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Webinar: Layer 3 Service Assurance and Route Optimization Made Simple

Join Blue Planet's Kevin Wade and Tom DiMicelli, along with Andreas Uys, Chief Technology Officer, Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), to learn how Ciena’s Blue Planet® automates Ethernet service design and provisioning end to end, across multi-domain, multi-vendor networks, help you cut weeks—and up to 85 percent of the OPEX—from your order-to-service process.

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Power Grid Digital Transformation

In the world of OT/IT networking, how can utilities embark on digital transformation and network automation projects if they don't have an awareness of the resources underpinning their networks? To effectively manage their networks at the most basic level, utilities need an inventory system that accurately presents all available resources—physical and virtual—end to end. Blue Planet enables utilities to converge OT/IT operational silos and re-evaluate and optimize critical business processes, leveraging the key elements of intelligent automation—dynamic inventory, systems federation, analytics, policy management, multi-domain orchestration, network and facility topology and visualization, and route optimization and assurance.

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Blue Planet Dynamic Inventory

Dynamic Inventory is a module within Ciena’s Blue Planet Inventory (BPI) product family that provides a comprehensive inventory system of network assets, federated across multiple data sources, and dynamically updated to provide a real-time view of the network.

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Is a Unified OSS Possible?

As the industry moves toward the concept of federation, customer expectations are being transformed. The prospect of a single customer view, real-time fulfillment, and all the other benefits of next-generation technology are becoming standard—and Communications Service Providers (CSPs) must evolve to survive. This paper discusses the benefits of federation and how CSPs can develop a tangible roadmap to achieve it.

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Bandwidth on Demand

Blue Planet® Bandwidth on Demand Solution

Cloud adoption and mobile and video usage have skyrocketed over the past decade, causing unpredictable traffic patterns and dramatic traffic spikes that challenge traditional connectivity services. Network operators need to offer more dynamic services that their clients can consume with the same speed, ease, and pay-as-you-go pricing as a cloud-based service. The Blue Planet Bandwidth on Demand solution addresses these needs by enabling customer self-service for immediate and scheduled on-demand OTN and Ethernet services. With this solution, clients can control the capacity and connectivity they need—exactly where and when they need it—paying only for what they use.

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Multinational Banking Corporation Invests in Route Analytics to Avoid Outage

After dealing with a network outage, a multinational banking and financial services corporation wanted to make sure it never happened again. This case study discusses the cause of the outage, and how the organization implemented Blue Planet® Route Optimization and Assurance (ROA) to avoid a recurrence.

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Blue Planet Bandwidth on Demand Solution Demonstration

To improve customer experience and increase their market appeal and revenue, network operators need to offer their customer’s more dynamic connectivity services that can be consumed with the same speed, ease, and pay-as-you-go pricing as a cloud-based service. 

The Blue Planet Bandwidth on Demand solution addresses this need by enabling customer self-service for immediate and scheduled on-demand OTN and Ethernet services, letting clients control the capacity and connectivity they need, exactly where and when they need it—and paying only for what they use. 

The open, state of the art solution is easily implemented with current network infrastructure, operations, and IT environments, and network operators can apply for a free 60-day trial to evaluate the Bandwidth on Demand solution in their own lab or test network, and learn first-hand how Blue Planet can help them increase revenue, reduce costs, and achieve their business goals.

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Holistic Automation: The Dynamic Inventory Cornerstone

Service providers are on the path to digital transformation. Getting to that desired state, however, is no small feat when their networks continue to evolve and change over time. Business processes rely on the accuracy and integrity of the network data stored in key operational support systems (OSS), particularly inventory databases. This paper looks at the critical role unified, dynamic inventory plays in driving automation, orchestration, analytics, and agility in service delivery and assurance across physical and virtualized networks. With dynamic inventory, network and business transformation projects can be accelerated.

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Demo: Blue Planet Ethernet Service Activation solution

Traditional Ethernet service delivery processes are slow, error-prone, and expensive, resulting in a multi-week order to service interval, high order fallout, and sky-high operations costs that negatively impact CSP competitiveness and profitability.

This video demonstrates the state-of-the-art Blue Planet Ethernet Service Activation solution, which overcomes the challenges posed by antiquated order to service operational practices by automating Ethernet service design and provisioning end to end, across multiple domains and multi-vendor elements.

The solution is ideal for forward-looking network providers that offer Carrier Ethernet business services, wholesale access, or wireless backhaul to reduce costs and speed time to revenue, and you can sign-up for a free trial at the end of the video.

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Demo: Blue Planet Layer 3 Service Assurance

Routing events can disrupt customer services and when they do, network operators need to know what happened and why. In this demo video, we show how a service provider uses Blue Planet Layer 3 Service Assurance solution’s correlated visibility into routing path analytics and network performance metrics to quickly troubleshoot and resolve a service delivery issue.

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Breaking Down Barriers Between IT and Network—Your Path to Digital Transformation

This paper recaps a recent Webinar produced with Light Reading, Kailem Anderson, Blue Planet's VP of Solutions Engineering, and James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst from Heavy Reading. They discussed the key objectives of the telco transformation, looked at intelligent automation across network and IT stacks, and explored the automation journey and toolkit. Kailem uncovered Blue Planet’s lessons learned so far, and how agile architecture can support service optimization, then outlined three CSP success stories about service fulfillment and assurance.

