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CenturyLink announces network virtualization plans, leverages Ciena Blue Planet Orchestrator

CenturyLink has announced that it will virtualize 40% of its global IP core network locations by end of 2015 with plans to have full global virtualization coverage in its IP core network and data centers by 2018. Ciena's Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator is a key part of the project.

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Apply BPMN to Enable Network Transformation at the OSS

It can be easy to gloss over how complicated it is to integrate new SDN and NFV functionality into an existing OSS. But this integration is critical. That's where a standard called BPMN comes into the mix.

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TOSCA and YANG? It’s not either/or...it’s both

Many network operators are confused on the choice between TOSCA and YANG as they evaluate the move to SDN and NFV. Blue Planet's Abel Tong explains why it doesn't need to be an either/or decision.

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Ciena Blue Planet unveils the dawn of service orchestration

Today Ciena’s Blue Planet division unveiled an entirely new architecture, a disruptive set of enhancements for our Blue Planet solution that change the way technologies like SDN and NFV are implemented to create open and programmable software-driven networks.  We’re calling it the dawn of service orchestration. While Blue Planet has only been a part of the Ciena family for a few months, our R&D team has been hard at work on this new architecture for over a year, adding a set of innovative building blocks that bring SDN, NFV and service orchestration into a unified, open platform.  So what are these new building blocks and what do they do?  Joe Cumello goes through each of them in this blog post.

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The Reality of Applying SDN WAN in R&E Networks

Many R&E networks are at the forefront of SDN deployments, but now risk replacing hardware silos with software silos via a multi-SDN controller environment.

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The SDN Resource Adapter: More than Meets the Eye

There are clearly many choices when it comes SDN controllers today. Every controller supports multiple vendors; however, multi-vendor support is not as simplistic as many would make it out to be.

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Ciena welcomes Cyan employees to the family

Pictures from last week's event at Cyan's Petaluma headquarters where employees celebrated their move into the Ciena family.

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Service Orchestration: The Cure for Vendor Silos in Virtualized Networks

With the litany of controllers and orchestrators being created across the SDN and NFV landscape, we are re-creating the very problem for which we were trying to solve. A solution lies in the concept of Multi-Domain Service Orchestration.

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Q&A with Ciena CEO Gary Smith on Cyan Acquisition

Ciena CEO Gary Smith talks about the company's newly completed acquisition of Cyan: what it will bring to Ciena and what it will bring to our customers.

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One of the Secrets Behind Cyan’s Software

SDN and NFV are driving tremendous change across the entire communications ecosystem by transforming service providers’ networks to be more agile and software-centric. The changes go well beyond their networks, even impacting the internal culture as they seek to meet the increasing pace of innovation.

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