Samsung partners with Ciena for private network solutions

Network vendor Ciena has announced Samsung is to deploy its solutions to create a private network and connect its offices and employees globally.

Technology service provider Samsung has deployed Ciena’s full portfolio of Packet-Optical Switching, Packet-Optical Transport and Carrier Ethernet solutions.

The partnership is expected to provide Samsung with an enhanced IT infrastructure, in addition to unified network and service management solutions.

Samsung’s Ryu HaeKwang, VP Infra Tech Team, pointed to the risk of network downtime as a key reason for the service agreement. “Unplanned network downtime can not only disrupt customer facing services, but it can also impact revenue and cause long-term damage to our brand,” he said. “With Ciena’s proven solutions and mesh technology, we are able to take control of our network to ensure that our applications are constantly available.”

Samsung cited its reliance on an ageing ATM and MPLS-based network, which was being significantly challenged to deliver optimal network availability in the face of natural disasters as a further driver for Samsung to deploy intelligent technology.

“IT is a critical asset and there is no room for downtime,” said Anthony McLachlan, VP and general manager, Asia-Pacific at Ciena. “Ciena’s solutions are enabling a high-performance, highly reliable IT infrastructure for one of the world’s largest multinational corporations - essentially turning them into their own service provider.”

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