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RAD Joins Cyan Blue Orbit

By Paula Bernier October 02, 2013

The word “ecosystem” has recently added to the popular IT lexicon, and one area in which we’re hearing it the most lately is in the SDN and NFV realm. In yet another development on this front, RAD today announced it has joined the Cyan Blue Orbit ecosystem – and that Cyan recently completed end-to-end Ethernet services provisioning and one-click OAM, alarms and topology support for the RAD ETX-2.

“There is a lot of industry chatter around the promise of SDN/NFV, but when it comes down to it, carriers want proof beyond the hype to know our solutions can be successfully deployed,” said Yuri Gittik, head of strategic marketing at RAD. “The Blue Orbit ecosystem allows us to test and demonstrate interoperability between our innovative solutions, including Distributed NFV, and other multi-vendor SDN solutions to ensure smooth infrastructure rollouts.”

The collection of companies in the Cyan Blue Orbit ecosystem, which was established this June, aims to deliver multi-vendor software-defined networking and network functions virtualization applications. They can demonstrate and test their solutions at Cyan’s California-based Blue Orbit Lab.

As for Cyan’s SDN solutions, those are referred to as Blue Planet and consist of an open SDN platform, an ecosystem of SDN apps, and a set of element adapter apps facilitating control over a wide range of third-party network device. They enable service providers to virtualize their networks, flatten legacy cost structures, make more efficient use of network assets, and dramatically accelerate service delivery, according to the company. The platform was expanded in May with the addition of Planet Inventory, a multi-vendor network asset management application that provides physical and logical reporting information across network environments.

In a communications with NFVZone late this summer, a Cyan spokesperson explained that the Blue Planet SDN platform is open on both the northbound and southbound sides. 

On the southbound side Cyan in early August said it was supporting more than 50 third-party devices from close to 25 different vendors. It also supports Cyan’s packet-optical equipment.

“The level of integration with each of these devices depends on the vendor, the application, and the customer,” Cyan told NFVZone. “In some cases, we have full provisioning and control over the device (most often found with Ethernet edge devices from Accedian, Overture, RAD, etc). In other cases, we just need to access SNMP data for management, visualization, and/or inventory purposes.”

“On the northbound side we provide APIs so that our customers can write apps into the system to help with provisioning processes or OSS process that are highly specific to their business,” the Cyan spokesperson added. “For instance, one of the largest operators in the world (not in the U.S.) writes their own provisioning apps into Blue Planet for their Ethernet services.”

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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