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Embracing openness and the future of networking


An open ecosystem fosters innovation, opens up new market opportunities, and accelerates the development and adoption of disruptive technologies through a community of trust. Ciena’s mission to preserve the open, multi-vendor approach that the industry increasingly embraces. As a customer, you benefit from flexible ‘choice’. You can select best-of-breed technologies and solutions that best suit your specific business needs. We showcase our commitment to open collaboration at both the company and industry levels.

Ciena’s Blue Orbit ecosystem brings together domain expertise and partnerships across a multitude of areas to help accelerate your network transformation—enabled by Ciena’s Blue Planet platform for intelligent networking and automation. And we’re an active participant in industry-wide open source initiatives. As experts in both network infrastructure, NFV management, and orchestration domains, we anticipate making significant contributions to these communities by sharing our ideas, knowledge, and best practices.

"It's the technologies that enable the greatest degree of choice for customers that will win"
- Gary Smith, President & CEO, Ciena

Blue orbit ecosystem

Blue Orbit
The Blue Planet Open Ecosystem

The Blue Orbit ecosystem, enabled by Ciena’s comprehensive Blue Planet software suite, focuses on collaboration between customers and ecosystem members under four distinct categories: Blue Orbit Community Member, DevOps Partner, Service Partner, and Technology Partner. Some notable additions to Blue Orbit ecosystem include Akamai Technologies, the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services; Ammeon, a leading IT and network transformation services company; Check Point Software Technologies, the largest network cyber security vendor globally; and  EMC, the world’s largest provider of data storage systems.

DevOps Partners

Partners who participate in the DevOps Exchange and use the DevOps Toolkit to create resource adapters and service templates, and develop new use cases

  • Adtran
  • Ammeon
  • CGI
  • EMC
  • Kukloud
  • LightRiver Technologies
  • ON.LAB
  • Positron Telecommunications
  • Silver Peak
  • Willcom


Technology partners

Partners offering products such as virtual network functions, physical network elements, servers, and software that we are committed to on-boarding

  • Accedian
  • Akamai
  • Adva
  • Brocade
  • Camunda
  • Canonical
  • Dell
  • Fortinet
  • Intel
  • Juniper
  • Mirantis
  • Pica
  • RAD
  • Redhat
  • Telco Systems
  • Versa
  • VMWare
  • Wind

Service partners

Partners who offer services such as network operations centers, systems integrators, and managed service providers

  • ADV
  • Calsoft
  • FVC
  • Kapsch
  • Prodapt
  • Reply
  • Sanmina
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tech Mahindra
  • Telindus

Community partners

Partners in the early stages of joint development

  • 6wind
  • Actelis Networks
  • Active Broadband Networks
  • ADI Engineering
  • Advantech
  • Aperi
  • Aria Networks
  • Aricent
  • Arista
  • Audio Codes
  • Benu
  • Beesion
  • Black Ridge Technology
  • Brillio
  • Calient
  • Calix
  • Cataleya
  • Centina Systems
  • Certes Networks
  • Check Point
  • Cloudcover
  • Cognizant
  • Corsa
  • CSC
  • EXFO
  • Genband
  • Imvision Technologies
  • Infovista
  • Lanner
  • Mellanox
  • Metaswitch Networks
  • Mitel
  • Netrounds
  • Network Mining
  • Nice people at work
  • NoviFlow
  • Omnitron Systems
  • Accelerate
  • Packet Design
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Positron
  • Powerdns
  • Qualitest
  • Qwilt
  • Resilient Network Systems
  • Ryu
  • Sandvine
  • Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • SevOne
  • Siama Systems
  • Spirent Communications
  • Telenet
  • Teoco
  • VeloCloud
  • Veryx
  • Wedge Networks

Announced trials, POCs and production network with Blue Orbit partners

As one of the industry’s first and most widely deployed SDN and NFV orchestration platforms for network operators, Blue Planet has engaged with Blue Orbit partners in a number of publicly announced production network deployments, trials, and PoCs. This includes multiple use cases with leading network operators that demonstrate real-world NFV and SDN implementations, ranging from multi-vendor Ethernet service automation to deterministic NFV.

