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Manage, Control and Plan

Unleash the programmability of your Ciena network

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Get services to market quickly. Gain a competitive edge. And realize operational efficiencies. Ciena’s Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller brings the power of software-defined programmability to your next-gen Ciena network. MCP eliminates the manual, time-consuming, error-prone steps typically required to plan and build the network and to deliver and assure services across it. And MCP’s open interfaces allow for easy integration into your operational environment and an evolution to automation and the Adaptive Network™.

Goodbye legacy NMS. Hello automated lifecycle operations.

Manage, Control and Plan lifecycle diagram

Built on an open micro-services architecture, MCP domain controller is a strategic shift from legacy, monolithic network management software. Need to extend your capabilities? No problem. Feature enhancement deployments are streamlined with the power of modular micro-services. Open REST APIs allow for ease of integration with other applications. Furthermore, MCP’s cloud-native platform allows for elastic scale and high performance to support your network growth.

Now that’s what software control and automation is all about.

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MCP automation interface, map, and nodes


Accelerate your journey to MCP success

Investing in MCP is a major step in the right direction. Getting the most from it is just as important. And in this case, speed matters.

Enter Ciena’s MCP Services. It’s a suite of services―including Learning, Deployment, Migration, Customization, Adoption, and Operationalization―designed to help you realize the benefits of MCP faster, while maintaining focus on your core competencies.

MCP Services allow you to:

  • Shorten time to financial benefits from MCP by supporting and extending in-house capabilities with Ciena’s proven expertise, processes, and best practices
  • Enjoy flexibility and choice with the ability to select only those services you need to ensure your MCP implementation is a success
  • Simplify operations with a single source of accountability to manage all aspects of your MCP project work


No. 1

Accelerates time to market through automation of network and service operations, enabling you to plan, provision, and turn up multi-layer services rapidly across Ciena’s infrastructure

No. 2

Extracts optimal value from your Ciena next-gen network infrastructure through advanced applications, such as Liquid Spectrum Apps for WaveLogic Ai programmable hardware

No. 3

Streamlines your business processes by easily integrating with billing and operations support systems (B/OSS) and multi-domain orchestration systems, using open REST APIs

No. 4

Expedites troubleshooting and service assurance through a unified, real-time view of your network and service topology

No. 5

Helps you grow your network as you need, and expand your use cases, by leveraging Blue Planet’s micro-services extensible architecture and scalable cloud-native deployment

No. 6

Propels you on an evolutionary path to intelligent automation, harnessing network data for advanced analytics to enact informed actions across multi-vendor multi-domains


  • +Supported Operating Environments
    • Server
      • Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) 7.x, Oracle Linux 7.x, CentOS 7.x
      • Clustering for high availability and geographically redundant configurations available
      • Deployment on bare metal and virtualized/cloud infrastructure (such as OpenStack, VMWare)
      • Deployment in the cloud (leased VMs and VPN) for small networks of up to 50 Network Element Units (NEUs)
      • Specific hardware or VM requirements will vary based upon network size, complexity, and supported network element types
    • Client
      • HTML 5 web client using Chrome or Firefox Web browsers
  • +Supported Ciena Network Elements
    • Converged Packet Optical: 6500 family, 6500 Reconfigurable Line System, 6200 Packet-Optical Platform, Waveserver®
    • Packet Networking: 3000 family, 5000 family, 8100 Coherent Networking Platform, 8700 Packetwave® Platform
  • +Supported Configurations and Services
    • Optical
      • Colorless Direct Attach (CDA) Flexible Grid
      • Colorless Directionless (CD) Flexible Grid
      • Colorless Directionless Contentionless (CDC) Flexible Grid
      • Colored and Colorless ROADM Fixed Grid
      • Variety of 1G/10G/40G/100G clients / transponders and modulations
      • Submarine Repeater Scan
    • Switched OTN
      • 6500-S OTN Control Plane P-SNC & P-SNCP
      • 6500 and 5400 MR-SNC & MR-SNCP
      • OSRP links and routing constraints
    • Packet
      • MPLS-Transport Profile (TP) services and tunnel management
      • Carrier Ethernet services: E-Line, E-LAN, E-Tree over static MPLS, Multicast
      • Dynamic MPLS tunnels, MPLS Multi-Segment Pseudo-Wire (MS-PW)
      • Circuit emulation on specific PN devices
      • G.8032 infrastructure rings

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