the best from 2016.

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Our Gift to You: Ciena's Ultimate eBook Holiday Bundle is Here

Just in time for the holidays, we've made our three most popular technology eBooks available for download, and added two new reference guides, all in one bundle.

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7 Facts You Should Know About Carrier Ethernet

Ethernet has become a ubiquitous networking technology -- if you connect anything that uses data, you’re probably using Ethernet. But how much do you really know about it? We give you seven facts you may not have known about Ethernet and its

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Ciena CEO Gary Smith: Creating a Platform for Disruption

Ciena CEO Gary Smith delves into the constant state of change that people and businesses must face, and how the confluence of the internet, mobile connectivity, and virtualization is creating a “utility platform” that is capable of facilitating

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Openness: Ciena’s guiding principle for customer choice

Ciena CEO Gary Smith details how the guiding principle of openness drives Ciena's innovation agenda and how we solve the challenges of network transformation for our customers.

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Q&A session: Blue Orbit and Service Provider DevOps, what does it mean for you?

Ciena's new Blue Planet DevOps Toolkit is creating a buzz with our customers and partners. Two of our experts explain what it is and what it means for our Blue Orbit ecosystem.

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Relive Summer with Carrier Ethernet Summer Camp

The kids are back in school. The mornings have the crisp feel of Fall. It's true, summer is over. But that doesn't mean you can't relive summer camp.

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Karl Horne Q&A: MDSO is the Key to Rolling with the Changes of SDN/NFV

Karl Horne—Ciena’s CTO for the Asia Pacific region —explains how multi-domain service orchestration (MDSO) is crucial to helping networks...

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Blue Planet Q&A: Services, SDN, and NFV

Ciena's Joe Cumello and Pamela Morgan talk to Telecom Ramblings about their experiences rolling out our Blue Planet portfolio with customers and the professional services that can help them succeed.

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12 Questions Answered about Submarine Data Center Interconnect

As the recent news that Microsoft and Facebook plan to build a subsea cable across Atlantic demonstrates, the need to optimize intercontinental data center connections is more important than ever.

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Overcoming the Top 5 Challenges of Data Center Interconnect

Learn about five of the biggest DCI challenges and how to reduce or eliminate each.

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SubOptic 2016: Ciena's Ian Clarke dives into the submarine networks market

April 18-21 in Dubai is SubOptic 2016, one of the most anticipated events on the calendar for the submarine networks industry. In anticipation of this big event, we talked to Ian Clarke. Ian manages Global Submarine Sales at Ciena, and took time to

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The History of Carrier Ethernet

Ethernet has been around for decades and has claimed the title of the superior Local Area Networking (LAN) technology of choice.

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Ciena Waveserver and 5430 get high marks with Lightwave Innovation Awards

Ciena brought home high marks from the Lightwave Innovation Awards. Both the Waveserver Data Center Interconnect and 5430 Packet-Optical Platforms picked ups 4.5 ratings in the Optical Transport Platforms category at this year’s awards. Click

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Ciena unveils new 6500 T-Series platform with 24 Terabit capacity

Ciena today unveiled Ciena 6500 T-Series, a new higher density version of our cornerstone 6500 Packet Optical Platform, providing up to a Terabit of switching capacity per slot and up to 24 Terabits in a single chassis.

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What is Network Function Virtualization (NFV)?

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) offloads network functions into software that runs on industry-standard hardware and can be managed from anywhere.

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Survey: Network operators still see silos with SDN/NFV

Perceived vendor silos are still an issue for network operators looking to move to SDN/NFV for service virtualization. That’s just one of the revelations from a Light Reading webinar that polled hundreds of attendees on their SDN/NFV needs and

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A Guide to Raising your Carrier Ethernet IQ

Long-time Carrier Ethernet expert and MEF guy John Hawkins gets you up-to-speed on the latest Carrier Ethernet tech with a free 64 page

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WaveLogic Encryption brings effortless in-flight data encryption to the masses

Ciena's new WaveLogic Encryption solution brings simple, in-flight data encryption to 100G and 200G speeds.

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Year in Review: Ciena's 5 Biggest Announcements of 2015

Bo Gowan, Ciena's social media leader, details the top news and announcements from a busy year in 2015 at Ciena.

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New IHS Infonetics service provider survey puts Ciena atop several key categories

IHS Infonetics has released the results from its annual Service Provider survey of Optical Equipment vendors. Here's how Ciena fared in the survey results.

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Ciena voted Data Center Innovation of the Year for Waveserver

Ciena voted Data Center Innovation of the year for waveserver

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Behind the scenes with Ciena’s new Blue Planet architecture

Hear the technology experts that have been working directly on our new Blue Planet architecture over the last year.

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CenturyLink announces network virtualization plans, leverages Ciena Blue Planet Orchestrator

Ciena's Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator is a key part of CenturyLink’s plan to virtualize 40% of its global IP core network locations by end of 2015.

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Detailing Ciena’s massive new 15 Terabit OTN switch

This morning Ciena has unveiled a major update to our 5430 Packet-Optical Platform, giving it a massive upgrade to 15 Terabits of total switching capacity

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Q&A with Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Cyan Acquisition

Ciena today completed its acquisition of Cyan, a leading provider of next-gen software and platforms to enable SDN networks.

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Infonetics: Ciena hitting on all cylinders, leads the pack in market momentum

Infonetics has just released its 2015 Optical Network Hardware Scorecard. In it, Ciena is described as hitting on all cylinders and given high marks for both market presence and momentum.

