OneConnect Intelligent Control Plane

Unprecedented automation and resiliency across the entire network.

In today’s telecom networking world, end-users require very specific services from the service provider to keep pace with a continuous and growing array of new mobile communication devices able to deliver some very unique applications.

With this in mind, network providers need more control over their network—allowing them the freedom to make changes to bandwidth profiles based on specific demand or offer levels of service that meet end-user requirements. Additionally, they want a network that can rapidly adapt to problems, outages, maintenance issues and other changes that might adversely affect network performance and reliability.

Ciena, a recognized control plane expert, has now extended its control plane technology out from the core into the metro, access, and long-haul subsea networks, and into the photonic domain as well. Leveraging more than 14 years of tried-and-tested, globally deployed experience, OneConnect works in conjunction with Ciena’s OneControl Unified Management System and One Planner Unified Design Tool to provide unmatched value to global network providers.

OneConnect’s extension across domains amplifies the value of cross-domain service deployment velocity, network survivability and cost savings. Ciena has delivered proven economic benefits and unmatched scalability and reliability for the world’s largest service providers. OneConnect is available on the 54006500 and CoreDirector FS product families.

Ciena’s OneConnect is deployed in large (1,000+ node) networks with field-measured, unprecedented six-9s (99.9999%) reliability. OneConnect substantially lowers network OPEX with auto-discovery, low-touch service creation, and zero-touch restoration; and CAPEX by leveraging automatic photonic protection in conjunction with OTN restoration to survive multiple failures with less-deployed equipment. Differentiated SLAs can be offered with latency-aware optimization for time-critical financial applications, lower MTTR for unprotected services, and protected wavelength services at new economics.  

Service providers can now offer exciting and new virtualized services that meet the same performance and privacy standards of a private optical build—but with new economics. Optical Virtual Private Networks (O-VPNs) enhance the flexibility and dynamic nature of the network and make it easier for service providers to offer just-in-time services such as event-driven broadcast and cloud applications.

Reducing CAPEX and OPEX, automating network operations for increased survivability and accelerated service turn-up, and broadening the network operator’s service and application scope are key elements in Ciena’s vision and strategy for transforming the network into a dynamic, intelligent and revenue-generating asset.