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Ciena Completes Acquisition of DonRiver

 1 Oct 2018 /  Rick Hamilton, Senior Vice President, Global Software and Services

Ciena has officially completed the acquisition of DonRiver. Rick Hamilton, SVP of Global Software and Services at Ciena, details how the integration of these new capabilities into our Blue Planet portfolio will help our customers in their journey to the Adaptive Network.

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Our industry is now moving at a break-neck pace towards creating a more software-driven and operationally efficient network infrastructure.  Network operators have realized they must rapidly evolve both their network and their operations in order to grow their businesses and survive into the future. We are moving just as fast to put our Blue Planet software platform at the center of this revolution.

Just a few months ago, I told you about our acquisition of Packet Design, a move that added Layer 3 network automation and optimization to our Blue Planet portfolio. Today, we closed on the acquisition of DonRiver, which specializes in federated inventory management within the service provider’s OSS environment.

DonRiver brings both industry-leading OSS federation software and a highly skilled IT OSS services team to Blue Planet, significantly enhancing our ability to deliver on our comprehensive Intelligent Automation vision that spans IT and network.

DonRiver extends Blue Planet’s Intelligent Automation capabilities beyond network orchestration and control and into the IT OSS domain, enabling our customers to support a wider range of closed-loop automation use cases for network services.

DonRiver’s flagship software solution, now called Blue Planet Inventory, consolidates the information from a network operator’s disparate inventory systems to create a unified, real-time view of network and service resources.

By pairing this capability with our existing Blue Planet orchestration software, we can enable our customers to realize real-time synchronization of their inventory systems with the actual network state – something that does not exist in the majority of service provider environments today.  This improved inventory data accuracy allows our customers to optimize their critical OSS operations as well as their network resource utilization across multiple network layers and domains, reducing service and order fulfillment errors and increasing end customer satisfaction.

But our acquisition of DonRiver is about more than just new software, it’s about the people that are joining our Blue Planet team. DonRiver brings a global team of specialized software, integration and consulting experts with proven experience in managing and delivering complex IT OSS transformations at some of the world’s largest Tier 1 network providers.

Our acquisition of DonRiver is about more than just new software, it’s about the people that are joining our Blue Planet team.

The value of this expertise cannot be understated. Our customers trust Blue Planet as a valued partner that can help them solve their business needs and create a more scalable and adaptive network. The team from DonRiver brings a vital new set of capabilities and skills that enable network operators to move toward creating adaptive networks that are more operationally efficient, automated, self-optimizing, and self-healing.

With the addition of DonRiver to Blue Planet’s existing delivery function, we now have the unique ability to bring real-time network insight to IT OSS operations, improving mission critical processes like service fulfillment, ordering, and new service introduction. This allows our customers to unlock the full potential of their businesses and deliver a superior end customer experience.

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