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Will Netflix Eat Europe’s Bandwidth Alive?

Netflix’s recent rollout in six European countries is now expanding further, with the announcement of Italy, Portugal and Spain as next on the list.

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Ciena unveils a carrier-grade CPE for NFV

Since Ciena announced our NFV solution, Agility Matrix, in December, we have been quite busy working a variety of enhancements to the ecosystem.

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Ciena 6500 first optical platform to achieve FIPS 140-2 Level 3 encryption certification

Encrypting in-flight data is now easier than ever thanks to Ciena's Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 Level 3 certified wire-speed optical encryption solution

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9 Bandwidth Facts from Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends Report

Nine facts and charts we've pulled from from Mary Meeker's 2015 report that focus specifically on bandwidth and Internet consumption.

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Ciena’s new Waveserver: a dream machine for data center interconnect

Ciena introduces the Waveserver™, a compact and purpose-built platform capable of enabling massive multi-terabit bandwidth for metro data center interconnect (DCI).

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Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 and Ericsson help Telstra achieve GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for optical transmission

Ericsson today released the latest progress and accomplishments with its trans-Australian network deployment with Telstra – including a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the longest un-regenerated terrestrial fibre optic link –

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Ovum ranks Ciena #1 worldwide in booming market for data center interconnect

Global analyst firm Ovum unveiled new numbers on the rapidly growing market for data center interconnect with Ciena sitting atop the list serving the market.

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The 8700 Strikes Again: Two New Innovation Awards for Ciena’s 8700 Platform

Ciena’s new 8700 Packetwave Platform strikes again, back in the news after receiving two new industry innovation awards.

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The Metro gets a brand new 100G architecture option

Traditionally, operators have had to choose between two types of photonic architectures when deploying an optical network: a passive, fixed-filter solution or one that deploys ROADMs. Each has its advantages and drawbacks. The rise of intelligent

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Ciena’s new coherent chipsets raise the optical bar again

Ciena has unveiled two new coherent chipsets that represent the latest innovations with our WaveLogic 3 technology.

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Ciena goes web-scale with new coherent, metro and small cell backhaul solutions

This is the first in a series of blog posts detailing Ciena’s new products and solutions tailored for a new web-scale world.

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PTC'15: Ciena’s newest 100G tech further extends submarine capacities, distances

Ciena has unveiled new capabilities for its GeoMesh submarine networks solution that further extends the capacity and distance capabilities of submarine networks.

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Ciena’s Optical Encryption technology goes global

Ciena's latest optical encryption capabilities were on display this week at the GLIF 2014 Conference in New Zealand, where an encrypted 4K video stream was transported 30,000km to the U.S. and back. The demo is a coming out party of sorts for the

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Ciena targets metro Ethernet market with new 8700 Packetwave platform

Ciena has taken direct aim at the metro Ethernet market with today’s unveiling of the 8700 Packetwave Platform

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Ciena at the NYSE: The day in pictures

Ciena ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange and host a group of financial analysts and investors for our 2014 Investor Day.

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OTN Speedwagon: America’s best corporate band

Ciena is the proud home of America’s best corporate band: OTN Speedwagon. That distinction was won at the 2013 FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands...

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Ciena’s new ‘Smart Raman’ provides Raman gain without the pain

Ciena has recently introduced an innovative new Raman solution that eliminates the pain points of previous Raman products and even adds new capabilities.

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Behind the scenes with Ciena’s corporate rock band

Ciena's OTN Speedwagon to play in finals of FORTUNE Battle of the Corporate Bands.

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SONET/SDH is dead – really this time

The age of SONET and SDH networks is nearing an end, for real this time. In the latest reports from Infonetics and Dell’Oro, both analyst firms noted a dramatic 30% drop in carrier spending for SONET/SDH networks

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Ciena 6500: Extreme Packet Makeover Edition

It’s time to rethink everything you know about Ciena’s 6500 Packet Optical Platform. You’ve known the 6500 as our flagship platform for next-gen optical transport, and for good reason.

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A tutorial on Modern Carrier Ethernet

It's not very often that we get deep into the details of technology on this blog -- we save that for our white papers and one-on-one visits to our customer labs.

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What the MEF’s CE2.0 initiative means for the industry

MEF’s launch of CE 2.0 certification is a very rigorous process. Discover what this overwhelming adoption means for the industry and for Carrier Ethernet technology.

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What is an Optical Control Plane?

To help clarify the question of “what is an optical control plane?”, we put together the below infographic that walks through the details. 

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Ciena unveils WaveLogic 3 with 400G: What you need to know

Ciena unveiled WaveLogic 3, the latest generation of coherent optical processors that form the foundation of our next-gen optical transport solutions. It can scale to 400G.

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Introducing the 2-slot Ciena 6500 Packet-Optical Platform

Last month, Ciena made a big announcement dubbed “Intelligent Infrastructure” that detailed the strategic evolution of our packet-optical portfolio. 

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Comcast's new Metro Ethernet service using Ciena gear

Comcast is using Ciena Carrier Ethernet gear to provide Metro Ethernet services to customers in more than 20 major markets across the U.S.

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How much bandwidth does Broadcast HD video use?

One of the most often cited reasons for the global explosion in bandwidth demand is the significant rise in video traffic, and specifically HD video traffic.