Light Reading

Cyan Debuts Planet Orchestrate to Manage Physical & Virtual Network Resources

Mitch Wagner
6/17/2014
50%
50%

CHICAGO -- Light Reading's Big Telecom Event -- Cyan on Tuesday introduced Planet Orchestrate, software designed to allow service providers to manage both physical and virtual network resources.

The software is designed to combine the WAN automation and management for multi-vendor physical network resources that's in Cyan Inc. 's Blue Planet software with virtual resources such as cloud services and virtual network functions.

Planet Orchestrate is designed to cut opex costs and complexity. But it does more than that, Cyan CMO Joe Cumello says. "We're creating an environment for services providers to break out of the commoditization cycle they're in." Services such as Ethernet, optical, and IP are highly commoditized.

"The pricing of the services keep going down," says Cumello. "We're providing operators with the ability to not just manage those Ethernet circuits or optical circuits in a multi-vendor situation, but to add virtual services on top of that to create new revenue streams. We're allowing them to change the network service to something greater than it was before so they can charge more for it."

For SDN management, Planet Orchestrate supports OpenDaylight and other SDN controllers. For cloud management, Planet Orchestrate supports the OpenStack cloud stack now, with support for VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) in process. And Planet Orchestrate also supports the emerging Network Functions Virtualization standards from ETSI.

The orchestration technology can help service providers allow enterprise customers to provision network resources on the fly, for example, spinning up and down virtual machines or temporarily increasing bandwidth. "This moves service providers up the value chain from being dumb pipes to being able to sell value added services," says Recep Ozdag, Cyan's director of solutions marketing for SDN and NFV. "As service providers are converting points of presence and service offices to data centers, they can manage and orchestrate those data centers from a single pane of glass."

Using Planet Orchestrate, carriers can deploy services either in centralized data centers for ease of management, or at or near the customer premises for performance, Cyan says.

Planet Orchestrate is available now for proofs-of-concept and trial deployment. Commercial availability for NFV orchestration and multi-domain will be in August, and cloud service orchestration will be commercially available in the fourth quarter. Pricing will be based on the number of nodes and virtual functions being orchestrated.

Cyan's message of increasing service provider agility is similar to that of other vendors touting network virtualization.

For example, Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) made a big deal out of combining virtual and physical network management at its Cisco Live conference last month. Cisco's virtualization technology is closely tied with its Nexus switching hardware. (See Cisco Integrates Virtual, Physical Networks.)

And Overture recently introduced hardware designed to combine the benefits of virtualized functions with dedicated hardware at customer premises. (See Overture Adds Hardware to Its NFV Pitch and Overture Trials NFV Software With Hidden Punch.)

Cyan touts multi-vendor support as its differentiator, which positioning makes it similar to -- and possibly in competition with -- Brocade. (See Brocade Unveils Open Carrier Platform for SDN, NFV -- and we've got an article on Brocade's virtualization strategy in the pipeline.)

Whether Cyan succeeds against the competition will depend on execution.

Cyan also says it's adding two new partners to its Blue Orbit ecosystem. Fortinet Inc. and Certes technology can now be managed by Blue Planet.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to wagner@lightreading.com.


Want to learn more about SDN and the transport network? Check out the agenda for Light Reading's Big Telecom Event (BTE), June 17 and 18 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. The event combines the educational power of interactive conference sessions devised and hosted by Heavy Reading's experienced industry analysts with multi-vendor interoperability and proof-of-concept networking and application showcases. For more on the event, the topics, and the stellar service provider speaker lineup, see Telecommunication Luminaries to Discuss the Hottest Industry Trends at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event in June.


(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (7) comments


At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
LRTV Interviews
Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
LRTV Documentaries
FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
LRTV Documentaries
Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
LRTV Interviews
Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
Light Reedy
Telecom Analytics Grows Up

11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Compass

11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
$38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed