It’s that time of year again. Gather up your pencils, slide-rule, and calculator—and get ready to make your network more adaptive. 

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.


Coherent Optical Report Card
Professor:  Helen Xenos
Tuesday, October 2, 2018; 11:00am ET

The optical landscape is undergoing many changes with network providers looking to deploy coherent technology across new applications to gain increased capacity, reduce transport costs, and improve competitiveness. It’s been one year since the industry’s first programmable 400G system deployments; we’ll start the session by evaluating the impact of this new technology in deployments to date. Before closing bell rings, you’ll also gain an understanding of the future direction of coherent optical solutions.

Engineering Lab: The Evolution of Transport in Next-gen Networks
Professor:  Paulina Gomez
Thursday, October 4, 2018; 11:00am ET

This class dissects how new technologies—including low-cost interconnect and flexible protocols, like FlexE and FlexO—are driving a more optimized, dynamic end-to-end transport infrastructure for service provider networks. You’ll use your microscope to uncover the market dynamics that are driving new ways of evolving large switching architectures, and to analyze specific sample network simulations showing how a hybrid architecture approach leveraging photonic restoration delivers maximum scale at the right cost.

Field Trip to the Data Center: New Trends You Need to Know
Professor:  Kent Jordan
Tuesday, October 9, 2018; 11:00am ET

Data Center Interconnect (DCI) capacity requirements continue to grow—but what are the new technologies that support growing applications in DCI?  Come on our field trip to learn more about key trends in the interconnect market to help you keep up with demand and increase process automation while improving footprint and power efficiencies. 

Liquid Spectrum™: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Adaptive Network
Professor:  Helen Xenos
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 11:00am ET

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 enabling a more automated, adaptive network. This advanced class combines learnings from the previous three sessions and provides a step-by-step guide through several closed-loop automation use-cases 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.

Attend all four sessions and receive a special gift!