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Cloud Connect Automation

Offer on-demand multi-cloud connectivity for your customers

Enterprises are increasingly using the cloud to simplify operations. Rather than purchase costly private lines to multiple cloud providers, many are connecting to-or co-locating their IT resources and/or routers within-Multi-Tenant Data Centers (MTDCs). They can then purchase affordable connections to cloud providers that are co-located within the same MTDC or an interconnected one-all through a single cloud connect host service provider.

For cloud connect service providers, however, creating connections-from the enterprise-facing router through the cloud-connect fabric and into the cloud providers is currently a piecemeal, manual process. It typically requires multiple Network Management Systems (NMSs) or domain controllers to manually configure and provision each network element within the cloud connectivity layer. The resulting operational silos and manual processes commonly produce errors and incur high overhead, which drives up costs, delays revenue, and contributes to poor customer experiences.

Ciena's Blue Planet provides advanced orchestration capabilities for automating end-to-end configuration, provisioning, and on-demand connectivity of multiple cloud and network resources for enterprise customers. It's a multi-vendor solution that's based on an open and highly programmable architecture to automate operations across multiple domains within single or multiple MTDCs. It abstracts the complexity of all network layers and domains, and presents a unified interface for simplified control, visibility, and management of end-to-end cloud connectivity. The solution simplifies the multi-cloud connectivity fulfillment process, reduces manual effort and total OPEX, and decreases the time interval from quote to cash.

Service Provider Network cloud diagram

Highlights

  • Open REST APIs allow seamless integration with operational support systems like order management and self-service portals that enable enterprise customers to quickly choose their cloud providers and even specify bandwidth requirements.
  • Resource Adapters (RAs) provide an abstraction layer from a common information model to communicate with a wide variety of MTDC network elements and/or domain controllers, regardless of vendor or native protocol.
  • Intent-based orchestration using TOSCA-based service templates that allow network operators to create and deploy services by declaring the service intent at a high level, rather than a series of specific provisioning commands. For example, if the enterprise customer specifies the service bandwidth requirements and cloud provider(s) of choice, intent-based orchestration enables the cloud connect services to be automatically fulfilled, end to end, without
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