Blue Planet is an open, intelligent automation platform that lets service providers use deep knowledge about the network to power adaptive optimization of their services and operations. It facilitates the evolution toward more efficient, modernized network operations and software-defined programmability to accelerate the delivery of on-demand services, reduce costs, and enable a path to increased network autonomy.

Blue Planet Software SuiteWith Blue Planet, you can:

  • Improve business agility and service velocity by abstracting network complexity and driving end-to-end automation
  • Incorporate intelligence into operations through big data network analytics and intent-based service templates
  • Maintain a competitive edge by developing best-in-class services more quickly to meet fast-changing demands

The Blue Planet platform is a cohesive system combining Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO), advanced analytics, and SDN in a common micro-services-based architecture. Built on the foundations of agility and collaborative innovation, it provides the extensibility and openness to build intelligent networks for powering the digital age. Products can be deployed individually or in any combination and include:

  • Multi-Domain Service Orchestration
  • NFV Orchestration
  • Analytics
  • Network Health Predictor
  • Route Optimization and Assurance
  • Manage, Control and Plan

You can also take advantage of the Blue Planet Community’s resources—as well as the DevOps Exchange and DevOps Toolkit—to share ideas, rapidly adopt the newest technologies, and extend your network with best-in-class capabilities. Blue Planet products and solutions are backed by a full suite of professional services and world-class support.


MDSO orchestrates across multiple vendor and technology domains


End-to-end service automation and orchestration across multiple physical and virtual technology domains

Blue Planet provides MDSO capabilities to increase service velocity and lower costs. Leveraging open APIs and intent-based, model-driven templates, Blue Planet enables seamless service automation across any mix of vendors and network layers. MDSO eliminates silos by abstracting the complexity of underlying domains and simplifies end-to-end services lifecycle management, visibility, and control.

NFV Service OrchestrationNFV ORCHESTRATION

Scalable, vendor-agnostic management and orchestration of Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) and distributed data center resources

The Blue Planet platform delivers carrier-grade NFV orchestration capabilities for instantiating, managing, and chaining VNFs. Unlike closed solutions from many large incumbent vendors, Blue Planet leverages an open and vendor-agnostic approach, allowing you to use the VNFs and NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) of your choice to streamline the definition and creation of innovative new NFV-based services.


Advanced analytics products based on big data and machine-learning innovations

Blue Planet incorporates powerful analytics for deep insights into the network—helping you make smarter, data-driven business decisions. Blue Planet Analytics (BPA) comprises two components: a robust and flexible framework for collecting, processing, and storing data from multiple sources across the network, and upper-layer analytics applications that leverage machine learning innovations. This design approach gives you the ability to visualize and identify trends to create more profitable services, better predict capacity requirements, and anticipate potential network and service disruptions before they happen.


Analytics application enabling preemptive network maintenance across the optical, Ethernet, and IP layers of the network

Network Health Predictor (NHP) provides easy-to-use graphical tools allowing you to view the state of the network and equipment, identify trends, and assess the probability of failures. Machine learning techniques and predictive analytics offer deep network insight. NHP is the first product among the forthcoming family of analytics applications designed for the BPA framework.

NHP is an analytics application that enables preemptive network maintenance of the transport network.

Real-time IP/MPLS network visibility to assure and optimize performance of critical services

The Blue Planet Route Optimization and Assurance (ROA) products uniquely combine routing, traffic, and performance analytics for real-time, path-aware operational monitoring, and back-in-time forensics to troubleshoot problems that can cause service disruptions. Interactive modeling helps engineers optimize their networks by helping to predict the impact of changes, simulate new workloads for capacity planning, and test failure scenarios.

manage, control, plan diagramMANAGE, CONTROL AND PLAN

Unified, SDN-based domain control for Ciena packet and optical networks

Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) software provides SDN-based domain control of Ciena’s next-generation packet and optical networks, including equipment commissioning, service provisioning, assurance, and performance monitoring. Operations are greatly automated and simplified through MCP’s open programmatic APIs and its intuitive GUI. This enables granular resource management and control, and the ability to efficiently and effectively plan your network to meet your customers’ service needs. Built on Blue Planet’s open, extensible micro-services architecture, MCP marks a strategic shift from legacy, fragmented network management software, leading the transformation to programmable cloud-native operations that easily integrate into your business processes.


V-WAN delivers the same on-demand, elastic, pay-per-use capabilities for connectivity services that the cloud model has ushered in for computing and storage services

Ciena’s V-WAN product is a multi-tenant network virtualization and connectivity service-automation engine. With V-WAN, you can offer your enterprise, content provider, and cloud services customers self-service capabilities or automated on-demand network services.

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