Ciena is helping CenturyLink migrate to an SDN/NFV environment that will be fully virtualized across its IP core network and data centers by 2018. The new architecture consists of commodity servers used to host various Virtual Infrastructure Management (VIM) platforms including OpenStack and VMware. CenturyLink will use the capacity and performance of its new infrastructure to keep pace with demand on its core network services and ensure customers continue to have positive experiences using its cloud, hosted IT, and high-speed broadband services, as well as video services.