FONEX Signs Partnership Agreement with Cyan

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FONEX Data Systems and Cyan fuse critical links in carrier environments

FONEX Data Systems Inc., a leading telecom equipment supplier focused on providing solutions for access and metro-edge portions of the network, and Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), a global innovator of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical solutions for network operators, announced today that FONEX is representing Cyan as a Value Added Reseller (VAR) to address network evolution and orchestration challenges for Canadian and European service providers.

Since its founding in 1989, FONEX has continuously delivered optimized network infrastructure design solutions to top industry service providers. FONEX’s collective knowledge of network architectures, industry standards and emerging technologies, are all used to design customized, innovative and cost-effective solutions that resolve customers’ technical and operational requirements. “Our customers are looking for us to provide and deliver next-generation technology as part of our solutions portfolio. Cyan’s demonstrated industry leadership with their carrier-grade Blue Planet SDN software and scalable Z-Series packet-optical platforms are a perfect addition to our portfolio,” stated Pasquale Ricciardi, Director, Technology & Product Management at FONEX.

"Canada and Europe are rapidly growing markets as service providers look to modernize their network infrastructure," said Eric Clelland, co-founder and vice president of North American sales, Cyan. "FONEX and Cyan share a common customer-centric philosophy, and we look forward to bringing our technology to the region with this new partnership."

Cyan’s solutions represent the intersection of two tectonic shifts currently underway in the networking industry: SDN, which strives to simplify and automate networks, and packet-optical transport, an architectural approach that reduces network complexity and bypasses routers when possible. This construct provides a foundation for transformation to more profitable and efficient software-defined networks.

The addition of Cyan’s solutions will enhance FONEX’s expertise and integration capabilities by providing a new line of products that will achieve the best cost versus performance solution for customers. "FONEX is excited to be working with Cyan to uncover practical, real-life applications for SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) that will drive immediate value for our customers. We believe that Cyan’s packet-optical solutions, combined with their Blue planet platform, will further strengthen our position to deliver end-to-end carrier Ethernet solutions," states Pasquale Di Pierro, President & CEO of FONEX. "Cyan’s enhanced approach is based on real-world carrier environments that rely on combinations of Ethernet, SONET/SDH, OTN and DWDM technologies. Together, we can offer network operators the necessary hardware systems along with a central software platform that will support all network applications."

About FONEX Data Systems Inc.

FONEX is a leading carrier-class telecom equipment supplier focused on delivering optimized network infrastructure design solutions. We specialize in providing purpose-built access, metro edge and CPE fiber optic network solutions to network service operators with the latest cutting-edge devices from top industry manufacturers. With our combined collective knowledge and integration capabilities, FONEX provides the technical expertise needed to troubleshoot, analyze and design systems that achieve the best cost vs. performance solution for our clients’ requirements. We also offer network design and staging support services. FONEX supports organizations in Canada, US, France and Italy. For more information, please visit

About Cyan

Cyan enables network transformation. The company’s software-defined network (SDN) solutions deliver orchestration, visualization, and scale to networks that, until now, have been static and hardware driven. Serving carriers, enterprises, governments, and data center operators globally, Cyan’s open platforms provide multi-vendor control and visibility to network operators, making service delivery more efficient and profitable. Cyan solutions include Blue Planet SDN software, Z-Series packet-optical transport platforms, and Cyan Pro professional services. For more information, please visit or follow Cyan on Twitter at @Cyannews. Cyan is listed on NYSE (CYNI).

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FONEX Data Systems Inc.
Karen Walker
Specialist – Marketing & Communications
514-333-6639 x 232

Cyan Inc.
Joe Cumello
Chief Marketing Officer

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