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Webinar: Reimagining Ethernet Service Activation with Intelligent Automation

Join Blue Planet's Kevin Wade and Tom DiMicelli, along with Andreas Uys, Chief Technology Officer, Dark Fibre Africa (DFA), to learn how Ciena’s Blue Planet® automates Ethernet service design and provisioning end to end, across multi-domain, multi-vendor networks, help you cut weeks—and up to 85 percent of the OPEX—from your order-to-service process.

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REN Assures Portugal's Electric Grid with Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance

Due to the criticality of the electric grid, power utilities need reliable service delivery over their IP/MPLS networks. In this case study, we look at how REN, responsible for running Portugal’s two main energy infrastructure networks - The National Electricity Transmission Grid (RNT) and the National Natural Gas Transportation Grid (RNTGN), uses Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance product to troubleshoot problems faster and maintain reliability in their network.

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Demo: Service Level Management with Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance

Getting ready to update a network route or deploy a new cloud service? What if you could model network or workload changes on an exact, real-time replica of your network to see the impact before you make the change? See how Ciena's Route Optimization and Assurance enables your service management.

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Demo: Cloud application performance troubleshooting with Blue Planet Route Optimization & Assurance

When problems arise in your network, you can't resolve what you can't see.  In this demonstration, you'll see how Blue Planet's Route Optimization and Assurance gives you a birds-eye view into traffic paths across your entire network to correlate and resolve application performance issues in minutes, not hours.

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Demo: Application performance troubleshooting with Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance

When problems arise in your network, you can't resolve what you can't see.  In this demonstration, you'll see how Blue Planet's Route Optimization and Assurance gives you a birds-eye view into traffic paths across your entire network to correlate and resolve application performance issues in minutes, not hours.

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Webinar: Dynamic Inventory: The Foundation of Intelligent Automation

Join Kailem Anderson, Vice President of Solutions and Engineering at Blue Planet, and Tim McElligott, Senior Analyst, TM Forum, for a webinar that will take a look at the critical role inventory plays in driving automation, intelligence, agility, and—above all—integrity in physical, virtual, and hybrid network configurations to realize true digital transformation.

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Ensuring SCADA Network Continuity with Routing and Traffic Analytics

SCADA is the life blood of any utility, providing control of generation and distribution of power or other resources, plus insight into any parameters configured into the utility grid itself. Large SCADA systems can gather tens of thousands of measurements per second from RTUs dispersed throughout a utility’s territory. To succeed in utility environments where large, complex IP networks create variability in how application traffic is delivered, network managers need to look beyond traditional network management tools and understand their networks’ control plane operations. This whitepaper will cover route analytics technology, used by many national and regional electrical power utilities, is the answer to understanding the logical operation of IP networks. With real-time routing telemetry overlaid with traffic flow data, back-in-time forensics, and what-if modeling capabilities, utility network managers gain the visibility they need to ensure that SCADA applications operate with the highest-possible network service continuity.

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Proactive Network Operations

Providers that realize the importance of eliminating manual and time-consuming network operations are moving toward more automation. While the goal is to provide end-to-end automation to streamline many aspects of their operations, Blue Planet understands that, when it comes to AI, customers need a well-balanced combination of both machine- and human-led control of the network. The Blue Planet Proactive Network Operations solution has been designed specifically for this purpose: its predictive and prescriptive capabilities detect and prescribe remedies for abnormal network behaviors to prevent outages.

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Dynamic inventory: The foundation of intelligent automation

Full automation of networks and services is the end game for communications service providers (CSPs) striving to compete and win in the digital marketplace. To get there, most are taking small, incremental steps such as implementing closed control loops and machine learning for specific tasks across the business. But before automation can become pervasive, they must transform slow, siloed, error-prone and inflexible inventory, fulfillment, management and optimization processes into real-time, Agile processes that can cross domains and drive a positive and consistent customer experience. This approach marks the difference between automation for the sake of it and intelligent automation that elevates the business.

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Blue Planet, now a division of Ciena, positioned to help CSPs automate across IT and network

Software and cloud technologies are becoming vitally important to CSPs, in their IT operations and their networks. This digital transformation requires automation—something Ciena recognized early on when building its Blue Planet software portfolio. Blue Planet now operates as its own division within Ciena, and TM Forum talked with Rick Hamilton, Senior Vice President, Global Software and Services, about this decision, what it means for CSPs, and why automation is so important.

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IDC Report: Ciena's Multi-Access Edge Computing Demo at MWC Brings a Vision of the Automated Delivery of Mobile Video Services Across Multivendor Distributed Carrier Cloud to Life

This IDC report reviews Ciena's live demo of mobile video delivery across a multi-access edge at Mobile World Congress. According to IDC, the demo provided a simple, elegant illustration of how mobile network VNF, vCDN, public cloud, and purpose-built NFVI software could be brought together to deliver on-demand, automated, low-latency video services (such as those in AR/VR) over a distributed edge and public cloud infrastructure. It also highlighted the importance of the orchestration and automation of a multivendor, multicloud solution in the delivery of potentially new carrier revenue streams in the 5G era.

