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Altran and Ciena’s Blue Planet Division Work Together to Address Virtualization and Orchestration Needs For 5G

Altran | February 15, 2021

Altran, part of Capgemini, and Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, today announced a collaboration to furnish network administrators with intelligent automation solutions. This collaboration will uphold administrators that are wrestling with progressively complex prerequisites across physical and virtual areas driven by 5G, cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT). Because of their co-made solutions, administration conveyance across numerous merchant frameworks will be improved and computerized, empowering administrators to adapt their speculations quicker.

Intelligent automation is the execution of the operational and utilitarian cycles associated with planning, making and conveying a start to finish administration. Generally, these cycles were taken care of by space explicit, siloed operational emotionally supportive networks (OSS) and apparatuses worked for static conditions. The expanding combination of cutting edge organizing advances and automation has quickened interest for measure arrangement – a market projected to surpass $9 billion by 2025, as indicated by Market Study Report LLP.

Through the collaboration, Blue Planet and Altran expect to seek after promising circumstances in assistance organization, cloud arrangement, stock, examination, network affirmation, OSS/BSS combination and organization automation. Blue Planet's Intelligent Automation Portfolio is an extensive, open programming suite that engages specialist organizations with profound bits of knowledge about the organization to advance business measures, diminish costs and improve the client experience. Blue Planet is reason worked for shut circle automation joining multi-area administration coordination, stock alliance, with examination and affirmation, opening organization potential and business readiness. As a feature of the Capgemini Group, Altran will give its particular contributions in the zones of framework coordination, designing and R&D administrations, sending, overseen and uphold administrations. This joined with its extraordinary, driving edge programming structures will be incorporated with Blue Planet's portfolio.

“Altran’s collaboration with Blue Planet enables operators to seize new service opportunities as they transform their existing infrastructure into next-generation networks that employ software-defined networking and network functions virtualization,” said Dietmar Wendt, Chief Global Sales & Portfolio Officer, Engineering and R&D at Capgemini. “Our co-created solutions will help operators shorten time to revenue by simplifying and automating service delivery across multiple vendor ecosystems and equipment that span the WAN, data center and cloud.”

Rick Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, said, “Our partnership with Altran is key to executing digital transformation initiatives for operators around the globe looking to transform networks and realize the full potential of a software-defined and open approach.”

About Altran

Altran is an integral part of Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, digital transformation, technology and engineering services. The Group is at the forefront of innovation to address the entire breadth of clients’ opportunities in the evolving world of cloud, digital and platforms. Building on its strong 50-year + heritage and deep industry-specific expertise, Capgemini enables organizations to realize their business ambitions through an array of services from strategy to operations. Capgemini is driven by the conviction that the business value of technology comes from and through people. Today, it is a multicultural company of 270,000 team members in almost 50 countries. With Altran, the Group reported 2019 combined revenues of €17billion.

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VMware | May 23, 2022

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Desktop Virtualization Market To Cross $36,258.9 Million Size by 2030, says P&S Intelligence

P&S Intelligenc | June 21, 2022

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Banyan Security | June 28, 2022

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