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Webinars

Webinar: Edge evolution: MEC, NFV and intelligent automation point the way forward

This webinar explores the benefits of combining edge computing and NFV - with associated network automation – to enable service providers to generate new revenue sources while containing cost.

Webinars

Webinar: Resolve to Improve IP Network Performance in 2020

What if you could leverage a single, vendor-agnostic visualization across network layers and domains—even giving you the ability to rewind for root-cause analysis, real-time monitoring, and future analysis for planning simulation? Join Ciena’s...
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eBooks

NaaS Demystified: Unlock the full potential of Network as a Service

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) typically spend 80 percent of their budgets on integration and routine operations, leaving very little money to invest in innovative new services and technologies. In a platform economy that values...
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There is a Sea Change occurring around us. New network and cloud technologies offer flexibility and cost structures incomprehensible in the past, yet fully realizing these benefits demands that we completely re-think everything we know about...
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Articles

What Is Network as a Service?

NaaS is an operational framework that leverages model-driven abstraction, open APIs, and service lifecycle automation to enable true operations and network transformation. It applies to physical and virtual resources as well as retail, enterprise,...
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Case Studies

Vocus slashes service activation to seconds and eyes AUS$60 million savings

Vocus Group, a leading fiber and network solutions provider in Australia and New Zealand, has implemented a Future State’ initiative designed to move towards a more NaaS-centric model to combat the challenges of disparate, legacy networks and BSS...
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Videos

Solution Snapshot: Blue Planet 5G Automation

Delivering on 5G’s promise hinges on building agile and performance-driven 5G networks on which consumers and industries can rely. Blue Planet’s 5G Automation approach helps you extend 5G’s speed, massive capacity, and minimal...
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In this demo video, we show how you can quickly troubleshoot service delivery issues using custom dashboards and Routing Path Lookup features in Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis product.

Solution briefs

5G Automation – Dynamic Planning

5G technology provides new opportunities and business models for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). But there is a large gap from here to there. Complexity may seem insurmountable. Blue Planet Dynamic Planning enables MNOs to build out 5G-ready...
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Webinars

Webinar - Automated Service Orchestration: delivering true value and new capabilities in a 5G world

The expert panel discuss topics from orchestration, automation hybrid cloud architecture etc. in a 5G world.

White Papers

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...
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A Tier 1 North American mobile operator with over 150 million customers moved toward the goal of delivering 5G service to its subscribers and needed to assure the functioning of its current and future network infrastructure during the entire...
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White Papers

The Role of Service Assurance in Successfully Operationalizing SD-WAN

Traditional WAN connections typically use technology that requires purpose-built hardware. They are expensive, complex, and lack the ability to leverage cloud-based applications. SD-WAN moves more of the network control into the cloud and...
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Videos

Blue Planet Webinar - What's New in ROA Explorer Suite 20.02

ROA Explorer Suite version 20.02 brings features that help network operators and service providers assure their IP/MPLS network services, improve network planning capabilities, automate network operations, and optimize their network easily using...
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Webinars

Webinar: Bringing Certainty to Your IP Network Troubleshooting, Optimization and Planning

The hard shift to online education and remote administration has increased reliance on network availability for the student and academic community. Now more than ever, it’s critical to quickly identify and resolve trouble, take another look at...
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Blue Planet Unified Assurance and Analysis solution is uniquely positioned to address the complex service assurance challenges of NFV and SDN. From the initial hybrid nature of the infrastructure, as virtualization works side-by-side with legacy...
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Case Studies

Canadian Operator Uses Advanced Analytics and Reporting to Ensure Service Availability

A Canadian Tier 1 telecom needed to modernize its OSS environment. The company had built its services out of disparate homegrown and off-the-shelf products that do not communicate effectively and are difficult to automate—and have become...
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Data Sheets

Add-On Modules for Route Optimization and Analysis Explorer Suite's Route Explorer

Route Explorer module in Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) Explorer suite provides visibility into the dynamic routing operation of the entire network for fast identification and resolution of difficult-to-diagnose network...
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Solution briefs

