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Blue Planet
Manage, Control and Plan

Automate network and service operations of your trusted Ciena network

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Get services to market quickly. Gain a competitive edge. And gain operational efficiencies. Ciena’s Blue Planet Manage, Control and Plan (MCP) domain controller brings the power of software-defined programmability to your next-gen Ciena network and service operations. It eliminates manual, time-consuming, error-prone steps between multiple, separate management tools. And it provides the Blue Planet foundation from which you can evolve your operations to drive closed-loop intelligent automation across multi-vendor multi-domains.

Goodbye legacy NMS. Hello automated lifecycle operations. 

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Built on Blue Planet’s open, extensible micro-services architecture, MCP domain control is a strategic shift from legacy, fragmented network management software. Blue Planet is a proven cloud-native platform that offers software-defined control and automation, and ease of integration with higher-layer business systems through open REST APIs. Blue Planet MCP provides end-to-end lifecycle operations that unify network and service management and online network planning through software-defined control.

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Accelerate your way to Blue Planet MCP success

Investing in Blue Planet 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 Blue Planet MCP Services. It’s a suite of services―including Learning, Deployment, Migration, Customized, Adoption, and Operational―designed to help you realize the benefits of Blue Planet MCP faster, while maintaining focus on your core competencies.

Blue Planet MCP Services allow you to:

  • Shorten time to financial benefits from Blue Planet 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 Blue Planet MCP implementation is a success
  • Simplify operations with a single source of accountability to manage all aspects of your Blue Planet 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 or equivalent (64-bit)
      • Clustering for high availability and geographically redundant configurations available
      • Deployment on bare metal and virtualized/cloud infrastructure (such as OpenStack, VMWare)
      • Specific hardware requirements will vary based upon network size, complexity, and supported network element types. Please consult a Ciena representative for sizing and deployment guidelines
    • Client
      • HTML 5 web client usable with modern Web browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Edge)
  • +Supported Ciena Network Elements
    • Converged Packet Optical: 6500 family, 6200 Packet-Optical Platform, Waveserver®, Waveserver® Ai
    • Packet Networking: 3000 family, 5000 family, 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
      • WL3 and WLAi Transponders
    • Packet
      • MPLS-Transport Profile (TP) services and tunnel management
      • MPLS-TP with Q-in-Q spurs
      • MPLS Multi-Segment Pseudo-Wire (MS-PW)
      • Carrier Ethernet services: E-Line, E-Tree, E-Access, E-Transit

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