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The Adaptive Network™

Users’ ever-increasing expectations—and the technology breakthroughs that continue to feed them—have created unprecedented levels of pressure and complexity for today’s network providers. Some strategic approaches suggest that complexity is the enemy, and that an automated network is the answer. Ciena takes a broader view. While automation is a critical element, it must be part of a holistic, connected approach in order to be truly adaptable today, and better prepared for tomorrow.

The Adaptive Network is the ultimate network end-state that utilizes a combination of intelligence, software control and automation, and a programmable infrastructure. Guided by data-driven analytics and intent-based policies, it is set up to rapidly scale, self-configure, and self-optimize by constantly assessing network pressures and demands.

Yes, automation is critical in order to survive—but if the goal is to thrive, that takes adaptation.

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What is the Adaptive Network

The Adaptive Network is a new approach that expands on autonomous networking concepts...

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Adapting your network to a changing global landscape

With unprecedented new demands being placed on our network infrastructure, it’s more ...


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Introducing the Adaptive Network Vision

Users’ ever-increasing expectations—and the technology breakthroughs that continue to...



The Adaptive Network - Mastering Complexity

Every minute, thousands of devices are connecting to your network. Phones. TVs. Smart...