IP/MPLS Performance and Path Analytics for Teleprotection in Power Utilities

Power utilities face major cost and technology challenges when integrating new IP applications in the Smart Grid along with the existing power grid that uses old TDM technologies. This paper explains how to monitor and simulate the behavior of...
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The Blue Planet Multi-Layer Assurance solution delivers comprehensive, end-to-end network assurance to provide outstanding service reliability and service performance across any vendor or technology domain. It provides intelligent automation,...
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Case Studies

Conterra Gains Actionable Intelligence for Meeting Requirements of Rapidly Growing Services Portfolio

When Conterra Broadband Services added wholesale mobile wireless backhaul to its portfolio, the company discovered it needed a more advanced approach to network performance management—a more cost-effective solution to improve operational...
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Webinars

Webinar: 5G Impacts Over Wireline Networks

More impressive than the data itself is the journey data takes. And with smartphone to radio being the only part of this journey taking place wirelessly, it’s clear that the wireline networks ultimately dictate the overall 5G experience. Investment, ...
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Videos

Solution Overview: Blue Planet Virtual Edge Automation Solution

The Blue Planet Virtual Edge Automation (VEA) Solution provides a modernized approach to managing the virtual edge. This video tells the story of the problems faced by service providers and how our solution can help.

This short video introduces the Blue Planet Multi-Layer Networking solution which makes use of the transport network discovery capabilities of Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) alongside the IP peering and network collection layer of Route ...
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Videos

Solution Overview: Blue Planet Inventory and Network Synchronization Solution

The Blue Planet Inventory and Network Synchronization (INS) solution can identify and correct discrepancies between network resources and OSS inventory. This video tells the story of the problems faced by service providers and how our solution can ...
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Case Studies

Shentel Increases Competitiveness and Enhances Opportunities for Business Growth

To remain a top provider in the increasingly competitive service provider landscape, Shenandoah Telecommunications Company sought a new network management system that could consolidate all of its network alarms and provide an overall view of the...
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Webinars

Webinar: Cable Operators – The Move to Edge Compute

Join this webinar to hear from David Strauss of Broadband Success Partners who recently discussed these questions—and more—with network and business services executives at cable operators of all sizes in North America. Ciena’s Fernando Villarruel...
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To meet the requirements of their Tier 1 mobile operator customers for mobile backhaul services, Dakota Carrier Network (DCN) was looking for a solution to assure SLAs. They especially sought a way to support their existing customers within the...
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Videos

Blue Planet Online Customer Symposium

A virtual event for Blue Planet customers focused on Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) and related Intelligent Automation solutions.

Webinars

Webinar - Break away from your legacy inventory system with Blue Planet

Outdated network inventory systems obscure your vision of inventory while adding layers of manual processes. This not only impacts your ability to automate critical operations and deliver high-demand, new services, but also erodes customer...
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Case Studies

Successful Inventory Transformation in major Australian CSP

This case study, authored by Appledore Research, describes how a major Australian service provider has adopted Blue Planet Inventory (BPI) to achieve massive efficiencies, through process automation and retirement of legacy inventory, and the...
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Videos

Demo: Blue Planet 5G NSA Dynamic Planning

This demo shows you how to take the first step – plan a 5G Non-Standalone Architecture (NSA) deployment.

In this demonstration, we showcase how you can use Blue Planet 5G Automation solution to enable Zero-Touch slice lifecycle management, and automate the design, creation, modification and monitoring of different end-to-end network slices across a...
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Data Sheets

Service Assurance

Blue Planet Service Assurance is an analytics software application auto-discovers network services from a variety of sources and maps the service hierarchy regardless of vendor or technology, allowing it to self-update and maintain service topology.

