WakeMed Health & Hospitals Increases Network Capacity and Lowers Costs with Ciena Packet Networking Solutions

Raleigh-based health care system upgrades backbone network connecting hospitals, clinics and data centers for improved performance and scalable service delivery

WakeMed Health & Hospitals Increases Network Capacity and Lowers Costs with Ciena Packet Networking Solutions

:Ciena CorporationJamie Moody, 214-995-8035or:Ciena CorporationGregg Lampf, 877-243-6273

Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), the network specialist, today announced that recently upgraded its backbone network leveraging Ciena’s . Using principles of Ciena’s , WakeMed’s network is now more scalable and programmable, ensuring the network will support high-performance applications of the future. The enhanced network equips WakeMed’s hospitals, clinics and data centers with greater capacity to support high-bandwidth clinical and business applications. Since deploying Ciena’s solutions, WakeMed has reduced network real estate and power consumption expenses by roughly 70 percent, which has resulted in approximately 60 percent reduction of the total operating cost for its network.

WakeMed Health & Hospitals is a private, not-for-profit health care organization based in Raleigh, N.C. The 870-bed system comprises a network of health care facilities throughout Wake and Johnston Counties. Centers of excellence include cardiac and vascular care, women’s and children’s services, physical rehab, emergency and trauma, orthopedics, neurosciences, home care and numerous wellness and community outreach programs. WakeMed’s team of 7,750 employees, 1,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 affiliated physicians serve the residents of North Carolina using the most advanced technologies to ensure the finest in health care. For more information, visit .

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Ciena is the network specialist. We collaborate with customers worldwide to unlock the strategic potential of their networks and fundamentally change the way they perform and compete. Ciena leverages its deep expertise in packet and optical networking and distributed software automation to deliver solutions in alignment with OP, its approach for building open next-generation networks. We enable a high-scale, programmable infrastructure that can be controlled and adapted by network-level applications, and provide open interfaces to coordinate computing, storage and network resources in a unified, virtualized environment. We routinely post recent news, financial results and other important announcements and information about Ciena on our website. For more information, visit .

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