CONCORD, CA – December 10, 2020LightRiver, the premier optical network integration solution provider for next generation, multi-vendor, Factory Built Networks® and netFLEX® Optical Domain Control Software solutions, today announces its expanded support of the transport technologies that are reshaping how operators build and operate networks. The latest netFLEX platform release 4.3.0 expands upon its industry leading multi-vendor support for DWDM Open Line, NextGen DCI/Waves platforms, and Packet Edge transport, all of which support realtime inventory, programmable analytics, and control automation. This next generation of multi-vendor architecture results in a new level of service complexity, such as with implementations of Alien Waves, Spectrum-as-a-Service, 5G-Sliced-Transport, and Network-as-a-Service, all of which require a new level of automation to simplify and standardize the customer experience.

netFLEX 4.3.0 continues to broaden support for wavelength services across the leading OEM DWDM/OTN network elements by adding increased support for Fixed, CD-Flex, CDC-Flex grid environments, as netFLEX is leveraged by multiple Tier 1 wireline, wireless, and DC/Exchange network operators at scale. Whether the application is large scale aggregation, Data Center Interconnect, or longhaul services, netFLEX provides full life-cycle automation across standardized UI and API frameworks for the leading network technology suppliers. Release 4.3.0 now supports 300+ transport platforms across Wavelength, Disagg/Open, Packet Edge, and Legacy Transport network elements. netFLEX 4.3.0 and prior releases from 2020 reflect expansions of the netFLEX northbound integrations to additional OSS, Orchestration, and Big Data solutions, including federated inventory, alarming/ticketing and open source orchestrators to further establish netFLEX as the industry go-to for Optical Domain Control within an SDN Reference Model.

Additionally, as yet another industry first for netFLEX, ‘Alien Aware Networking’ is now available for network management visibility and control of bring your own…DWDM Line Systems, Transponders, Pluggables, and Packet Edge instances in order to ‘remove the Alien from Alien Waves.’

Backed by 20 years of network element coverage, netFLEX 4.3.0 continues this support while also offering expanded functional capabilities. The netFLEX REST/JSON API Framework continues to expand on standard automation services to consuming northbound applications in full support of today’s Digital Experience requirements.

“As the transport network is quickly evolving toward Open, Disaggregated, Plug-and-Play architectures, end-to-end network management is more critical than ever. 2020 has been a break-out year of innovation, as seen by vast advancement of new network elements and automation services supported across Open Optical and NextGen Waves solutions,” states Travis Ewert, COO of LightRiver. “The most exciting part is witnessing our customers leverage this automation to realize tens of millions in cost avoidance, introduce industry firsts for Waves Automation and AI-Ops, and truly deliver better employee and end-customer experiences.”

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