Cyan (NYSE:CYNI), a leading provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced that Pica8, Inc. has joined Blue Orbit, an ecosystem of partners focused on proving real-world, multi-vendor, software-defined network (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) applications. “Our customers want proof that they can leverage SDN to perform real-world functions such as moving virtual machines (VMs) between data centers driving the ability to leverage both public and private cloud environments,” said Steve Garrison, vice president of marketing at Pica8. “The Blue Orbit ecosystem enables us to validate interoperability and demonstrate end-to-end solutions that are production ready.” Since 2009, Pica8 has been transforming the data center by providing the world’s first open switching system, which can be personalized to fit any application environment. Pica8 loads PicOS™, its externally programmable switching operating system, which runs on commodity bare-metal switches to provide ultimate cost savings and customization for the data center. “The addition of Pica8 to the Blue Orbit Ecosystem demonstrates the supplier community’s desire to come together and push interoperability testing and real deployments forward,” said Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer at Cyan. “As Blue Orbit continues to grow, we are gaining invaluable insight into how we can help network operators such as carriers, data center operators and cloud companies slash OpEx, launch new services, and deliver a better customer experience.” In June 2013, Blue Orbit was formed to demonstrate interoperability among SDN and NFV solutions from an array of partners to lessen the risk network operators would otherwise face and accelerate the deployment of production SDN and NFV use cases. Blue Orbit partners provide applicable solution elements to Cyan’s California-based Blue Orbit Lab. From this facility, Cyan, Blue Orbit partners, and customers are able to test and demonstrate the deployability of SDN solutions. 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 www.cyaninc.com or follow Cyan on Twitter at http://twitter.com/CyanNews.