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Webinar: Breaking Down Barriers Between IT & Network - Your Path to Digital Transformation

Join Kailem Anderson, Vice President of Solutions and Engineering at Blue Planet, and James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, for an insightful discussion that looks beyond network automation to the transformation that can be realized from the powerhouse combination of IT and the network.

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Blue Planet® Ethernet Service Activation Solution

The Blue Planet Ethernet Service Activation solution accelerates order-to-service by automating Ethernet service design and provisioning end to end, across multiple domains and multi-vendor network elements.

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What Is Intelligent Automation?

Intelligent Automation combines software-defined control and orchestration with big data analytics, allowing service providers to use deep knowledge about the network to power adaptive automation of their services and operations.

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Blue Planet® Layer 3 Service Assurance

In today’s global market, businesses requiring connectivity between their geographically diverse locations depend on the Layer 3 services offered by their network service providers. Network uptime and service delivery assurance are of utmost importance to these subscribers to ensure business continuity. Blue Planet Layer 3 Service Assurance gives providers unmatched visibility into their routing control plane, allowing them to speed up troubleshooting of Layer 3 performance issues. Users can see exactly how traffic is traversing their network and identify sub-optimal routing metrics, route flaps, and many other conditions not detected by traditional network monitoring tools.

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Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance Explorer Suite for Network Service Assurance

Ciena’s Blue Planet® Route Optimization and Assurance (ROA) Explorer Suite is used by the world’s leading network operators, enterprises, and government entities to assure the delivery of critical Layer 3 services across the cloud.

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Blue Planet Intelligent Automation

Service providers globally are looking to transform into Digital Service Providers. However, they are hampered by manually intensive, legacy OSS architectures that are fragmented by business function. What is needed is a holistic, closed-loop approach that intelligently automates key business processes that span both IT and network functions, versus operating in silos. See how Blue Planet Intelligent Automation delivers on this vision.

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Windstream: Intelligent Multi-layer/Multi-domain Network Automation with SDN case study

Windstream: Intelligent Multi-layer/Multi-domain Network Automation with SDN

Operational efficiency and customer experience are crucial to Windstream's success in the USA, but its heterogeneous network footprint can make network service provisioning and device configuration complex and costly. Building a programmable SDN-based network with Ciena's Blue Planet software is helping Windstream simplify operations, move to DevOps-centric processes, and create an extensible platform for new services.

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TM Forum: Intelligent automation makes network transformation easier

Communications service providers (CSPs) have been talking about network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) for the better part of a decade, but deployment of the technologies is proceeding quite slowly. In this TM Forum interview, Kailem Anderson, Vice President of Software and Services, Ciena, discusses why network transformation is a challenge, how intelligent automation can help, and how the relationship between CSPs and suppliers is changing.

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Inventory in Virtualized, Software-enabled Networks

In this paper, Appledore Research considers the importance of inventory’s role today for Communication Service Providers (CSPs), and what that role will be tomorrow. Today’s inventory systems have become too passive, manually intensive, and reactive to accommodate services comprising truly dynamic and changeable resources. This paper explores why an evolved, dynamic inventory will play a key role in enabling CSPs to transform operations and reap the full rewards of software-based networks.

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Futuriom Report: Network Automation Trends

Networking and cloud IT professionals are looking for new ways to automate their networks. The Futuriom CSP Network Automation Survey found out exactly what they are looking for. The new challenges include scaling networks to meet an ever-increasing demand for cloud-based applications, as well as automating networks to enable improved service velocity, fault remediation, and network security. The Futuriom survey gathered data on the opinions of 130 network operators, including service providers and web-scale cloud operators.

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Intelligent Automation: Driving Digital Transformation for Service Providers

Service providers are striving to outpace their competition to meet the ever-increasing expectations from end-customers for differentiated and on-demand services, high bandwidth, and high QoE. To succeed, they need to undergo a digital transformation—making their IT and Network operations smarter and more agile so they can adapt to changing market dynamics more quickly and remain relevant. Blue Planet intelligent automation enables service providers to succeed in their digital transformations—bringing together best-in-class multi-domain, multi-layer orchestration, inventory federation, analytics, and route optimization and assurance capabilities.

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IT + Network: Now a powerhouse combination

Your digital transformation is not optional. In order to stay on your feet, you need a prize-fighter — a silo smasher in your corner, unleashing the powerhouse combination of your IT and Network. Ciena's Blue Planet intelligent automation helps you unlock unrivaled IT business agility. Step into the ring and unleash the power of your operations.

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Tier 1 Network Operator Reduces Time to Market for New High-speed Services from Weeks to Minutes

Enhances capacity planning, provides bandwidth on demand for international wholesale customers, and delivers new services in minutes with Ciena’s WAN automation solution.

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What is Closed-loop Automation?

Closed-loop automation enables dynamic, efficient, and software-centric networking by reducing manual intervention to improve customer satisfaction and increase operator profitability.

