In this research note, Appledore Research assesses the rationale behind Ciena’s rebranding of its Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) optical and IP domain controller as Navigator Network Control Suite TM (Navigator NCS), marking a focus on cross-layer automation. The move aims to transition the management tool to an automation platform, integral to an operator’s Network Automation Software (NAS). The rebrand suggests the software is designed to help customers navigate service paths, operations and automation towards operational efficiencies and autonomic networks.

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