PETALUMA, Calif. -- Cyan, a provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced major enhancements to both the Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical hardware and Blue Planet SDN Platform. Together, these solutions deliver a simplified end-to-end architecture with superior performance and improved economics for network operators transforming their networks to meet the communications requirements of an on-demand world. This major product announcement will cover three themes:
- Enhancements to the Z-Series focused on packet functionality and optical scale
- Enhancements to Blue Planet focused on service automation
- Introduction of an open MEF Carrier Ethernet (CE) 2.0 API for improved network programmability
The new release for the Cyan Z-Series Packet-Optical Transport Platform (P-OTP) helps operators simplify the transition to 100G and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) in metro networks by significantly improving optical capacity, as well as by delivering more scalable packet aggregation and transport capabilities. These enhancements include the following new modules, which will be available at the end of Cyan’s first quarter 2014.
The addition of service automation features to Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN and NFV Orchestration Platform enable carriers to simplify, manage and orchestrate multi-vendor networks to achieve end-to-end network control, service automation and service agility. Specifically, new Blue Planet features include the addition of A-to-Z provisioning of Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) services in multi-vendor networks, a “cut-in” and “cut-out” feature that provides for non-disruptive activation of third-party devices on live networks, and new element adaptors for provisioning Accedian (MetroNID GT, GT-S, LT-S) and RAD (ETX-204A) devices.
Today, Cyan is making available its first open application programming interface (API). This highlights the company’s intent to publish APIs that allow customers and partners to program and write into the northbound interface of Blue Planet to integrate with operation support systems (OSSs) and other critical internal systems. As mentioned, the first of these APIs to be published is Cyan’s MEF CE 2.0 API, available now, which is being utilized by multiple customers to automate the provisioning of standards-based MEF E-Line, E-LAN, and E-Access services across multi-vendor networks. In doing so, the CE 2.0 API reduces provisioning errors and service turn-up times for network operators, from months to minutes in certain cases, while improving end-customer satisfaction.