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NFV/SDN Essentials for Service Providers (Webinar)

NFV/SDN Essentials for Service Providers (Webinar)

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are two of the industry’s most revolutionary network design and operational technologies. Increase your knowledge on these two hot topics and get the answers to:

  • What are NFV and SDN and why are they needed?
  • What are the building blocks of a virtualized network?
  • Customer success stories and case studies
  • What’s ahead for NFV and SDN?
  • Summary and Q/A

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Network Virtualization Glossary

This glossary, brought to you by Ciena's Blue Planet, has all the terms, acronyms, and definitions you need to know to navigate Network Virtualization.

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Essential Series: NFV and SDN Guide for Carriers and Service Providers

Essential Series: NFV and SDN Guide for Carriers and Service Providers

NFV and SDN. Two of the industry’s most revolutionary network design and operational technologies. Increase your knowledge on these two hot topics and get the answers to:

  • What are NFV and SDN and why are they needed?
  • What are the building blocks of a virtualized network?
  • What’s ahead for NFV and SDN?

This eBook offers an entry-level overview of NFV and SDN for anyone seeking a better understanding of these innovative and evolving networking technologies.

Written by Abel Tong, Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing, and Kevin Wade, Product Marketing Team Leader for Blue Planet at Ciena, the Essentials of NFV and SDN for Service Providers eBook gives you an expert’s perspective on emerging trends and applications of NFV and SDN and how you can best position your network for what’s next.

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Beyond Network Modernization: Advanced Analytics Helps Boost Utility Service Reliability and Facilitate Migration to Packet

The utility industry is undergoing a comprehensive transformation as it modernizes to a more efficient and smarter grid.  An important step in this process is the migration from legacy communications networks to packet technologies for services that control and protect the grid.  Network migration is challenging because the new technologies must be deployed without disrupting current operations.  This paper reviews the challenges and the practical solution of using analytics tools to enhance understanding of the network and system conditions and deploy versatile networking components that ensure a safe network migration process.

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Beyond Service Agility for R&E: Advanced analytics helps boost network optimization

New educational technology applications and research data collection are driving massive change to both campus networks and R&E network operators. Increased demand for mobility, student and researcher collaboration, digitization of everything, and cloud applications is driving bandwidth demand and creating increasingly complex networks. NFV and SDN continue to gain traction, as they enable R&E network operators to achieve network agility and meet the expectation of great service reliability and performance. This ensures that trust, student enrollment, facility retention, and funding isn’t lost. Ciena’s Blue Planet Network Health Predictor—an advanced analytics application that uses predictive analytics and machine learning—is here to help.

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Beyond service agility: Advanced analytics helps boost service reliability and build customer trust

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are key technologies that have gained significant traction since their introduction. They enable network operators to achieve network agility and scale while greatly improving the time to market of new services. However, this adoption has introduced some additional layers of network complexity—posing challenges in specific areas of business operations. One area is ensuring service reliability and performance toward meeting customer SLAs. Ciena’s Blue Planet Network Health Predictor—an advanced analytics application—is here to help.

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TM Forum

Webinar - Driving Intelligent Automation with Advanced Network Analytics and Machine Learning

Join us for the TM Forum webinar to learn how innovations in the areas of big data analytics, intent-based orchestration and management are helping operators achieve greater end-customer satisfaction. Additionally, see a featured case study on advanced analytics and machine learning and how they are simplifying and transforming network operations.

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Ciena and Blue Planet: one world to manage, control and plan

Ciena and Blue Planet: one world to manage, control and plan

This report takes a look at the future vision of networks being open, agile and simplified. It draws the difference from “old-school software” and the importance of the Blue Planet micro-services approach to ensure the solution is modular and scalable.

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What is SDN?

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a network architecture approach that enables the network to be intelligently and centrally controlled, or ‘programmed,’ using software applications. This helps operators manage the entire network consistently and holistically, regardless of the underlying network technology.

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Waveserver® Ai

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a network architecture approach that enables the network to be intelligently and centrally controlled, or ‘programmed,’ using software applications. This helps operators manage the entire network consistently and holistically, regardless of the underlying network technology.

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Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP)

With Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software, operators now can unify all aspects of operations across Ciena’s optical and packet network assets, with consistency, reliability, and speed. Blue Planet MCP’s modern, extensible architecture evolves network operations with real-time, software-defined programmability to drive service agility.

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What is Network Function Virtualization (NFV)?

Network Function Virtualization, or NFV, is way to reduce cost and accelerate service deployment for network operators by decoupling functions like a firewall or encryption from dedicated hardware and moving them to virtual servers.

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Webinar – IHS Infonetics and Guest Panel: Service Models Critical to SDN and NFV Automation

Webinar – IHS Infonetics and Guest Panel: Service Models Critical to SDN and NFV Automation

The major carrier goals for SDN and NFV are service agility and automation removing manual processes from their service and network operations, from customer order to network reconfiguration to SLA enforcement. Join thought leaders for this webinar.

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Chalk Talk – Manage, Control and Plan

Joel De Lamarre, chief architect for Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP), introduces the newest member of the Blue Planet family. MCP provides unified network and service lifecycle management for Ciena's packet and optical networks.

