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Cyan Expands Blue Orbit Ecosystem

By Paula Bernier May 13, 2015

Ecosystems where various partner companies come together to integrate and validate solutions have made it very important for service providers to become more software-centric. As a result, in recent months we’ve seen everybody and their brother announce and expand their network functions virtualization and software-defined networking ecosystems. Cyan is among the latest to make a new announcement on this front.

Cyan, which Ciena last week announced plans to buy, today noted it has expanded its Blue Orbit ecosystem with the addition of seven new members – including some of the most well-known names in networking.

New to the ecosystem ­– which is focused on providing carriers with demonstrated, preintegrated and validated NFV and SDN solutions – are ADI Engineering, Aria Networks, Brocade, GENBAND, Intel, VMware, and Wind River. Here’s a rundown of who’s doing what from the new slate of members relating to which kind of solutions:

  • VNFs: Brocade, Certes, Fortinet, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, PowerDNS
  • Physical network elements: Accedian, RAD, Overture, Omnitron Systems, Telco Systems
  • Virtual Infrastructure: ADI Engineering, Aria Networks, Arista, Boundary, Canonical, Intel, Mellanox, Pica8, Ryu, VMware, Wind River

ADI sells NFV-enabled network edge and CPE devices that have been pre-integrated and validated with Cyan’s Blue Planet platform. They are available now for deployment or trial. Aria Networks offers planning, optimization, and orchestration solutions that leverage artificial intelligence.

“Being a member of the Blue Orbit ecosystem is important to Aria Networks as it reduces the risk of interoperability issues in SDN and NFV deployments for our customer. An active and proven ecosystem is essential in order to realize the full opportunity offered by SDN and NFV and to ensure that operators can manage the journey towards the self-organized/self-optimising network,” said Wolrad Claudy, CCO of Aria Networks.

Brocade, which bought Vyatta two years ago and has since snapped up Connectem, Vistapointe, and the SteelApp line from Riverbed, offers an array of NFV and SDN solutions for service providers.

GENBAND, meanwhile, offers various network functions in virtual versions. That includes various control, gateway, messaging, and SBC solutions. Intel, of course, provides components, while virtualization pioneer VMware sells the vCloud for NFV platform, among other solutions. And Wind River sells the Wind River Titanium Server software.

Blue Orbit was formed two years ago around this time.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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