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Streamline and Differentiate SD-WAN Service through MDSO

Enterprises have begun adopting SD-WAN technology to address the shortcomings of their existing WAN experience. Initially, enterprises had to purchase equipment directly from SD-WAN product vendors and operate the solutions on their own. Recognizing the potential threat to their MPLS VPN and managed services revenue, as well as the potential for a new revenue source, network operators joined the fray with their own managed SD-WAN service offering. However, many took operational and back-office integration shortcuts that make service delivery complex, costly, and time-consuming, while hampering their ability to leverage their networks and related service offerings for competitive advantage. Network operators can address these issues by following the MEF LSO reference architecture for SD-WAN and implementing a Service Orchestrator to automate the provisioning of SD-WAN services.

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OSS Line: The 2019 Guide to Modern OSS

OSS plays an important role in ensuring users of communication services enjoy a good experience while the operators of the networks run an efficient, profitable business. This guide covers the OSS gamut, from the basics to machine learning, the impact of SDN/NFV, and how CSPs can transform their back office with these applications.

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Intelligent Automation of Wave Services

Today’s global economy is dependent on the availability of reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity to the far corners of the planet. To serve that demand from enterprises and regional operators, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have deployed high-speed optical networks across vast geographies. These transport networks are typically engineered with equipment from multiple vendors for commercial and practical reasons. However, on the operational side, this multi-vendor approach leads to significant complexity.

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Blue Planet Inventory

Inventory systems are a critical component of network providers’ Operational Support Systems (OSS) environments. Most network providers have multiple inventory systems in place today to support their various service offerings and lines of business. Blue Planet Inventory supports an extremely flexible and modular architecture.

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Speeding Problem Diagnosis in the Network Operations Center

A challenge faced by Network Operations Center (NOC) personnel responsible for large, complex IP/MPLS networks is locating the network issues that affect application performance and availability. This is due to the sheer number of paths that traffic can traverse when routed through a large network. According to a survey by an analyst firm, network issues are involved in over 50 percent of application and service delivery problems. Given this, speed and accuracy in diagnosing application or service-affecting network issues is a serious matter for organizations that aim to provide excellent service.

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Explorer Traffic Engineering

The Explorer Traffic Engineering application (TE application) is an example of the intelligent automation capabilities that can be achieved with the Blue Planet® Route Optimization and Assurance (ROA) products.

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Restoring Visibility into the Cloud with Route Analytics

Cloud computing leverages the ubiquity of the Internet, the flexibility of server virtualization, and the massive scale of today’s data centers to provide low-cost IT infrastructure as a network-based service. Despite being widely adopted over the last decade, many enterprises are still lagging when it comes to managing their cloud infrastructure that resides on the Internet or shared service provider networks.

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All About MPLS Traffic Engineering eBook

MPLS Traffic Engineering

This document explains MPLS Traffic Engineering, including its major advantages: congestion avoidance and efficient use of existing network resources that can be idle or under-utilized. By driving traffic from over-utilized links to under-utilized ones, Traffic Engineering avoids network congestion caused by too much traffic on the least-cost link. This helps prevent packet drops and ensures data delivery.

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Automating Network Optimization eBook

Automating Network Optimization

Network optimization is a critical piece of the work of capacity planning teams. It includes not only mid- and long-term planning by analyzing traffic pattern trends, but also reactive actions when something goes wrong in the live network. This paper features and unpacks two temporary network optimization scenarios that require traffic engineering.

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Explorer Path Provisioning

With the Explorer Path Provisioning application, service providers can quickly and easily create a service catalog of IP/MPLS transport services that can then be automatically provisioned for subscribers using an SDN controller or orchestrator like Blue Planet's Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO).

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Performance Explorer

Performance Explorer is a powerful module in the Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance (ROA) product family. When used in combination with Route Explorer and Traffic Explorer, operations and engineering teams have real-time visibility into routing, traffic flows, latency, and performance across their entire network via a unified, path-aware network service assurance solution.

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Traffic Explorer

Traffic Explorer is designed for use with Ciena’s Route Explorer product to integrate route and traffic flow analytics.

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Route Explorer

Route Explorer, an industry-leading IP route analysis system, is designed for network engineers and operators managing today’s complex, mission-critical enterprise and service provider networks.

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Intelligent Automation of Bandwidth on Demand Services Quick Start Solution Brief

Intelligent Automation of Bandwidth on Demand Services

Network Service Providers (NSP) offer customer self-service ordering of packet and optical connectivity services with immediate or scheduled activation (aka Bandwidth on Demand))

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Blue Planet MDSO datasheet

Mobile, cloud, and the IoT are fueling the need for new network services. At the same time, network operations have become increasingly complex. In this environment, network providers and operators require greater levels of automation to operate with increased speed and scale—and respond more quickly to customer’s fast changing service requirements. Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) is an open software solution that allows network operators to automate the end-to-end delivery of services across both physical and virtual domains, including any mix of vendors and network layers.