Videos

Technical Demo: Blue Planet MPLS Network Automation

Service providers need the ability to design and provision new MPLS services as quickly as possible. But the dependency on manual processes makes this challenging. In this demo video, we show how you can use the Blue Planet MPLS Network Automation ...
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Solution briefs

MPLS Network Automation Solution Brief

With the advent of 5G, MPLS tunnels are expected to be the go-to technology for Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to create custom network slices for applications and end-users. Although revenue-generating MPLS services can be the bread and butter...
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White Papers

2020 Gartner Market Guide for CSP Operations Support System Solutions

OSS solutions landscape is evolving with vendors’ focus on automation and service orchestration, apart from the influence of open-source communities. CSP infrastructure and operations leaders evolving their operations toward a platform can use this...
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Webinars

Webinar – Unlocking New Revenue Streams with 5G Network Slicing

This webinar includes a comprehensive review of network slicing and what’s required to make it a functional and commercial success, from the automaton software layer to the underlying programmable packet-optical infrastructure layer.

Blue Planet Service Level Agreement Management (SLAM) allows businesses to manage the full lifecycle of internal and external SLAs with the ability to easily define, track, and report on them.

Data Sheets

Ethernet Assurance

Blue Planet Ethernet Assurance is a standards-compliant solution that provides unprecedented visualization and proactive SLA monitoring of Ethernet services to ensure and improve customer experience.

Articles

What Is Network Slicing?

Network slicing is a method of creating multiple unique logical and virtualized networks over a common multi-domain infrastructure. Using Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), orchestration, analytics, and...
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Solution briefs

5G Automation Solution Brief

5G is driving a massive transformation in the world of mobile networks. It promises consumers a whole new connected experience, while offering a broad range of industries unprecedented potential for business and revenue growth. Blue Planet 5G...
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Data Sheets

Fault Management

The Blue Planet Fault Management application addresses the major challenges with existing network monitoring solutions by providing an alternative that dramatically reduces ongoing operations costs.

Data Sheets

Performance Management

Blue Planet Performance Management is a comprehensive, configurable software application that provides network performance monitoring, analysis, and visualization to proactively identify and notify network operators of potential problems, allowing ...
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Videos

Use Case Demo: Systematic Predictive Fault Analysis

Many tools available today are complicated and require extensive training, manual data collection and input of simulation data. We took a different approach. Watch this short demo video to see how Blue Planet's Route Optimization and Analysis...
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Videos

Use Case Demo: Multi-layer Visualization & Planning

Transport and IP can often be supported by different teams with siloed network information and inability to correlate planning or troubleshooting of transport and IP networks. This can lead to unintended consequences when maintenance activities...
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Videos

Use Case Demo: Multi-vendor visualization & planning

Changes to the network always come with a certain amount of risk. But we can mitigate your network change risk. Watch this short demo video to see how Blue Planet's Route Optimization and Analysis collects real-time network discovered data...
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Videos

Use Case Demo: Understanding & Resolving Applications Performance for Financial networks

Financial networks deliver critical, real-time customer applications. As a result, performance issues can cost revenue and customer loyalty. In this short demonstration, you'll see how Blue Planet's Route Optimization and Analysis gives you a...
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Join Blue Planet’s Kevin Wade and special guests Lee Doyle, Principal Analyst at Doyle Research, and Russ Bartels, Director, SDN Network Orchestration and Analytics, Windstream Enterprise, for the Webinar: Transform Your SD-WAN Services with...
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Videos

SD-WAN Automation Solution Snapshot

The Managed SD-WAN market is growing rapidly. Don’t let your outdated order-to-service processes slow you down. Blue Planet’s SD-WAN Automation solution helps you accelerate service activation and reduce fulfillment costs, even as your ...
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Videos

Ethernet Service Automation Solution Snapshot

Traditional order-to-service procedures are too slow, tedious, and error-prone to meet today’s business requirements. Blue Planet’s Ethernet Service Automation solution changes the game by automating service design, delivery and...
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White Papers

Heavy Reading: Network Slicing and 5G Future Shock WP

In this white paper, Heavy Reading looks specifically at network slicing: what it is, why it is needed, what some of its dependencies are, and how the CSPs are likely to monetize it. What is clear from our research is that in order to succeed, 5G...
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White Papers

