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BLUE PLANET OVERVIEW
Blue Planet is an open, intelligent automation platform that lets service providers use deep knowledge about the network to power adaptive optimization of their services and operations. It facilitates the evolution toward more efficient, modernized network operations and software-defined programmability to accelerate the delivery of on-demand services, reduce costs, and enable a path to increased network autonomy.
With Blue Planet, you can:
- Improve business agility and service velocity by abstracting network complexity and driving end-to-end automation
- Incorporate intelligence into operations through big data network analytics and intent-based service templates
- Maintain a competitive edge by developing best-in-class services more quickly to meet fast-changing demands
The Blue Planet platform is a cohesive system combining Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO), advanced analytics, and SDN in a common micro-services-based architecture. Built on the foundations of agility and collaborative innovation, it provides the extensibility and openness to build intelligent networks for powering the digital age. Products can be deployed individually or in any combination and include:
You can also 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 and solutions are backed by a full suite of professional services and world-class support.
MDSO orchestrates across multiple vendor and technology domains
MULTI-DOMAIN SERVICE ORCHESTRATION
End-to-end service automation and orchestration across multiple physical and virtual technology domains
Blue Planet provides MDSO capabilities to increase service velocity and lower costs. Leveraging open APIs and intent-based, model-driven templates, Blue Planet enables seamless service automation across any mix of vendors and network layers. MDSO eliminates silos by abstracting the complexity of underlying domains and simplifies end-to-end services lifecycle management, visibility, and control.
Scalable, vendor-agnostic management and orchestration of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) and distributed data center resources
The Blue Planet platform delivers carrier-grade NFV orchestration capabilities for instantiating, managing, and chaining VNFs. Unlike closed solutions from many large incumbent vendors, Blue Planet leverages an open and vendor-agnostic approach, allowing 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 framework for collecting, processing, and storing data from multiple sources across the network, and upper-layer analytics applications that leverage machine learning innovations. This design approach 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.
NETWORK HEALTH PREDICTOR
Analytics application enabling preemptive network maintenance across the optical, Ethernet, and IP layers of the network
Network Health Predictor (NHP) provides easy-to-use graphical tools allowing you to view the state of the network and equipment, identify trends, and assess the probability of failures. Machine learning techniques and predictive analytics offer deep network insight. 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
ROUTE OPTIMIZATION AND ASSURANCE
Real-time IP/MPLS network visibility to assure and optimize performance of critical services
The Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance (ROA) products uniquely combine routing, traffic, and performance analytics for real-time, path-aware operational monitoring, and back-in-time forensics to troubleshoot problems that can cause service disruptions. Interactive modeling helps engineers optimize their networks by helping to predict the impact of changes, simulate new workloads for capacity planning, and test failure scenarios.
MANAGE, CONTROL AND PLAN
Unified, SDN-based domain control for Ciena packet and optical networks
Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software provides SDN-based domain control of Ciena's next-generation packet and optical networks, including equipment commissioning, service provisioning, assurance, and performance monitoring. Operations are greatly automated and simplified through MCP’s open programmatic APIs and its intuitive GUI. This enables 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, extensible micro-services architecture, MCP marks a strategic shift from legacy, fragmented network management software, leading the transformation to programmable cloud-native operations that easily integrate into your business processes.
Blue Planet MCP unifies network and service lifecycle operations
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.
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