Colt and Ciena to offer enterprise managed services in Europe

Ciena and Colt, an information delivery
announced their partnership to extend Colt’s portfolio of
managed security services.

The two companies will enrich security of Colt’s managed
services portfolio with integrated wire-speed encryption capabilities from
Ciena’s Packet-Optical Transport portfolio, enabling Colt’s enterprise
customers to secure and protect their critical business information and
intellectual property.

Colt is
deploying solutions from Ciena’s 5000 Series throughout its regional managed
metro networks to power its assured encryption data connectivity services, in
14 major European markets – including Germany, France, Italy, Netherlands,
Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

With enterprises placing more value on the security of
their intellectual property and data there is an opportunity to help them
safeguard critical data for compliancy requirements, to maintain the integrity
of firms’ business models and protect the companies’ brands.

The encryption capabilities offered by Ciena’s 5000
Series give operators like Colt the opportunity to take early share in the
growing security-oriented networking market and quickly establish competitive
advantage, allowing them to attract new customers in key vertical sectors such
as finance, healthcare, military, government or education,” Peter Newcombe,
vice president of sales, Northern and Eastern Europe at Ciena.

The new offering from Colt and Ciena simplifies the deployment of secure network services for enterprises
by combining optical transport technologies with powerful, standards-based
encryption functionality in a single, integrated infrastructure. Eliminating
the need for standalone network elements dedicated solely to the encryption
function, the solution simplifies network design and management.

Ciena’s 5000 Series offers FIPS-certified,
in-skin encryption capabilities that are protocol agnostic and operate
independently from applications. This allows Colt to run multiple protocols,
including Ethernet, fibre channel, infiniband and OTN, over the same encrypted
link, reducing the number of protocol-specific encryption appliances needed in
a customer’s network and lowering their operating costs.

The new offering also limits latency
generated in the process of encrypting data to just several microseconds,
significantly lower than traditional encryption solutions. The ultra-low
latency capabilities of the solution aides in the reliable and secure delivery
of mission-critical applications, such as those found in financial or
transaction-oriented networks where assured services delivery offers a critical
competitive advantage.

Colt is also taking advantage of Ciena’s
technical ability to separate encryption key management from transport network
management. These segregation capabilities enable enterprise customers to
control their own encrypted links and keys – providing them full ownership of
their private data as well as real-time awareness of potential security alerts
and logs on an end-to-end basis.

With increasing numbers of our customers focused on
regulatory compliance and mitigating security breaches, especially in sectors
such as financial services or government, we’re seeing enormous growth of
interest in high-speed, encrypted data connectivity services,” said Stefano
Maifreni, solutions manager, Managed Networking, Enterprise Services, at Colt.

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