Blue Planet SDN and NFV Platform Applications
Recognized globally for its innovative and game-changing approach to SDN-based network management and visualization, Blue Planet offers a family of applications designed to simplify end-to-end service deployment and orchestration. The Blue Planet applications enable coordination and allocation of both WAN and virtual resources including multi-vendor network elements, virtual network functions, cloud resources, and Cyan Z-Series packet-optical hardware.
The primary challenge facing network operators today remains how to quickly introduce and operationalize new cloud and NFV-based services while keeping costs under control. Planet Orchestrate is Cyan’s innovative multi-domain and multi-technology SDN and NFV orchestration application. Architected to be entirely modular, data and template-driven, Planet Orchestrate accelerates service velocity by providing the intelligent allocation, creation and management of virtual and physical service resources – including networking, storage, compute, and applications – across the telco cloud and the WAN from a single-pane-of-glass.
Multi-layer wide area networks have historically been operated using multiple layer- and vendor-specific management systems with no awareness of adjacent layers or network resources. The resulting complexity leads to poor overall network utilization, configuration errors, delayed resolution of issues, and ultimately, to higher costs. Planet Operate is the industry's first multi-vendor, multi-layer SDN controller and management application for wide area networks. Providing centralized SDN control and automation, in addition to end-to-end fault, configuration, accounting, provisioning, and security (FCAPS) capabilities that leverage advanced 3D visualization, Planet Operate dramatically simplifies network operations.
Service Level Agreements (SLAs) are a critical component of metro/business Ethernet, wireless backhaul, wholesale transport, and other network services. However, generating SLA compliance reports for end-customers is typically a manual, labor-intensive process that requires aggregating data from multiple different sources on a reactive basis. Planet View is Cyan’s performance monitoring and SLA assurance application that allows the network operator to provide end-customers with real-time and historical visibility into the performance of their services via a customized web portal.
Rapidly changing network demands are causing an increased emphasis on the performance and ROI of network assets. As a result, many network operators are asking for a clear, multi-vendor view of what is in their network and how it is performing. The Planet Inventory application provides inventory reporting for multi-layer, multi-vendor packet-optical networks. Furthermore, Planet Inventory supports integration with existing inventory systems via RESTful northbound APIs.
As networks continue to expand in size, scope, and technological complexity, the process of planning new deployments, or expanding existing networks, becomes increasingly difficult. The Planet Design application allows network operators to design networks more quickly and cost-effectively, accelerating the deployment of new services.