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Igniting the SDN
of global networks

about the blue planet division

About the BluePlanet division

Enablers of true end-to-end service orchestration.

Ciena’s Blue Planet division was created to ignite a network transformation by enabling true end-to-end service orchestration. And as a team, we are on a mission to deliver. The Blue Planet division is dedicated to preserving the open, multi-vendor focus that made Blue Planet the most-recognized and celebrated SDN and NFV software suite in the industry trusted, not just by customers, but by the vendor community at large.

Our disruptive software, collaborative approach, and earnest desire to change an industry, not a just single network, has earned our team some of the highest honors in our space.

Ciena has always been an extremely focused, thought leader and trusted advisor to customers. With Blue Planet, we have taken the same, focused approach to helping customers automate services - from creation to orchestration to delivery – across both physical and virtual domains. Our software reduces operational costs by abstracting network complexity creating space for innovation and differentiation through a level of service programmability that was previously unachievable.


The Blue Planet software is based on over 15 open source components and our engineers are constantly looking for additional components that can meaningfully add or enhance the software’s functionality. In addition, our team is active in both industry standards-bodies and the Opensource community. Our affiliations include:

Open Network Operating System

ONOS is the open source SDN networking operating system for Service Provider networks architected for high performance, scale, and availability. ONOS' ecosystem comprises of ON.Lab and organizations that are funding and contributing to the ONOS initiative.


Metro Ethernet Forum

The MEF is an industry consortium of more than 150 members dedicated to developing technical specifications and implementation agreements to accelerate adoption of Carrier Ethernet.

open Community

Open Compute Project

Ciena has been a community member of the Open Compute Project (OCP) since June of 2014. OCP’s mission is to apply the benefits of open source software to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation to hardware design and engineering in, near, or around data center technologies.

open daylight


OpenDaylight facilitates a community-led, industry-supported open source framework, including code and architecture, to accelerate and advance a common, robust Software-Defined Networking platform.

open networking foundation

Open Networking Foundation

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing programmability to networks and accelerating the delivery and use of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) standards.

tm forum member

Tm Forum

TM Forum is a global trade association trusted by the world’s largest enterprises, service providers, and suppliers to help them continuously transform to succeed in the digital economy. 

Internet engineering task force

Internet Engineering Task Force

The mission of the IETF is to make the Internet work better by producing high quality, relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet.

european telecommunications standards institute

European Telecommunications Standards Institute

ETSI produces globally-applicable standards for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, aeronautical, broadcast, and internet technologies and is officially recognized by the European Union as a European Standards Organization. 

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