Itron, a world-leading technology and services company dedicated to the resourceful use of energy and water, relies on advanced communications and back-office applications to keep its team productive. To enable their network to keep pace with demand, they have deployed AT&T and Ciena® Corporation to deliver a managed service designed to improve company network performance and collaboration across its global locations. Ciena® Corporation (NYSE: CIEN), the network specialist, and AT&T, one of the world’s leading data, voice, wireless and Internet services providers will provide a service that allows Itron to better manage, monitor and control its network performance to enable availability and performance of business-critical applications.

“We need to ensure that our team is focused on delivering value to our customers, not whether their communications tools are going to perform as expected, says Chuck McAtee, Itron’s Vice President of Information Technology and Chief Information Officer. In particular, with a finite amount of bandwidth, we need to make sure that our network resources are used efficiently, in ways that drive greater productivity and collaboration.”

The managed service will provide a comprehensive view of Itron’s available network resources and offer a sustainable governance platform to allocate bandwidth consistent with defined business objectives

“The proliferation of network-enabled and mobile business applications gives our enterprise customers new tools to communicate, collaborate and grow,” says Anne Chow, Senior Vice President of AT&T Premier Client Group. “Collaborating with Ciena to deliver this advanced managed service enables us to address our customer’s changing communication requirements while giving them the ability to get the most value out of their network.”