Transforming Managed SD-WAN Services with Automation WP ENG

While many Communications Service Providers offer managed SD-WAN solutions, profitably delivering them can be a challenge. Modern automation and orchestration platforms help overcome these limitations and enable the efficient delivery of agile,...
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Data Sheets

Unified Assurance and Analytics DS

Blue Planet Unified Assurance and Analytics (UAA) is an open suite of software products that leverages unified multi-layer/multi-domain assurance and AI-powered analytics to provide unprecedented insight, helping transform and simplify the...
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Data Sheets

Unified Assurance and Analytics Resource Adapters (UAARA)

Blue Planet Unified Assurance and Analytics Resource Adapters eliminate heavy lifting’ for integration by providing an out-of-the-box solution consisting of smart plugins that are as easy to install and update as an app on a phone.

Solution briefs

Solution Brief: SD-WAN Automation SB ENG

Software-defined WANs (SD-WANs), which promise high-bandwidth branch office connectivity to the cloud at a lower cost per bit and with greater flexibility than MPLS-based WAN services, are gaining considerable traction with enterprises of all types. ...
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This case study discusses how a large service provider uses Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) for its real-time operational monitoring, enhanced visibility into the impact of network changes, and integration with existing network...
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Videos

Demo: Blue Planet Multi-Layer Networking Solution

Multi-Layer Networks are complex to manage unless you have access to unified visibility and analysis for both the IP and optical layer from a single solution. In this demo video we demonstrate how a network operator can use Blue Planet Multi-Layer ...
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Solution briefs

Solution Brief: Multi-Layer Networking SB ENG

Driven by the goal of digital transformation, network providers have a tremendous opportunity to grow their businesses. With increasing competition and the complexity involved in the management of multi-vendor, multi-layer networks, realizing the...
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Infobriefs

Ciena Expands Blue Planet by Acquiring Centina for Service Assurance while Unveiling Its New Real-Time Inventory and Network Synch Solution

On October 3, 2019 Ciena announced it will acquire privately-held Centina, a service assurance analytics and network performance company. Once the transaction closes near the end of calendar year 2019, the Centina software assets will be...
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Videos

Solution Snapshot: Blue Planet Layer 3 Service Assurance

Resolving service delivery issues can be quite the headache. Blue Planet’s Layer 3 Service Assurance solution eases those pains by analyzing routing data in real-time and integrating it with performance and traffic telemetry to provide...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Demo: Network Planning

Network misconfigurations cause application outages and performance degradations. Even with stringent change management processes, engineers still can’t be 100% sure changes will work as expected when applied in large, complex IP network...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Demo: SCADA Management

SCADA is the lifeblood of any utility, providing control of the generation and distribution of power or other resources, plus insight into any parameters configured into the utility grid itself. However, if there is a failure of any sort in the...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Demo: Understanding Network Latency

Intermittent network latency can impact utility smart-grid performance– literally meaning the lights can go out.

Videos

Solution Snapshot: Inventory and Network Synchronization

Watch this short video to see how an end-to-end inventory view increases operational efficiency and customer satisfaction.

Solution briefs

Solution Brief: Inventory and Network Synchronization SB ENG

Historically, inventory data has been inaccurate, static, and spread across multiple, fragmented B/OSS that proliferated over time as new service offerings and technologies were introduced. This leads to slow, manual business processes. The Blue...
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Infographics and posters

Infographic: Reveal the path to intelligent automation

Automation is crucial for meeting customer expectations. But operational silos and data fragmentation mean you lack the clear visibility needed to automate operations. Discover how, by synchronizing inventory and network data, you can reveal a clear ...
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Infographics and posters

Inventory and Network Synchronization Calculator

How much could you save? From operational costs to net profit, our business value calculator will show you exactly how your organization would benefit and help you build a business case for Blue Planet Inventory and Network Synchronization.

