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As more applications are being deployed in the cloud, the limitations of older, monolithic software applications are becoming more apparent. Changes made to a small part of the application require the entire monolith to be rebuilt and re-deployed. Scaling equates to scaling of the entire application rather than just the components that require more resources. As a result, changes and improvements are made at a glacial pace, new features are adopted slowly, and integration with third-party integration systems is difficult. In addition, the increasing CAPEX and OPEX required to operate and upgrade these platforms is becoming a material burden on the balance sheet.
The micro-services architecture was developed to address these challenges. In a micro-services architecture, an application is built using a combination of loosely coupled and service-specific software containers that communicate using APIs, instead of using a single, tightly coupled monolith of code. This development methodology makes an application easier to enhance, maintain, and scale, making it prevalent in cloud environments.
Ciena’s Blue Planet is built upon a container-based micro-services architecture. Unlike the SDN and NFV solutions from large incumbent suppliers that package multiple monolithic software applications focused on individual technology domains, Blue Planet provides a vendor-agnostic and programmable software platform that is highly customizable for the network operator. Beyond SDN management and control (full FCAPS) for Ciena’s packet and packet-optical networking products, Blue Planet can be tailored to support use cases ranging from NFV service orchestration to multi-vendor automation, and/or multi-domain service orchestration.
Blue Planet Micro-Service Architecture can enable a number of customer use cases from the same platform.
A container-based micro-services architecture provides a complete departure from monolithic software systems, creating a number of exciting opportunities. All of these benefits translate to transformative service agility, reduce OPEX, and lower the massive professional services fees typically associated with monolithic software design.
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