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Blue Planet Network Health Predictor

Blue Planet Network Health Predictor (NHP) is an analytics application developed by Ciena to help enhance network service reliability. Leveraging advanced analytics and machine learning innovations, network operators can quickly identify specific areas of risks in the network and move toward proactive resolution to keep the network running smoothly for their customers.

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Deterministic Communications for Power System Protection Applications Over Packet-Based Private and Leased Wide-Area Networks

Learn how SEL and Ciena can address the urgent challenge facing utilities of migrating critical leased analog-based pilot channel protection circuits to Carrier Ethernet while preserving circuit-switched channel performance and maintaining the 4-wire and direct transfer trip interface to the end device.

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Moving the Shannon Limit: New Submarine Cables for Increased Capacity and New Services

Join Michael Bisaha of TeleGeography and Brian Lavallée of Ciena for an interactive webinar that examines the pricing trends on key APAC subsea routes, and how these trends are influencing new cable builds. This session will also discuss new technology options for submarine cable operators requiring massive amounts of future capacity and a better ROI.

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5G Needs Software Everywhere, Especially on the Wireline Network

5G is coming, and although the standards aren’t fully defined, it’s going to be a game-changer. Its ramifications for service delivery are broad, from the extremely high-capacity radio interface that will deliver extremely low-latency services, to scaling to billions of new IoT devices for smart homes, cities, vehicles, and more. Even before 5G standards have been defined, operators can gain critical first-mover advantage by embarking on their SDN strategy today. Forward-looking operators can ensure the success of their 5G networking strategy by choosing technology partners with broad wireline networking experience, as well as software programmability expertise.

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Ciena and Windstream offer the promise of programmable networks: simplification, automation, transformation

Are unreliable connectivity and bandwidth pressures driving up your CAPEX and OPEX, hindering agility and business innovation? You need a dynamic model—one that can deliver straight to the cloud to answer the increasing strain put on your traditional network architecture.

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2017 IHS Technology, SDN and NFV Vendor Leadership Global Service Provider Survey Excerpts

Get the “IHS Technology, SDN and NFV Vendor Leadership Global Service Provider Survey Excerpts” and see how the research indicates the two primary factors driving SDN and NFV and more.

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How SDN Works

The network architecture approach known as Software-Defined Networking (SDN) uses software applications that enable your network to be intelligently and centrally controlled, or ‘programmed.’ As a result, regardless of underlying hardware and associated technologies, you can consistently and holistically manage your entire network.

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Evolution to SDN, NFV, and Intelligent Automation

This paper outlines how the evolution to SDN/NFV requires an agile service fulfillment solution that supports the service provider journey from their current architecture to a hybrid of traditional and SDN/NFV domains, and ultimately to a fully virtualized environment.

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What is NGOSS?

Next-Generation Operations Support Systems (NGOSSs) improve on traditional OSSs with a more modern, highly agile, modular, and scalable approach to network management systems, service delivery, fulfillment, and assurance, and customer care.

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Making Intelligent Automation a Reality with Advanced Analytics and Machine Learning

As the explosion in demand for network bandwidth continues, service providers must bring new approaches to how they design, deploy, and operate their networks or risk delivering poor customer experience. Technologies like SDN and NFV are designed to help deal with some of these pressures and now—with big data analytics and AI, it gets even better. By leveraging machine learning capabilities that help power network performance and optimization at superhuman speed and scale, service providers can make true intelligent automation possible, run their businesses smarter and much more efficiently, and adapt at a pace in line with customer expectations.

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WAN Automation: SDN-based Service Creation and Network Provisioning

Blue Planet WAN automation reduces the complexity and cost associated with end-to-end service delivery across multi-vendor and multi-layer networks. By leveraging the programmability and abstraction provided by SDN orchestration, Blue Planet enables network operators to deliver traditional network services faster, more efficiently, and with greater scale.

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What is SD-WAN?

The Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) applies SDN principles to WANs. SD-WAN holds the promise of being a more cost-effective and simpler way to connect enterprise branches and corporate data centers, through centralized programmability.

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Heavy Reading: Achieving WAN Automation Today

The idea of network automation is not new, but new Software-Defined Networking (SDN)-based approaches make automated provisioning across the Wide-Area Network (WAN) more powerful than ever. An automated WAN provides a programmable foundation that simplifies service providers' ability to transform and offer new virtualized, on-demand services. This white paper provides an overview of SDN-based WAN automation and focuses on the drivers and benefits of WAN automation, the roles of SDN and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) as technology enablers, challenges hindering progress towards full automation, and proposed solutions for addressing these challenges.

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Applying Packet Technologies to Solve Modern Healthcare's IT Networking Needs

Digital technologies are playing fundamental roles in ongoing efforts to streamline and automate the critical processes and information that drive healthcare efficiency and security. IT modernization can be especially challenging for organizations that are merging and must converge disparate, legacy platforms in a coordinated fashion. Read this paper to learn how packet networking solutions from Ciena can help Healthcare IT modernize their networking capabilities.

