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A division of Ciena

Software architecture
and key features

Blue Planet utilizes disruptive software advancements to enable
operational scale, efficiency, and self-service programmability


Blue Planet takes a giant leap forward with a container-based micro-services software architecture that incorporates advanced modeling, templating, and orchestration methodologies to provide a scalable, vendor-agnostic, highly programmable software platform. This modular and extensible approach enables network operators to automate the lifecycle of differentiated new services that can be deployed across multi-vendor and multi-domain environments and scaled on demand. The result is a dramatic transformation of not just how services are delivered, but how networks are operated. 

Architecture overview diagram



Modular, web-scale architecture for rapid feature adoption

Blue Planet is built around the concept of container-based micro-services that provide the ability to deploy and benefit from disruptive web-scale technologies, easier integration with third-party solutions, reduced resource utilization, and the ability to add new features more quickly, with no service interruption. This approach significantly increases the agility of the orchestration platform, reducing OPEX and the CAPEX of adding new features to the platform.

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Add network resources and program new services, at the speed your business demands

SDN and NFV deployments are introducing network operators to a DevOps-style culture for integrating network resources and developing new services. The DevOps approach enables better collaboration among internal product development, IT, and network operations teams to improve operational agility, increase innovation, and accelerate ‘concept-to-revenue’ times for new services. The Blue Planet DevOps Toolkit gives network operators greater control over their infrastructure, and reduces their dependence on professional services associated with updating legacy back-office systems.

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Template model


APIs transform the network into a programmable, easy-to-use resource

Blue Planet’s open northbound APIs enable integration with existing OSSs and other critical software systems, including third-party SDN controllers and cloud orchestration applications, for service management and automation across the WAN. These open REST APIs allow operators and partners to align the network with the needs of different applications.

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Business Process Modeling


Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) ensures seamless and cost-effective integration with the OSS/BSS

Leveraging BPMN, Blue Planet streamlines integration with legacy OSS/BSSs, simplifying the process and lowering the cost to create, integrate, and operate new services. In addition, BPMN simplifies network operators’ ability to offer programmable self-service tools to their end-customers for provisioning NFV-based managed services.

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