Ciena Adapts Blue Planet’s Virtualization for the Network Edge

| May 29, 2017

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Ciena expanded its Blue Planet virtualization platform for automating network services. It’s calling its new offering Distributed Network Function Virtualization (D-NFV). The “distributed” part means operators can deploy virtual network functions (VNFs) at the network edge and the customer premises.Blue Planet software is already being used by providers such as CenturyLink and Orange Business Services to instantiate VNFs in centralized environments. But Joe Cumello, Ciena’s VP of portfolio marketing, says, “We’re finding there’s some demand for a distributed case where you have VNFs at the customer edge. We’ve developed our own NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) that can sit on both Ciena hardware or can sit on top of third-party x86 hardware.”

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