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NFV/SDN Essentials for Service Providers (Webinar)

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) are two of the industry’s most revolutionary network design and operational technologies. Increase your knowledge on these two hot topics and get the answers to:

  • What are NFV and SDN and why are they needed?
  • What are the building blocks of a virtualized network?
  • Customer success stories and case studies
  • What’s ahead for NFV and SDN?
  • Summary and Q/A

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Network Virtualization Glossary

This glossary, brought to you by Ciena's Blue Planet, has all the terms, acronyms, and definitions you need to know to navigate Network Virtualization.

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Essential Series: NFV and SDN Guide for Carriers and Service Providers

Essential Series: NFV and SDN Guide for Carriers and Service Providers

NFV and SDN. Two of the industry’s most revolutionary network design and operational technologies. Increase your knowledge on these two hot topics and get the answers to:

  • What are NFV and SDN and why are they needed?
  • What are the building blocks of a virtualized network?
  • What’s ahead for NFV and SDN?

This eBook offers an entry-level overview of NFV and SDN for anyone seeking a better understanding of these innovative and evolving networking technologies.

Written by Abel Tong, Sr. Director, Solutions Marketing, and Kevin Wade, Product Marketing Team Leader for Blue Planet at Ciena, the Essentials of NFV and SDN for Service Providers eBook gives you an expert’s perspective on emerging trends and applications of NFV and SDN and how you can best position your network for what’s next.

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Beyond Network Modernization: Advanced Analytics Helps Boost Utility Service Reliability and Facilitate Migration to Packet

The utility industry is undergoing a comprehensive transformation as it modernizes to a more efficient and smarter grid.  An important step in this process is the migration from legacy communications networks to packet technologies for services that control and protect the grid.  Network migration is challenging because the new technologies must be deployed without disrupting current operations.  This paper reviews the challenges and the practical solution of using analytics tools to enhance understanding of the network and system conditions and deploy versatile networking components that ensure a safe network migration process.

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Beyond Service Agility for R&E: Advanced analytics helps boost network optimization

New educational technology applications and research data collection are driving massive change to both campus networks and R&E network operators. Increased demand for mobility, student and researcher collaboration, digitization of everything, and cloud applications is driving bandwidth demand and creating increasingly complex networks. NFV and SDN continue to gain traction, as they enable R&E network operators to achieve network agility and meet the expectation of great service reliability and performance. This ensures that trust, student enrollment, facility retention, and funding isn’t lost. Ciena’s Blue Planet Network Health Predictor—an advanced analytics application that uses predictive analytics and machine learning—is here to help.

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Beyond service agility: Advanced analytics helps boost service reliability and build customer trust

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) are key technologies that have gained significant traction since their introduction. They enable network operators to achieve network agility and scale while greatly improving the time to market of new services. However, this adoption has introduced some additional layers of network complexity—posing challenges in specific areas of business operations. One area is ensuring service reliability and performance toward meeting customer SLAs. Ciena’s Blue Planet Network Health Predictor—an advanced analytics application—is here to help.

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TM Forum

Webinar - Driving Intelligent Automation with Advanced Network Analytics and Machine Learning

Join us for the TM Forum webinar to learn how innovations in the areas of big data analytics, intent-based orchestration and management are helping operators achieve greater end-customer satisfaction. Additionally, see a featured case study on advanced analytics and machine learning and how they are simplifying and transforming network operations.

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Ciena and Blue Planet: one world to manage, control and plan

Ciena and Blue Planet: one world to manage, control and plan

This report takes a look at the future vision of networks being open, agile and simplified. It draws the difference from “old-school software” and the importance of the Blue Planet micro-services approach to ensure the solution is modular and scalable.

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What is SDN?

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) is a network architecture approach that enables the network to be intelligently and centrally controlled, or ‘programmed,’ using software applications. This helps operators manage the entire network consistently and holistically, regardless of the underlying network technology.

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Waveserver® Ai

Waveserver® Ai delivers unmatched capacity—up to 2.4 Tb/s in a single rack unit—with a familiar operational toolset to tackle the largest scalability and automation challenges in the Data Center Interconnect (DCI) market.

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Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP)

With Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software, operators now can unify all aspects of operations across Ciena’s optical and packet network assets, with consistency, reliability, and speed. Blue Planet MCP’s modern, extensible architecture evolves network operations with real-time, software-defined programmability to drive service agility.

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What is Network Function Virtualization (NFV)?

Network Function Virtualization, or NFV, is a way to reduce cost and accelerate service deployment for network operators by decoupling functions like a firewall or encryption from dedicated hardware and moving them to virtual servers.

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Webinar – IHS Infonetics and Guest Panel: Service Models Critical to SDN and NFV Automation

Webinar – IHS Infonetics and Guest Panel: Service Models Critical to SDN and NFV Automation

The major carrier goals for SDN and NFV are service agility and automation removing manual processes from their service and network operations, from customer order to network reconfiguration to SLA enforcement. Join thought leaders for this webinar.

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Chalk Talk – Manage, Control and Plan

Joel De Lamarre, chief architect for Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP), introduces the newest member of the Blue Planet family. MCP provides unified network and service lifecycle management for Ciena's packet and optical networks.

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What is MCP?

Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software converges the complete network operations lifecycle through network planning, infrastructure commissioning, service fulfillment, and service assurance.

