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Blue Planet unveils industry’s only multi-cloud native OSS platform

Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, has launched a major enhancement to its intelligent automation software portfolio with the first-of-its-kind Blue Planet Cloud Native Platform. Leveraging Kubernetes (K8s) technology to support multiple modular Operating Support System (OSS) applications, the new platform will allow Communications Service Providers (CSPs) to simplify and automate their OSS environments. Converging inventory, orchestration, and assurance applications on a common platform, it provides a game-changing strategy to improve operational efficiency and streamline service lifecycle automation.

CSPs want to transform into software-driven, AI-informed connectivity engines optimized to help end-customers access cloud, commerce, broadband, mobile and more. Modernizing their OSS is key to achieving this vision because it reduces customizations and complexity and automates operations resulting in increased agility and much lower costs. Blue Planet’s Cloud Native Platform serves as the backbone for this digital transformation journey, simplifying end-to-end automation for critical service lifecycle management processes across any vendor, service, or network type.

Built on a K8s-based architecture, the new platform offers significant advantages to CSPs beyond what Blue Planet is already known for today. These new features include:

  • In-service software upgrades (ISSU) and continuous integration / continuous delivery (CI/CD) support, allowing CSPs to embrace a DevOps model and quickly introduce innovative new services.
  • Support for any cloud environment, including public, private and hybrid cloud environments, to reduce vendor lock-in and significantly improve operational scale, flexibility, and resilience.
  • Common lifecycle management across all Blue Planet OSS applications, delivering a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • AI-driven operations by using an AI Studio that can apply machine learning and AI-based capabilities developed by CSP data science teams, Blue Planet, or third parties, to any mix of product applications or operational processes.

The new Blue Planet Cloud Native Platform allows CSPs to deploy individual applications independently or together to address their most important OSS modernization projects at their own pace. These include the Blue Planet Inventory (BPI), Blue Planet Orchestration (BPO) and Blue Planet Assurance (BPA) applications, which are all readily available on the platform today.

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