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What is MCP?

Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software converges the complete network operations lifecycle through network planning, infrastructure commissioning, service fulfillment, and service assurance.

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SDxCentral Webinar: Lifecycle Service Orchestration – Moving from Promises to Production

This webinar is in partnership with SDxCentral. We will highlight multiple real-world LSO deployments with leading global service providers, as well as the latest LSO-related innovations designed to make service agility and operational transformation a reality in your own business.

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What is Network Analytics?

Network analytics provides operators and enterprises with a deep understanding of the network, enabling smarter, data-driven decisions.

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Blue Planet Analytics

Leveraging advanced big data analytics, machine learning innovations, and an open architecture, Blue Planet Analytics enables intelligent automation and operations for today’s increasingly dynamic and virtualized networks.

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Doyle Research: Considerations for the Orchestration of Managed SD-WAN Services

Doyle Research: Considerations for the Orchestration of Managed SD-WAN Services

Lee Doyle, Principle Analyst at Doyle Research provides an overview of SD-WAN technologies and the impact on service providers. This white paper uncovers the benefits of SD-WAN for enterprises and how service providers can seize the opportunity of managed SD-WAN. And learn how to differentiate and operationalize managed SD-WAN services.

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Light Reading

Webinar – Multi-Vendor WAN Automation—The Time is Now

What’s new in network automation? SDN. That is, new SDN-based approaches that make automation provisioning across multi-vendor optical, packet, and MPLS networks easier and more powerful.

Join our LightReading webinar Multi-Vendor WAN Automation—The Time is Now. Hear from Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin and Blue Planet’s Abel Tong.

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Webinar – SD-WAN Impact on Service Providers – Threat or Opportunity

Lee Doyle, Principle Analyst at Doyle Research, and Kevin Wade, Senior Director of Blue Planet Product Marketing will provide an overview of SD-WAN technology as well as its impact on service providers, including: benefits of SD-WAN for enterprises, the managed SD-WAN opportunity for service providers and differentiating and operationalizing managed SD-WAN Services.

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Defining DevOps for Service Providers

Webinar – Defining DevOps for Service Providers – Accelerating Collaboration Between Vendors, IT, and Network Teams to Create a More Agile Business

Widely adopted by leading cloud providers, the DevOps approach is also being embraced by a growing number of service providers who are implementing SDN, NFV, and cloud services. But what advantages does the DevOps approach offer for service providers moving to programmable networks. And how does it impact their existing operations and their relationships with strategic vendors?

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CenturyLink Uses Blue Planet Orchestration to Enable Flexible Service Delivery

Ciena is helping CenturyLink migrate to an SDN/NFV environment that will be fully virtualized across its IP core network and data centers by 2018.

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Blue Planet Services Data Sheet

Blue Planet Services represent a comprehensive suite of offerings ranging from consulting to full build-operate-transfer services.

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A DevOps Primer for Service Providers: Ten Key Technologies You Should Know

The DevOps model is playing an increasingly vital role in service providers' transformation efforts. This paper explores the top DevOps tools and technologies that service providers are leveraging to more cohesively align their network and IT teams, accelerate product development, improve operational agility, and reduce the costs of developing new services.

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e-Guide

SDN/NFV e-Guide: New adventures in network orchestration (MDSO)

SDN/NFV’s orchestration capabilities are fundamental to the entire concept of network virtualization. Connectivity across the WAN and VNFs are now critical components of cloud-based XaaS. And in this kind of environment, vanilla orchestration isn’t enough.

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Quantifying the Business Benefits of NFV-based Managed Enterprise Services

Innovation is at the heart of any success. As much as SDN and NFV are about technology innovation, they are also about business innovation. New service descriptions, service pricing models, and go-to-market strategies all form the key pillars of a sound business approach to a successful realization of technology innovation. Ciena consultancy can help build the business of an SDN and NFV network, helping MSPs generate new sources of revenue, increase sales, and improve profitability of new service offerings.

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Rethinking R&E Networks to Accelerate Scientific Discovery

R&E network operators are well aware of the complexities of delivering new services using today’s networks, but wholesale rip and replace is not a realistic option. Because service agility is pivotal to long-term viability, many operators are turning to SDN/NFV to help manage and control physical devices and cloud services. Driven by requirements to lower costs, these operators understand virtualizing network functions is less costly and more scalable than buying additional purpose-built hardware or appliances.

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DevOps Toolkit - Gaining Control to Accelerate Service Delivery

Developing and deploying services remains an inefficient process that depends heavily on vendor-controlled back-office software systems. The Blue Planet DevOps Toolkit turns over the ‘keys’ for the network to the operator, giving Blue Planet customers greater control over their infrastructure and operational agility—ultimately enabling them to deliver new on-demand, virtualized services more quickly to meet today’s business challenges.