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SDxCentral Webinar: Lifecycle Service Orchestration – Moving from Promises to Production

This webinar is in partnership with SDxCentral. We will highlight multiple real-world LSO deployments with leading global service providers, as well as the latest LSO-related innovations designed to make service agility and operational transformation a reality in your own business.

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What is Network Analytics?

Network analytics provides operators and enterprises with a deep understanding of the network, enabling smarter, data-driven operational and business decisions. The use of artificial intelligence and automation technologies in network analytics is paving the way for the vision of the Adaptive Network—an intelligent, self-configuring and self-optimizing environment that understands and adjusts to network conditions.

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Blue Planet Analytics

Ciena’s Blue Planet® Analytics (BPA) is an open and extensible analytics platform that provides advanced network analytics by leveraging innovations in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning. It is designed for today’s complex multi-vendor networks, allowing seamless functional and application extensibility to address network and operational concerns.

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Doyle Research: Considerations for the Orchestration of Managed SD-WAN Services

Doyle Research: Considerations for the Orchestration of Managed SD-WAN Services

Lee Doyle, Principle Analyst at Doyle Research provides an overview of SD-WAN technologies and the impact on service providers. This white paper uncovers the benefits of SD-WAN for enterprises and how service providers can seize the opportunity of managed SD-WAN. And learn how to differentiate and operationalize managed SD-WAN services.

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Light Reading

Webinar – Multi-Vendor WAN Automation—The Time is Now

What’s new in network automation? SDN. That is, new SDN-based approaches that make automation provisioning across multi-vendor optical, packet, and MPLS networks easier and more powerful.

Join our LightReading webinar Multi-Vendor WAN Automation—The Time is Now. Hear from Heavy Reading Senior Analyst Sterling Perrin and Blue Planet’s Abel Tong.

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Webinar – SD-WAN Impact on Service Providers – Threat or Opportunity

Lee Doyle and Kevin Wade provide an overview of SD-WAN technology as well as its impact on service providers, including: benefits of SD-WAN for enterprises et al.

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Defining DevOps for Service Providers

Webinar – Defining DevOps for Service Providers – Accelerating Collaboration Between Vendors, IT, and Network Teams to Create a More Agile Business

Widely adopted by leading cloud providers, the DevOps approach is also being embraced by a growing number of service providers who are implementing SDN, NFV, and cloud services. But what advantages does the DevOps approach offer for service providers moving to programmable networks. And how does it impact their existing operations and their relationships with strategic vendors?

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Blue Planet Services Data Sheet

Blue Planet Services represent a comprehensive suite of offerings ranging from consulting to full build-operate-transfer services.

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A DevOps Primer for Service Providers: Ten Key Technologies You Should Know

The DevOps model is playing an increasingly vital role in service providers' transformation efforts. This paper explores the top DevOps tools and technologies that service providers are leveraging to more cohesively align their network and IT teams, accelerate product development, improve operational agility, and reduce the costs of developing new services.

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e-Guide

SDN/NFV e-Guide: New adventures in network orchestration (MDSO)

SDN/NFV’s orchestration capabilities are fundamental to the entire concept of network virtualization. Connectivity across the WAN and VNFs are now critical components of cloud-based XaaS. And in this kind of environment, vanilla orchestration isn’t enough.

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Quantifying the Business Benefits of NFV-based Managed Enterprise Services

Innovation is at the heart of any success. As much as SDN and NFV are about technology innovation, they are also about business innovation. New service descriptions, service pricing models, and go-to-market strategies all form the key pillars of a sound business approach to a successful realization of technology innovation. Ciena consultancy can help build the business of an SDN and NFV network, helping MSPs generate new sources of revenue, increase sales, and improve profitability of new service offerings.

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Rethinking R&E Networks to Accelerate Scientific Discovery

R&E network operators are well aware of the complexities of delivering new services using today’s networks, but wholesale rip and replace is not a realistic option. Because service agility is pivotal to long-term viability, many operators are turning to SDN/NFV to help manage and control physical devices and cloud services. Driven by requirements to lower costs, these operators understand virtualizing network functions is less costly and more scalable than buying additional purpose-built hardware or appliances.

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DevOps Toolkit - Gaining Control to Accelerate Service Delivery

Developing and deploying services remains an inefficient process that depends heavily on vendor-controlled back-office software systems. The Blue Planet DevOps Toolkit turns over the ‘keys’ for the network to the operator, giving Blue Planet customers greater control over their infrastructure and operational agility—ultimately enabling them to deliver new on-demand, virtualized services more quickly to meet today’s business challenges.

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New IP Agency Interoperability Showcase 2016

This paper by the European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC) recaps the New IP Agency NFV Service Chaining and Live Interoperability Demonstration that took place in May 2016. The demonstration included the deployment of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs), service chaining of the VNFs, and data path validation of the end-to-end services. This is a quantifiable independent reference that put Ciena's Blue Planet orchestration platform to the test, proving its rich set of functionality, and open and programmable architecture that achieved the use cases applied.

