CSPs Deliver Innovative Services with Blue Planet's Intelligent Automation

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  October 10, 2022

Digital transformation changed the way businesses across various industries interact with their customers. That is no different for communications service providers as they look to modernize their operations with the goal of delivering new services.

However, the rise of 5G and cloudified services is not making it easy. CSPs’ network and service operations have became more complicated as they look to grow. Blue Planet, a division of Ciena, eases that burden on CSPs with its Intelligent Automation Portfolio. The portfolio lets network providers use deep visibility into their networks to automate and optimize their business processes, improve agility and reduce costs.

"Digitization is accelerating for CSPs as they modernize their operations to deliver innovative new services more quickly and cost-effectively,” said Rick Hamilton, senior vice president, Blue Planet.

To that end, Blue Planet added new software enhancements to its intelligent automation product portfolio to address multiple CSP (News - Alert) digital transformation challenges and opportunities.

Blue Planet will provide new 5G automation capabilities to CSPs. This will include an open, productized 5G network slicing solution. Network slicing enables zero-touch slice lifecycle management to automate the design, creation, modification, monitoring and assurance of end-to-end network slices across the RAN and transport to the 5G core.

New 5G automation capabilities will also provide dynamic inventory for visualizing the optimal placement of physical and cloud-native resources as well as the end-to-end 5G service topology to help CSPs plan and deploy their 5G resources quickly and efficiently.

Blue Planet will also provide multi-cloud extensibility. Multi-cloud enhancements include broad Kubernetes support that enables the intelligent placement and orchestration of cloud-based network functions and applications in distributed multi-cloud environments. Blue Planet is a cloud-native platform that can be deployed in any public or private cloud and can be consumed in a SaaS (News - Alert) model.

Blue Planet’s low-code enhancements will accelerate the onboarding of new network resources and declarative templating abilities that simplify the modeling and creation of new services. Low-code technology helps CSPs improve operational agility by empowering them and their system integration partners to design and build new service types and applications for end customers with minimal IT and vendor support.

With these enhancements, communication service providers will accelerate their digital transformation and monetize innovative digital services built on 5G and multi-cloud infrastructure.  Additionally, the enhancements will deliver end-to-end observability and control to automate service lifecycle management, improve operational agility and optimize customer experience.

“At Blue Planet, we are laser-focused on creating intelligent automation capabilities that help our CSP customers digitize operations and deliver exciting new digital services to improve the customer experience,” said Hamilton.

Edited by Erik Linask