It’s that time of year again. Gather up your pencils, slide-rule, and calculator—and get ready to learn about the latest technology and architecture trends you need to know.

Today’s users expect unlimited bandwidth with no additional cost, and these bandwidth demands shift faster than you can say pop quiz. Your network needs to be able to adapt in real time to these unpredictable requirements to offer your customers innovative services. 

Ciena’s comprehensive Optical Network Master Class Series gives the insights you need to understand how a programmable infrastructure enables more efficiency and scale—and how to graduate to the Adaptive Network™.


In the Lab: Automating the Photonic Layer
Professor: Paulina Gomez

Enroll in this session to learn why network providers are increasingly moving towards a more agile photonic layer to better scale their networks for higher capacity while reducing energy consumption and cost. You’ll dissect the importance of key elements such as ROADMs and Layer 0 control plane and learn how they’re being deployed in innovative ways in example networks today through our ‘show-and-tell’ period of the agenda.

Understanding the Math – Reducing Cost Per Bit with Coherent
Professor: Helen Xenos

Network providers are expanding the role of coherent technology, bringing its scale and ease-of-use benefits to new areas of the network. This evolution is driving the need for divergent requirements moving forward: the need for both performance- and footprint-optimized solutions. Attend this session to understand the important factors driving the cost equation for each of the solution options. You’ll also learn how to match the best coherent solution to specific network applications based on your networking requirements.

A+ Interconnect—New Trends for Top-notch DCI Networks 
Professor: Kent Jordan

Data Center Interconnect (DCI) capacity requirements continue to grow, but does your interconnect network make the grade?  Tune in to learn from the leader in DCI about key interconnect market trends to modernize your DCI network.  Learn how next-gen DCI solutions can scale to fit any application small or large and how process automation can simplify operations and system turn-up. Enroll in this session to ensure your DCI network gets passing marks while delivering superior end-customer experiences, even for the most demanding data applications and services.

Staying Lean and Fit—Enabling the Adaptive Network with Liquid Spectrum
Professor: Paulina Gomez

Wondering where analytics can be used with optical networks to automate manual processes and open opportunities for more strategic planning and development? Put on your lab coat and get ready to learn how you can take a programmable infrastructure, mix in analytics and SW control, and take tangible steps in evolving to the more automated Adaptive Network.  This advanced class combines learnings from previous sessions and features use cases leveraging advanced software applications and analytics that help you gain visibility, automate processes, and increase network capacity and service availability from any given WDM investment. Your network will be in a class by itself.