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Bringing DevOps to Service Provider Networks and Scoping New Operational Platform Requirements for SDN/NFV

The transformation of network operations is long overdue, but Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have avoided it for fear of disturbing mission-critical Operations Support Systems (OSSs). However, it is becoming increasingly clear that traditional OSSs will not be capable of managing virtualized networks for a variety of reasons. CSPs need self-sufficiency to become operationally more agile and able to manage the virtualized network in near real time. This paper discusses using a model-driven and DevOps-style operational approach, which minimizes the need to develop custom code and standard IT tools, for building reusable, 'micro' workflows, rather than complex per-service workflows and scripts. This combination of technologies can reduce service delivery times from weeks and months to hours and minutes.

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Blue Planet SDN and NFV are Changing the Game

Network operators are struggling to meet performance, availability, and bandwidth demands. Customers have come to expect access to everything, at any time, from any location. So how do you deliver new apps and services, along with bandwidth that keeps pace with demand, while simultaneously overcoming the inherent deficiencies of legacy platforms and technologies? Luckily, the changes propelling ever-increasing demand are also driving an evolutionary shift in network technologies.

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Point/Counterpoint: YANG VERSUS TOSCA

As Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) take hold, confusion is growing among developers and network operators about how best to leverage the emerging tools designed to help describe virtual resources and make it easier to accommodate changes in services.

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The Dawn of Automated Network Services

Facing growing competitive pressures and skyrocketing service demands, CIOs, CTOs, and network operators are working hard to embrace virtualization across networks and hardware, software, and data platforms.

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Chalk Talk: What is SDN?

Say goodbye to vendor lock-in. Rob Tomkins discusses how Ciena’s Software Defined Networking (SDN) creates networks that handle many different services in a dynamic fashion, allowing service providers and carriers to consolidate multiple services onto one common infrastructure. By combining open infrastructure, control, and application layers, network allocation has never been easier.

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5 Facts to Test Your SDN/NFV Knowledge

Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) are two of the industry’s most disruptive technologies, rapidly transforming the way we think about architecting networks and delivering services. Operators around the globe are virtualizing more of their network infrastructure to create open and programmable software-driven networks.

SDN and NFV are exciting and game-changing technologies. Take this quiz to find out how much you know.

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Behind the Scenes with Blue Planet's New Architecture for SDN/NFV

Behind the Scenes with Blue Planet's New Architecture for SDN/NFV

This is an archive of a video Hangout we hosted on October 29, 2015, to talk through some of the new features and details of Ciena's Blue Planet architecture for SDN and NFV.

Joining in on the conversation were: Nirav Modi, VP of Product Portfolio Management for Blue Planet; Scott Pradels, VP of Engineering for Blue Planet; Joe Cumello, VP of Marketing for Blue Planet; and Chip Rodgers, VP of Experience Marketing for Ciena.

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Webinar – IHS Infonetics and Guest Panel: Service Models Critical to SDN and NFV Automation

The major carrier goals for SDN and NFV are service agility and automation removing manual processes from their service and network operations, from customer order to network reconfiguration to SLA enforcement. Join thought leaders for this webinar.

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Webinar – The Transformation of Your Network Starts with Software

Join Ciena’s thought leaders Steve Alexander, CTO, and Kevin Sheehan, Vice President Global Operations for the Blue Planet division, for this webinar as they discuss the increasingly important role of software in the network and how Blue Planet can play a leading role in the journey to an open, programmable and automated network.

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Blue Planet Intelligent Automation Platform

The Blue Planet Intelligent Automation Platform lets network providers use deep knowledge about the network to power adaptive service and network optimization. Blue Planet facilitates the evolution to more efficient, modernized network operations and software-defined programmability by bringing together IT and Network teams to effectively fulfill, manage, and assure today's dynamic, on-demand services.

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Introduction to Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

Introduction to Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

Watch this 5 minute video overview of network function virtualization (NFV) and get detailed insights into the approach of NFV and the impact to network operators.

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Overview of NFV Orchestration

Overview of NFV Orchestration

Take a deeper look at NFV architecture and its main components: Virtual Network Functions, NFV Infrastructure, and NFV MANO.

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Blue Planet NFV Service Orchestration

Blue Planet NFV Service Orchestration

Get a detailed look at Blue Planet’s NFV service orchestration capabilities. This seven minute video includes a demo showing how Blue Planet instantiates, manages, and chains virtual network functions (VNFs) to streamline the definition and creation of innovative new NFV-based services.

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Orchestrating NFV vCPE - Accelerating the Development and Delivery of New Managed Services

Orchestrating NFV vCPE - Accelerating the Development and Delivery of New Managed Services

Nirav Modi provides an overview of vCPE, the fastest-growing NFV use case, showing how Blue Planet orchestrates vCPE services across a multi-vendor infrastructure to rapidly deliver new managed services for business customers.

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Multi-vendor NFV Service Orchestration

Demo Video: NFV virtual CPE (vCPE) Services Orchestration

This demo video provides an overview of the fast-growing vCPE use case, and features a live demo of multi-vendor NFV Service Orchestration based on a proof of concept done in collaboration with Colt Technology Services, VMware, and Versa Networks.

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