BLUE PLANET OVERVIEW
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.
MDSO orchestrates across multiple vendor and technology domains
MULTI-DOMAIN SERVICE ORCHESTRATION
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.
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.
Fully aligned with the ETSI MANO framework, NFVO is an open solution that instantiates, manages and chains VNFs to deliver NFV-based services
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. In addition to collecting and normalizing data from multiple sources, BPA seamlessly integrates with Ciena or third-party upper-layer analytics applications. It also integrates with third-party big data cluster systems.
NETWORK HEALTH PREDICTOR
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.
NHP is an analytics application that enables preemptive network maintenance of the transport network
Blue Planet MCP unifies network and service lifecycle operations
MANAGE, CONTROL AND PLAN
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.
OPEN NETWORK OPERATING SYSTEM
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.
SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORK MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL
Automation, management, and control of multi-vendor and multi-layer network infrastructure
Blue Planet is the industry's first and most widely deployed SDN controller and management system for carrier networks. By unifying carrier-grade element and network management (full FCAPS) with the advanced control and programmability provided by SDN, Blue Planet enables network operators to deliver services faster and more cost-effectively across multi-vendor and multi-layer networks. Blue Planet incorporates open APIs and a scalable Path Computation Element (PCE) to simplify and automate end-to-end service delivery.
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.
BLUE PLANET SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE
Blue Planet utilizes disruptive software advancements to enable operational scale, efficiency, and self-service programmability
SOFTWARE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Expert software integration and network transformation support from Ciena's team of SDN and NFV subject matter experts
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