In an article published on January 23, Light Reading’s editor in chief Ray Le Maistre writes:
Being deployed by Verizon, one of the biggest and most influential network operators in the world, is a massive coup for network controller startup Sedona Systems and one that will likely lead to multiple acquisition offers that could tempt the company’s vackers to cash in, according to an experienced industry analyst.
Sterling Perrin, Principal Analyst — Optical Networking and Transport at Heavy Reading , has been tracking Sedona Systems for some time and, while he knew the company had engaged with Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and other Tier 1 operators during the past few years, he was excited to hear about the commercial deployment that was unveiled earlier this week. (See Verizon Turns to Sedona for Transport SDN Management & Automation Smarts.)
“Getting into the labs at Verizon is not impossible — getting into the live network is really difficult,” notes Perrin. “There is no bigger endorsement for a startup than to have a Tier 1 operator of Verizon’s caliber using its technology commercially. It’s an endorsement of the technology and the company and, in terms of an industry endorsement, it’s even better that it’s Verizon rather than, say, AT&T, which has been working with smaller, innovative companies and pushing the envelope for a while. Verizon, though, has been more cautious, taking the approach of ‘This is a telco, we’re going to take our time.’ So breaking into Verizon’s network is a very big deal.”
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