Blue Planet SDN Platform Overview

The Transformation of Your Network Starts with Software

The communications industry has entered an exciting new era with the emergence of SDN and NFV. These technologies allow network operators to break free from expensive, vertically integrated legacy network architectures and deliver the multi-vendor software control and orchestration operators have been demanding for years.

Prior to the launch of Blue Planet, most SDN innovation occurred inside the data center. Cyan Blue Planet is the first carrier-grade SDN and NFV orchestration platform built specifically for network operators and the wide area network (WAN). Blue Planet has been implemented in 100 production networks worldwide since its introduction in November 2012, which includes deployments with top-tier global carriers, regional service providers, data center operators, content providers, cable operators, and more.

Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN Platform was designed, from the start, to disaggregate software from hardware so that network management, service orchestration, and control are handled by the software. And while network hardware must still be scalable and deliver the high-performance required by today’s demanding applications, it also must be agnostic to the software that controls its function. Another by-product of SDN is that equipment ends up being lower-cost and COTS-based as software is moved off of the hardware itself.

Cyan's focus on building a best-in-class SDN and NFV Orchestration platform has resulted in awards and recognition from the industry. Most recently, Blue Planet won Light Reading's 2013 Leading Lights Award for Best New Telecom Product and Telecom Asia's 2013 Innovation and Reader's Choice Award for SDN Innovation of the Year.


  • New! Open northbound APIs, enabling network operators to develop their own applications, automate service activation and reduce service turn-up time from months or weeks to minutes.
  • Carrier-grade SDN platform built specifically for network operators and the WAN
  • Rapid service introduction and differentiation - simplify service design, orchestration, provisioning, and more
  • Widely deployed with network operators worldwide
  • Lower OpEx and CapEx - use existing network assets more efficiently and reduce dependency on proprietary hardware
  • Open, multi-vendor architecture supports more than 50 third-party devices from 25 different suppliers
  • Centralized control and management of the multi-layer, multi-vendor WAN with 3D network visualization

APIs for Network Programmability

Cyan has begun publishing northbound APIs, which allow customers and partners to develop their own applications on top of the Blue Planet platform, as well as enable integration with OSSs and other critical operational systems. Network operators can use these APIs to automate service activation and reduce service turn-up time from months or weeks to minutes. Service automation is enabled by Blue Planet’s ability to push service attributes down to the multi-vendor network. Customers no longer have to provision each device separately in individual element management systems (EMS) to turn-up a service, which in some instances can take as long as 2 to 3 months. Utilizing Cyan APIs and the Blue Planet’s inherent multi-vendor and multi-layer intelligence, network services are seamlessly deployed within hours or days regardless of the underlying infrastructure.

The first API available to customers is Cyan’s Carrier Ethernet Services 2.0 API, which is being utilized by multiple customers to quickly provision and automate Ethernet services.

Orchestration and Visualization

By centralizing control and management for the multi-layer WAN, Blue Planet lowers costs and simplifies network operations for customers, allowing them to develop and orchestrate new services and virtualized network-functions more efficiently across a multi-vendor infrastructure. Blue Planet’s 3D visualization of network layers, services, network elements, and other network resources allow the operator to interact more intuitively with the network. This revolutionary advancement dramatically streamlines service orchestration, provisioning, fault management, and more from end-to-end across metro, regional, wireless backhaul, data center interconnect (DCI), and wide area networks.

Open, Multi-vendor Applications

The Blue Planet SDN Platform leverages an open architecture that incorporates both northbound and southbound application programming interfaces (APIs). This innovative design enables integration with existing OSS systems and also facilitates development of applications that operate and program the underlying multi-vendor network infrastructure. Today, Blue Planet provides a wide range of apps to simplify the design, operation, monitoring, and inventory of multi-layer, multi-vendor networks, and currently supports more than 50 third-party devices from 25 different suppliers.

Blue Planet applications available today include: Planet Design, Planet Inventory, Planet Operate, and Planet View.

SDN and NFV Orchestration

Cyan is actively testing and demonstrating new SDN and NFV Orchestration technology and use cases with customers. Our goals are to deliver wide-area network management, automation, and elasticity and fuse it with the orchestration of data center resources and virtualized network functions.

Software Makes the Difference

The combination of Blue Planet and the Cyan Z-Series P-OTPs enables a fully software-defined, open, and virtualized network that gives network operators the flexibility to select best-in-class, multi-vendor solutions across a wide range of applications.

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