Solution briefs

Solution Brief: Virtual Edge Automation SB ENG

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has many potential benefits to service providers, improving service agility and lowering opex while helping generate incremental revenue streams. To enhance the competitiveness of their enterprise services...
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Join Ciena’s Matt Sherrod, Vice President of Product Management, and Mitch Simcoe, Director of Industry Marketing, for the Webinar: Improve Network Continuity with Smarter IP Management & Visibility. If you want to learn how utilities like you are...
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Videos

Demo: Blue Planet Bandwidth on Demand solution

The Blue Planet Bandwidth on Demand solution enables 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...
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Case Studies

Blue Planet Inventory transforms operations at a major CSP

This Appledore Research case study looks at how Blue Planet Inventory has transformed operations at a major CSP and enabled massive operational efficiency improvement and the introduction of new SD-WAN products.

Videos

Intelligent service level management for Service Providers: Blue Planet ROA demo

Monitoring SLAs on the diverse set of services offered across today’s networks can be challenging. How are services being delivered? What does a specific customer’s network look like across the core? Watch this short demo to see how...
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Videos

Intelligent application performance troubleshooting for Service Providers: Blue Planet ROA demo

Applications performance issues can be intermittent and often next to impossible to troubleshoot and often root cause is unknown. What if you had a tool that could look across your IP/MPLS entire network, regardless of infrastructure vendors and...
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Videos

Intelligent network planning for Service Providers: Blue Planet ROA demo

Wouldn’t it be great if you could leverage the true current-state of your IP network to model “what-if” planning scenarios before you make changes to your live network? Watch this short demo to see how Blue Planet ROA can enable ...
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Webinars

Webinar: Smarter IP Management and Visibility

Join Ciena’s Matt Sherrod, Vice President of Product Management and Chris Warhurst, Senior Director, Enterprise Sales Engineering, for the Webinar: Smarter IP Management and Visibility.

Articles

What Is Federation?

“Federation” refers to creating a single, unified view of a network provider’s information, which is spread across multiple, disparate IT systems, without the need to migrate data from those sources. This makes federation an attractive alternative...
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Webinars

Webinar: Layer 3 Service Assurance and Route Optimization Made Simple

Join Ciena’s Matt Sherrod, Vice President of Product Management and Chris Warhurst, Senior Director, Enterprise Sales Engineering, for the Webinar: Layer 3 Service Assurance and Route Optimization Made Simple.

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...
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Solution briefs

The 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...
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Case Studies

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...
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White Papers

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...
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Videos

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...
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Videos

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...
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Infobriefs

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,...
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Webinars

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,...
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Case Studies

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...
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Videos

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...
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Videos

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...
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Videos

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...
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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,...
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White Papers

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...
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Solution briefs

Preemptive Network Maintenance SB ENG

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...
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eBooks

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 ...
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Infobriefs

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...
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Infobriefs

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...
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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...
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Solution briefs

Solution Brief: Ethernet Service Automation Solution SB ENG

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

Solution briefs

Blue Planet: 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.

Solution briefs

Solution Brief: Blue Planet® Layer 3 Service Assurance SB ENG

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...
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Data Sheets

Route Optimization and Analysis Explorer Suite

The Blue Planet Route Optimization and Analysis (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.

Videos

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...
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Case Studies

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...
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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 ...
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White Papers

Inventory in Virtualized, Software-enabled Networks WP

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 ...
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White Papers

Whitepaper: 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...
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White Papers

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...
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Videos

IT + Network: Now a powerhouse combination (BP Revival)

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...
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Case Studies

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.

Articles

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.

White Papers

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 ...
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eBooks

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...
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Solution briefs

Wave Services Automation (Intelligent Automation of Wave Services) SB ENG

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...
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Data Sheets

Blue Planet Inventory DS

Ciena’s Blue Planet Inventory (BPI) is a flexible software platform that federates data from network providers’ multiple existing inventory systems, and presents it in a single dynamic view that accurately reflects the current state of network and...
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White Papers

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 ...
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Data Sheets

Explorer Traffic Engineering DS

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 Analysis (ROA) products. The Traffic Engineering application...
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White Papers

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...
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eBooks

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...
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eBooks

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...
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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...
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Data Sheets

Performance Explorer

Performance Explorer is a powerful module in the Blue Planet® Route Optimization and Analysis (ROA) Explorer Suite. When used in combination with Route Explorer® and Traffic Explorer® operations and engineering teams have real-time visibility into...
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Data Sheets

Traffic Explorer

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

Data Sheets

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.

