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Blue Planet SDN and NFV Platform Overview

The Transformation of Your Network Starts with Software

SDN and NFV have launched an exciting new era in the communications industry, transforming networks to be more software-centric, agile, and efficient. This transformation goes beyond the simple orchestration of virtual network functions (VNFs) or the ability to configure physical network elements. Physical and virtual resources need to be stitched together into end-to-end services, orchestrated across multiple domains, and managed throughout their lifecycle. The end-result is a platform that delivers virtualized network services that are software-controlled, dynamically created, and delivered on-demand.

Cyan's Blue Planet is the first carrier-grade SDN and NFV platform built specifically to provide the service orchestration, automation, SDN control, and multi-vendor management capabilities required for network operators and the WAN. The award-winning Blue Planet platform is widely deployed and field-proven, having been implemented by more than 150 network operators worldwide since its introduction in November 2012.


  • Carrier-grade, multi-vendor SDN and NFV platform designed to automate, orchestrate, and manage the lifecycle of virtualized services across data centers and the WAN
  • Includes a family of applications designed to control and manage both physical network elements and virtual SDN/NFV resources
  • Proven solution deployed with network operators worldwide
  • Modular platform that includes a multi-layer WAN SDN controller, NFV orchestrator, FCAPS management of both physical and virtual elements, advanced visualization, and more
  • Programmable system that leverages a flexible, template-based architecture and open APIs to integrate with existing systems, and accelerate service and application development

A Family of Applications

Blue Planet provides a family of applications, including Planet Orchestrate and Planet Operate, designed to control and manage physical network elements and virtual SDN/NFV service resources.

Advanced Visualization

The Blue Planet applications incorporate advanced visualization of network layers, network elements, and even virtual service components, enabling users to better understand the network and interact with it in a more intuitive way. This unprecedented insight into the relationships between different service resources increases provisioning accuracy and reduces configuration times for operators, while enabling them to isolate faults much more quickly in the event of an unexpected service interruption.

Open and Programmable Architecture

Blue Planet abstracts the network, hiding the complexity of different technology domains, technology layers, as well as multi-vendor hardware and software, to transform the network into a programmable, easy-to-use resource. The Blue Planet architecture leverages open application programming interfaces (APIs), as well as a template-based approach for defining virtual and physical service resources to reduce the complexity associated with integrating with multi-vendor software and network elements.

Northbound APIs allow customers and partners to develop their own applications, and integrate them with existing OSSs and other critical software systems. Blue Planet supports a suite of northbound APIs for service management and orchestration. This includes the Carrier Ethernet Services API to automate provisioning and activation of Ethernet services across multi-vendor networks, thus reducing service turn-up times from weeks, or even months, down to minutes.

Southbound Interfaces and “Element Adapters” enable Blue Planet to communicate with a wide array of multi-vendor network elements. This innovative approach enables Blue Planet to interact with newer SDN-enabled equipment and legacy network elements using a variety of protocols and interfaces including CLI, TL1, NETCONF/YANG, and others. Today, Blue Planet supports nearly fifty 3rd party devices from 15 different vendors.

Industry standard TOSCA templates and information models simplify the process of defining service components and their relationships, such on-boarding and removing VNFs, as well as service chaining VNFs with physical devices such as NIDs and switches/routers, to streamline end-to-end orchestration.

The flexibility provided by Blue Planet’s open and programmable architecture allows network operators to use the components of their choice when designing their services, as well as to operationalize them more quickly. Cyan’s Blue Orbit Ecosystem goes even further by testing interoperability among NFV and SDN solutions from an array of partners to lessen technology risks for network operators and accelerate production deployments.

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