Trials, proofs of concept, and production networks with Blue Orbit partners

As one of the industry’s first and most widely deployed SDN and NFV orchestration platforms for network operators, Blue Planet has engaged with Blue Orbit partners in a number of publicly announced production network deployments, trials, and PoCs with leading network operators. This includes multiple use cases that demonstrate real-world implementation of NFV and SDN, ranging from multi-vendor Ethernet service automation to deterministic NFV.

Colt, Blue Planet, VMWARE and Versa: Orchestrating vCPE services on centralized VMWARE cloud infrastructure

In a Colt-sponsored, multi-vendor PoC showcase at the Layer123 NFV World Congress in September 2014, Blue Planet demonstrated multi-domain, lifecycle service orchestration of virtual CPE (vCPE) VNFs across an NFV-ready data center infrastructure and an SDN-enabled Carrier Ethernet WAN. This PoC demonstrated an open and agile architecture that allows network operators to efficiently integrate best-in-class VNFs and rapidly develop and operationalize innovative new NFV-enabled Ethernet business services.

CenturyLink and Blue Planet: Orchestration of nfv-based services with NG-OSS

CenturyLink announced that the company will leverage Cyan’s Blue Planet to orchestrate the delivery of NFV-enhanced services to their enterprise and small and mid-sized business (SMB) customers. Specifically, Blue Planet will be integrated with CenturyLink’s Programmable Services Backbone (PSB), providing the ability to orchestrate VNFs from multiple vendors and bridge multiple technologies to rapidly deploy new services across the company’s footprint.

Telefónica, Blue Planet, Brocade, Intel, and Red Hat: Orchestrating vRouter VNF with deterministic performance

Telefonica collaborated with Brocade, Cyan, Intel, and Red Hat to demonstrate an advanced and multi-vendor implementation of the ETSI ISG NFV architecture capable of intelligently orchestrating resources to ensure predictable performance for telco-grade network functions. This was called Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA). The EPA demo utilized Cyan’s Blue Planet as the intelligent NFV service orchestrator, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter as the VNF, and Telefónica’s custom VIM, all running on hardware infrastructure utilizing Intel processors. Building upon the Deterministic NFV Collaboration with Telefonica and Red Hat announced in 2014, the demo showcased the deterministic allocation of CPU, memory, I/O, and storage resources in real-time to deliver carrier-grade performance for a particular type of VNF.

CenturyLink, Blue Planet, Fortinet, RAD and Certes: Orchestrating vCPE services on distributed openstack cloud infrastructure

This ETSI-approved NFV ISG PoC demonstrated the ability to support the deployment of multi-vendor VNFs at the customer edge. Within the PoC, RAD Distributed NFV (D-NFV) NIDs hosted Fortinet’s vFirewall and Certes’ vEncrypt VNFs, with Blue Planet serving as the central micro/macro orchestrator for the entire ecosystem. Together, they demonstrate how new virtualized services can be turned up quickly to deliver new revenues from compelling and differentiated Ethernet services.

Colt, Blue Planet and Accedian: SDN and automated, multi-vendor service provisioning

The pan-European operator Colt has deployed Ciena’s packet-optical platforms and Accedian Ethernet NIDs, in combination with Blue Planet, as the basis of the company’s “Modular MSP Architecture”. Within this award-winning network design, Blue Planet serves as a SDN control and management platform for automating the provisioning and activation of Ethernet and VPN services over Colt’s multi-vendor layer 2 Ethernet metro and access networks. Since the production network was deployed, Colt has decreased its average time for turning up new Ethernet and VPN services from 45 days to less than 15, effectively increasing service velocity and time-to-revenue.

Blue Planet helps Colt automate services across the edge/metro core.

Blue Planet DevOps Exchange

The Blue Planet DevOps Exchange is an exclusive place for developers that provides access to tools, resources, and community.

About the DevOps Exchange


To support and allow development of Resources Adapters:

  • DevOps Toolkit
  • Training


To guide and reference during each development stage of a Resource Adapter:

  • Resource Adapter Code
  • Sample Service Templates
  • Development Guides
  • How To Videos


Peers and DevOps subject matter experts to ask and answer, connect, collaborate and share with during every stage of your Blue Planet experience. Community members include:

  • Blue Planet DevOps team members
  • Blue Orbit partners
  • Other users of Blue Planet

Join the Blue Planet DevOps Exchange today

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