Abel Tong

Senior Director, Solutions Marketing, Blue Planet, Ciena

Abel Tong is Senior Director of Solutions Marketing for Ciena’s Blue Planet software solutions.  He is responsible for helping to transform networks through the application of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), to deliver value, create new services, and to simplify network operations for Ciena’s customers.

With over 15 years of networking and telecommunications systems experience, Abel is an active blogger, speaker, and thought leader in the industry. Abel joined Ciena through the acquisition of Cyan in 2015. Prior to Cyan, Abel ran Marketing for Omnitron and led the launch of several Carrier Ethernet products. Abel has also held positions at Aktino, Calix, ADC and Pairgain.

Abel is a long-time contributor to the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF). Abel works with the MEF to define and drive their Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO). He is also a part of MEF’s Project UNITE, an industry wide collaborative initiative bringing standards development organizations together to create the building blocks for LSO and Third Network. Additionally Abel is a member of Open Daylight and the Open Networking Foundation (ONF).