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New IP Agency Interoperability Showcase 2016

This paper by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) recaps the New IP Agency NFV Service Chaining and Live Interoperability Demonstration that took place in May 2016. The demonstration included the deployment of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), service chaining of the VNFs, and data path validation of the end-to-end services. This is a quantifiable independent reference that put Ciena's Blue Planet orchestration platform to the test, proving its rich set of functionality, and open and programmable architecture that achieved the use cases applied.

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Bringing DevOps to Service Provider Networks and Scoping New Operational Platform Requirements for SDN/NFV

The transformation of network operations is long overdue, but Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have avoided it for fear of disturbing mission-critical Operations Support Systems (OSSs). However, it is becoming increasingly clear that traditional OSSs will not be capable of managing virtualized networks for a variety of reasons. CSPs need self-sufficiency to become operationally more agile and able to manage the virtualized network in near real time. This paper discusses using a model-driven and DevOps-style operational approach, which minimizes the need to develop custom code and standard IT tools, for building reusable, 'micro' workflows, rather than complex per-service workflows and scripts. This combination of technologies can reduce service delivery times from weeks and months to hours and minutes.

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Blue Planet SDN and NFV are Changing the Game

Network operators are struggling to meet performance, availability, and bandwidth demands. Customers have come to expect access to everything, at any time, from any location. So how do you deliver new apps and services, along with bandwidth that keeps pace with demand, while simultaneously overcoming the inherent deficiencies of legacy platforms and technologies? Luckily, the changes propelling ever-increasing demand are also driving an evolutionary shift in network technologies.

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Point/Counterpoint: YANG VERSUS TOSCA

As Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) take hold, confusion is growing among developers and network operators about how best to leverage the emerging tools designed to help describe virtual resources and make it easier to accommodate changes in services.

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The Dawn of Automated Network Services

Facing growing competitive pressures and skyrocketing service demands, CIOs, CTOs, and network operators are working hard to embrace virtualization across networks and hardware, software, and data platforms.

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Chalk Talk: What is SDN?

Say goodbye to vendor lock-in. Rob Tomkins discusses how Ciena’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) creates networks that handle many different services in a dynamic fashion, allowing service providers and carriers to consolidate multiple services onto one common infrastructure. By combining open infrastructure, control, and application layers, network allocation has never been easier.

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5 Facts to Test Your SDN/NFV Knowledge

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are two of the industry’s most disruptive technologies, rapidly transforming the way we think about architecting networks and delivering services. Operators around the globe are virtualizing more of their network infrastructure to create open and programmable software-driven networks.

SDN and NFV are exciting and game-changing technologies. Take this quiz to find out how much you know.

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Behind the Scenes with Blue Planet's New Architecture for SDN/NFV

This is an archive of a video Hangout we hosted on October 29, 2015, to talk through some of the new features and details of Ciena's Blue Planet architecture for SDN and NFV.

Joining in on the conversation were: Nirav Modi, VP of Product Portfolio Management for Blue Planet; Scott Pradels, VP of Engineering for Blue Planet; Joe Cumello, VP of Marketing for Blue Planet; and Chip Rodgers, VP of Experience Marketing for Ciena.

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Webinar – IHS Infonetics and Guest Panel: Service Models Critical to SDN and NFV Automation

The major carrier goals for SDN and NFV are service agility and automation removing manual processes from their service and network operations, from customer order to network reconfiguration to SLA enforcement. Join thought leaders for this webinar.

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Webinar – The Transformation of Your Network Starts with Software

Join Ciena’s thought leaders Steve Alexander, CTO, and Kevin Sheehan, Vice President Global Operations for the Blue Planet division, for this webinar as they discuss the increasingly important role of software in the network and how Blue Planet can play a leading role in the journey to an open, programmable and automated network.

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Blue Planet Product Brochure

The Blue Planet brochure provides a high-level view of the Blue Planet network virtualization and service orchestration software.

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Blue Planet Data Sheet

The Blue Planet data sheet provides a detailed look at the Blue Planet use cases, architecture, specifications and more.

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Introduction to Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

Watch this 5 minute video overview of network function virtualization (NFV) and get detailed insights into the approach of NFV and the impact to network operators.

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NFV Orchestration

Overview of NFV Orchestration

Take a deeper look at NFV architecture and its main components: Virtual Network Functions, NFV Infrastructure, and NFV MANO.

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Blue Planet NFV Orchestration

Blue Planet NFV Service Orchestration

Get a detailed look at Blue Planet’s NFV service orchestration capabilities. This seven minute video includes a demo showing how Blue Planet instantiates, manages, and chains virtual network functions (VNFs) to streamline the definition and creation of innovative new NFV-based services.

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Orchestrating NFV vCPE

Orchestrating NFV vCPE - Accelerating the Development and Delivery of New Managed Services

Nirav Modi provides an overview of vCPE, the fastest-growing NFV use case, showing how Blue Planet orchestrates vCPE services across a multi-vendor infrastructure to rapidly deliver new managed services for business customers.

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Demo Video: NFV virtual CPE (vCPE) Services Orchestration

This demo video provides an overview of the fast-growing vCPE use case, and features a live demo of multi-vendor NFV Service Orchestration based on a proof of concept done in collaboration with Colt Technology Services, VMware, and Versa Networks.

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