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Embracing openness and the future of networking


An open ecosystem fosters innovation, opens up new market opportunities, and accelerates the development and adoption of disruptive technologies through a community of trust. Ciena’s mission to preserve the open, multi-vendor approach that the industry increasingly embraces. As a customer, you benefit from flexible ‘choice’. You can select best-of-breed technologies and solutions that best suit your specific business needs. We showcase our commitment to open collaboration at both the company and industry levels.

Ciena’s Blue Orbit ecosystem brings together domain expertise and partnerships across a multitude of areas to help accelerate your network transformation—enabled by Ciena’s Blue Planet platform for intelligent networking and automation. And we’re an active participant in industry-wide open source initiatives. As experts in both network infrastructure, NFV management, and orchestration domains, we anticipate making significant contributions to these communities by sharing our ideas, knowledge, and best practices.

"It's the technologies that enable the greatest degree of choice for customers that will win"
- Gary Smith, President & CEO, Ciena
Blue orbit ecosystem

Blue Orbit
The Blue Planet Open Ecosystem

The Blue Orbit ecosystem, enabled by Ciena’s comprehensive Blue Planet software suite, focuses on collaboration between customers and ecosystem members under four distinct categories: Blue Orbit Community Member, DevOps Partner, Service Partner, and Technology Partner. Some notable additions to Blue Orbit ecosystem include Akamai Technologies, the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services; Ammeon, a leading IT and network transformation services company; Check Point Software Technologies, the largest network cyber security vendor globally; and  EMC, the world’s largest provider of data storage systems.

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Contributing to the industry-wide open source initiative

As a result of the strong alignment between Blue Planet’s approach and ONAP’s goals, Ciena has joined the Linux Foundation and the ONAP project as a natural extension of our open source strategy. Ciena will incorporate and contribute to relevant functional modules to further our vision of open networking as well as enhance our Blue Planet offering. Network operators and vendors will be able to work together to further accelerate the adoption and standardization of technologies like SDN and NFV that enable network agility, automation and programmability.

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