Concord, Calif. – October 24, 2022LightRiver, the premier optical network integration solution provider for next generation, multi-vendor, Factory Built Networks® and netFLEX® Transport Domain Orchestration and Control Software solutions, announces today the expanded support of Open Optical technologies and new API-driven innovations for Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) with the release of netFLEX 4.6.1.

Open Optical and disaggregated networking are of growing importance as supply chain issues now prompt network operators to deploy multi-vendor solutions. The latest netFLEX platform release 4.6.1 expands upon its industry leading Open Optical support of multi-vendor and multi-technology automation of DWDM Open Line Systems, Coherent Pluggable Optics, Switch/Router Packet Edge, and next generation DCI/Transponders. All of these features support an API-first methodology for realtime inventory, programmable analytics, and control automation, as leveraged for Open Optical networking and broader inclusion within LightRiver’s award winning Alien Aware Networking® solution that provides network design, build, deploy, and end-to-end automation.

Examples of new technologies now supported by netFLEX and Alien Aware Networking include:

  • Continued expansion of Cisco Routed Optical Networking and 82xx routers, Acacia ZR/ZR+ optics and NCS product line
  • Further expansion of the Infinera GX product line
  • Marvell coherent pluggable optics and whitebox switch/router (Teralynx and SONiC NOS)
  • Latest Smartoptics DCP-R-9D OLS ROADM
  • Core Open Line System advancements to Adva FSP, Ciena 6500, Infinera XTM, and Nokia 1830

“As network disaggregation within the transport domain builds momentum as prompted by supply chain issues and network consolidation with IP-over-DWDM to free up space and power, LightRiver continues to lead the industry based on key suppliers and technologies supported for end-to-end management within netFLEX,” states Scotty Benda, Chief Product Officer of LightRiver. “Across the board, each one of our netFLEX customers is leveraging the platform to simplify complex multi-vendor networks to improve Customer Experience.”

As more service providers begin to embrace NaaS, release 4.6.1 continues to extend industry leadership and the sheer volume of ‘make it all look the same’ API services. This framework is now leveraged more broadly by Tier 1 Network Operators to enable customer self-serve of Shop, Buy, Get, Use, Pay, and Assure use cases to transform their Digital Service engagements with customers.

“We are excited to see many netFLEX customers leverage our network-as-the-source APIs to empower their end customers for self-serve applications,” concludes Travis Ewert, Chief Operating Officer of LightRiver Software. “The ability for large enterprises to get access to network health, self-test, capacity, and broader information that is real-time in nature, as provided by their service provider, is definitely a game changer for Wavelength Service offerings.”

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About LightRiver

LightRiver is the premier provider of next generation, multi-vendor, Factory Built Networks® and netFLEX® vendor neutral, Optical Domain Orchestration and Control Software solutions. LightRiver is an expert in Packet Optical, DWDM/ROADM, MPLS and Carrier Ethernet systems and designs, engineers, commissions, automates and supports next generation, software controlled, transport networks for mission-critical clients that require the highest capacity, reliability, resiliency and manageability that today’s optical communications technology can deliver.

LightRiver is a portfolio company of Grain Management, LLC, a leading Washington, D.C.-based investment firm, focused on the global communications sector. LightRiver delivers unique value with turnkey hardware and software solutions, carrier-grade quality and unparalleled customer care in multi-technology networking.

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About Grain Management

Grain Management, LLC is a leading global investment firm that focuses on broadband infrastructure and technology companies that connect the world to the information economy. Founded in 2007, Grain invests exclusively in the global telecommunications sector, employing a rigorous, data-based process buoyed by deep industry expertise to identify investment opportunities in key areas of telecommunications infrastructure, including fiber networks, wireless spectrum and cell towers.

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