Data Sheets

Blue Planet MDSO datasheet ENG

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...
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Data Sheets

Blue Planet Network Health Predictor DS ENG

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...
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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...
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Webinars

Webinar: 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...
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White Papers

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

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.

Articles

How series: 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...
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Solution briefs

Evolution to SDN, NFV, and Intelligent Automation SB ENG

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...
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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.

White Papers

White paper: Making Intelligent Automation a Reality with Advanced Analytics WP ENG

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 ...
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Infobriefs

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...
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Articles

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.

White Papers

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...
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Videos

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: ...
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Infobriefs

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.

eBooks

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

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...
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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...
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Infobriefs

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

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,...
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Infobriefs

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...
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Webinars

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...
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Articles

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 ...
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Articles

What is 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.

Videos

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

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...
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Videos

Chalk Talk Video: MCP

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.

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...
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Articles

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...
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White Papers

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...
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Webinars

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...
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Webinars

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.

Webinars

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...
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Data Sheets

Blue Planet Services Data Sheet DS ENG

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

Infobriefs

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, ...
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e-Guides

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...
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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...
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White Papers

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...
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Infobriefs

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...
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White Papers

Resource: White Paper: 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...
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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...
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Solution briefs

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 ...
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Infobriefs

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.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA: Troubleshooting VPN Connectivity

A common L3VPN issue is application connectivity. In the following Blue Planet ROA demo, a customer opens a ticket with the NOC because they are having intermittent connectivity between users in Chicago and a server in the Dallas datacenter.

This video provides an overview of the Route Explorer, which is the foundational module in Blue Planet ROA. The Route Explorer collects and analyzes all IGP and BGP routing events to provide real-time visibility into how routing behavior affects...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Fundamentals: Highlighting Paths

When a customer reports a problem with their service, a common step in troubleshooting is to check the path that the service traffic takes through the network. Blue Planet ROA enables us to view the past changes and current state of the path to...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Fundamentals: Mini Maps

Mini maps are an essential part of Blue Planet ROA context pages that help troubleshoot routing and path issues. They are a section of the topology map, that form a path, a tunnel or a VPN service network.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA Fundamentals: Inspector Menu

Learn how to use the Blue Planet ROA Node and Link Inspector to search for paths, SSH to devices, and drill into different context pages.

Blue Planet ROA fills a key management gap in IP/MPLS networks by providing real-time visibility into how routing behavior affects service delivery. This video provides an overview of the products that comprise Blue Planet ROA: Route Explorer,...
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Videos

Blue Planet Inventory Fundamentals: Context Menu

In Blue Planet Inventory, a Context Menu offers a list of relevant options that apply to a selected inventory object. For example, from the Context Menu of a Building, we can view the Location Summary, Inspect Properties, or add a Floor, Rack, or...
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Videos

Blue Planet Inventory Fundamentals: Network Diagram

In Blue Planet Inventory, a Network Diagram is a graphical representation of a network architecture such as an Ethernet, Optical, and Optical Transport Network (OTN). It shows the devices that make up a network and the connections between them,...
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Videos

Blue Planet Inventory Fundamentals: Properties Inspector

The Properties Inspector is common to most inventory objects. It helps to quickly look for an object’s attributes and its relationship with other objects in the inventory.

This quick video clip covers Object Highlighting within Blue Planet Inventory that makes Inventory Objects stand out by highlighting them in a different color.

Videos

Blue Planet Inventory Fundamentals: Location Summary

Learn how to use the Location Summary page to modify an existing location and view Building Content Information (such as Location Contents, Co-Lo Contents, and Devices).

