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Transform the Network at the speed of your business

Intelligent automation and operations for delivering on-demand services across today’s dynamic and virtualizing networks, and tomorrow’s autonomous networks.


Blue Planet helps accelerate the delivery of on-demand services while reducing costs through automation. Integrated network intelligence within an open and programmable architecture simplifies network operations, enables smart business decisions, and elevates the customer experience.

With Blue Planet, you can:

  • Gain self-service control of your network transformation and its operations to match the pace of fast-changing customer demands
  • Abstract network complexity and achieve service agility to drive greater competitive advantage
  • Get data-driven network insights to extract and monetize the true value of your network

The Blue Planet software suite provides a powerful combination of orchestration, policy, and analytics capabilities for end-to-end, intelligent service automation and network operations. It helps enable self-managing capabilities of the network where needed, while facilitating the evolution toward further operational simplification and increased network autonomy. Products include:

Blue Planet addresses a wide range of use cases, leveraging open-source technologies, model-driven templates, and container-based micro-services to provide scale, performance, and flexibility in deployments.

You can take advantage of the Blue Planet Community’s resources—as well as the DevOps Exchange and DevOps Toolkit—to share ideas, rapidly adopt the newest technologies, and extend your network with best-in-class capabilities. Blue Planet products are backed by the world-class Ciena Specialist Services and Support.

Blue Planet Software Suite


MDSO orchestrates across multiple vendor and technology domains


End-to-end service automation and orchestration across multiple technology (physical and virtual) and vendor domains

Blue Planet provides Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) capabilities to enable seamless service automation and orchestration across multiple domains. Leveraging open APIs and model-driven templates, Blue Planet integrates with any mix of third-party SDN controllers, element/network management systems, and domain controllers to manage and orchestrate services comprising physical and virtual resources. MDSO eliminates silos by abstracting the complexity of underlying domains and enabling you to automate the end-to-end orchestration and lifecycle management of services.

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Scalable, vendor-agnostic management and orchestration of virtualized network functions and data center resources

The Blue Planet platform delivers carrier-grade NFV orchestration capabilities for instantiating, managing, and chaining Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). Unlike closed NFV solutions from many large incumbent vendors, Blue Planet leverages an open and vendor-agnostic approach that allows you to use the VNFs and NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) of your choice to streamline the definition and creation of innovative new NFV-based services.

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NFV Service Orchestration
Fully aligned with the ETSI MANO framework, NFVO is an open solution that instantiates, manages and chains VNFs to deliver NFV-based services
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BPA gathers data from multiple sources


Advanced analytics products based on Big Data and machine learning innovations

Blue Planet incorporates powerful analytics for deep insights into the network—helping you make smarter, data-driven business decisions. Blue Planet Analytics (BPA) comprises two components: a robust and flexible BPA framework and upper-layer analytics applications. BPA applies innovative approaches to analytics on data collected from multiple sources across the network. This gives you the ability to visualize and identify trends to create more profitable services, better predict capacity requirements, and anticipate potential network and service disruptions before they happen. BPA collects and normalizes data from multiple sources across the network. It integrates with third-party big data cluster systems like Hadoop and Hortonworks.

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Analytics application that enables preemptive network maintenance across the optical, Ethernet, and IP layers of the network

Network Health Predictor (NHP) provides easy-to-use graphical tools that allow you to view the state of the network and equipment, identify trends, and assess the probability of failures. Machine learning techniques offer deep network insight, using libraries supplied by the BPA framework. NHP is the first product among the forthcoming family of analytics applications designed for the BPA framework.

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NFV Service Orchestration
NHP is an analytics application that enables preemptive network maintenance of the transport network
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Blue Planet MCP unifies network and service lifecycle operations


Unified network and service lifecycle management for Ciena's packet and optical networks

Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software provides end-to-end lifecycle operations and management of Ciena's packet and optical networks, including equipment commissioning, service provisioning, assurance, and performance monitoring. A single user interface provides you with advanced visualization of the entire network and its state, enabling granular resource management and control, and the ability to efficiently and effectively plan your network to meet your customers' service needs. Built on Blue Planet's open and extensible architecture, MCP marks a strategic shift from legacy, fragmented network management software, leading the transformation to programmable, IT-centric operations that easily integrate into your business processes.

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The industry’s first hardened version of the ONOS open-source SDN software for commercial use

Open Network Operating System (ONOS) is an open-source SDN controller for service provider networks that is supported by multiple global tier-1 operators, including AT&T, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, and China Unicom. Blue Planet ONOS provides a commercial-grade version of the open-source software that is backed by Ciena’s world-class service and support. Blue Planet ONOS complements Blue Planet’s multi-domain and NFV service orchestration capabilities to enable highly scalable, flow-based control of data center networks.

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NFV Service Orchestration


V-WAN delivers the same on-demand, elastic, pay-per-use capabilities for connectivity services that the cloud model has ushered in for computing and storage services

Ciena’s V-WAN product is a multi-tenant network virtualization and connectivity service-automation engine. With V-WAN, you can offer your enterprise, content provider, and cloud services customers self-service capabilities or automated on-demand network services.

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

Micro-services Architecture

The Blue Planet platform is built around the concept of container-based micro-services. Micro-services are small, autonomous software services that are highly-decoupled and focused on working together to do small tasks. This architecture facilitates a modular approach to building a complex system. As a micro-services based platform, Blue Planet provides the ability to deploy and benefit from cutting edge web-scale technologies, integrate with third-party solutions, reduce resource utilization, and add new features more quickly, and with no service interruption.
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Model-Driven Templates

SDN and NFV deployments rely on “DevOps” concepts such as scripting tools and languages to bridge the gap between between IT and network operations. Concepts such as standard information models and template-based orchestration are becoming increasingly important when adding agility and programmability to software-defined architectures. This transformation allows for self-service programmability and a reduced dependence on software pro-serv charges from incumbent suppliers.
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Multi-Vendor Management

Blue Planet provides an abstraction layer that leverages a service-centric information model to hide the complexity of underlying physical and virtual networks, enabling multi-vendor network automation and end-to-end service orchestration. As the industry’s leading SDN control and management platform, Blue Planet provides a unified view of the network that helps network operators focus on delivering services instead of managing equipment. 
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Open APIs

Blue Planet supports a suite of open APIs for service management and orchestration. These APIs allow customers to consume data from Blue Planet and port this data into existing OSS/BSSs or custom-developed applications that drive network operations.
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Business Process Modeling

Blue Planet supports business process model and notation (BPMN) to simplify integration with legacy OSS/BSSs and make it easier to create, integrate, and operate new services. In addition to reducing complexity for operators, using BPMN to depict the end-to-end-flow of a process such as the orchestration and automation of a service or application improves the operator's ability to offer programmable self-service tools to their end-customers.
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Expert software integration and network transformation support from Ciena's team of SDN and NFV subject matter experts
resource onboarding


Utilizing Blue Planet’s model-driven templates to on-board physical and virtual resources

blue planet application integration


Integrating Blue Planet with third-party OSS, NMS/EMS and other higher-layer apps using Open APIs

automated service rollouts


Assistance on-boarding PNFs and automating services across multiple vendors and network layers

project management for network augmentation


Consulting or project-based design, development, installation, and/or management of SDN and NFV deployments

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