Videos

Blue Planet Inventory Fundamentals: Rack Diagram

In Blue Planet Inventory, the Rack Diagram is a simple, two-dimensional view of a rack system with devices installed on it. Use it to view device positions on a rack virtually, look up specific devices within a rack, and view Planned and...
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Videos

Blue Planet Inventory Fundamentals: Device Summary

In Blue Planet Inventory, the Device Summary page can be used to view the summary and contents of devices in a network and also modify the Device Structure and Contents.

Before making changes to the network, it is important to ensure that network quality will not be affected by adding new services. In this video, learn how to use ROA to simulate adding new service instances to the existing network.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA Administration: Configuring BGP Zones

In ROA, BGP Zones are useful when you want to focus on a smaller part of a large BGP network. This video covers how to configure BGP zones in the configuration hierarchy.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA Administration: Collector

The Collector gathers router interface information, static and connected routes, VRF-related information, and RSVP-TE information Learn how to configure a Collector instance on a Route Recorder.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA Administration: Protocol Recording

Learn about how to configure different recording instances on ROA, such as IS-IS, OSPF, EIGRP, or BGP.

The Performance Explorer collects SNMP-based performance data from network devices to enable sophisticated root cause analysis by correlating changes in performance to path changes caused by routing events. In this video, we'll learn about the...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Administration: Traffic Explorer Overview

Blue Planet ROA’s Traffic Explorer provides a comprehensive view of traffic flows in the network. It extends traditional traffic analysis beyond interface-centric reporting, enabling you to leverage network-wide, end-to-end visibility into...
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Videos

Blue Planet Inventory Fundamentals: Data Tree

This video covers the different types of Data Trees in Blue Planet Inventory and how you can use them to navigate through your inventory. The four types of Data Trees covered are: User’s Data, Locations, Network Inventory, and Service...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Network Planning: Adding Traffic and Network Maintenance

An important part of network maintenance is adding new capacity to the existing network, or rebalancing traffic from congested to less utilized links. Discover how you can use Blue Planet ROA's topology planning tool to plan additional traffic,...
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Learn about how you can use Blue Planet ROA's Topology Planning tool to simulate network changes and determine impact analysis based on a real-time model of your network.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA Administration: Configuring the Geolocation Map

The Blue Planet ROA geolocation map groups nodes in your network topology based on physical location. When this feature is enabled, the background of the topology map becomes a geographic map. Learn how to configure the Geolocation map using...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Administration: Configuration Hierarchy

Blue Planet ROA uses recorders to retrieve different pieces of information from a network. Learn about how Administrators can configure two backbone networks in ROA.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA Fundamentals: Context Pages

Learn about the different context pages that are available in Blue Planet ROA. Context pages provide comprehensive performance graphs and charts to help monitor devices, links, paths, and more.

Use Blue Planet ROA to go back in time to find the cause of a network issue on a path between a Seattle and New York router. You can use this feature to view historical times for reports, performance and event graphs, mini maps, context pages, and ...
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Videos

Blue Planet ROA Fundamentals: Navigation

This short video walks you through the Blue Planet ROA software using the top navigation ribbon.

Videos

Blue Planet ROA Fundamentals: Topology Map

The ROA Topology Map provides an overall view of the network, which helps visualize paths, view router status and links, spot outages, identify routing failures, and uncover potential configuration errors.

Videos

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.

Videos

Orchestrating NFV vCPE

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.

Videos

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...
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Videos

Overview of NFV Orchestration

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

Videos

Introduction to Network Function Virtualization

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.

Brochures

Blue Planet Intelligent Automation Portfolio (formerly Blue Planet Product Brochure)

The Blue Planet Intelligent Automation Portfolio lets network providers use deep visibility into their network to automate and optimize their business processes, improve agility, and reduce costs. Open and standards-based software, Blue Planet works ...
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Webinars

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...
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Webinars

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.

Videos

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...
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Videos

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...
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Quizzes

Blue Planet SDN and NFV Quiz

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...
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