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Ciena unveils Agility software portfolio

Networks firm builds on OPn architecture to enable virtualised network capabilities

Ciena unveils Agility software portfolio
Locoh-Donou: Our customers want an ecosystem – not an ego-system with one vendor in the centre trying to wrest control.

Network specialist Ciena today introduced its Agility software portfolio to "[address] network operators' need to bring the programmability and on-demand nature of the cloud to the wide-area network (WAN)".

Including a multilayer SDN controller for the WAN and an initial set of three new software applications, Agility is designed for the delivery of virtualised, on-demand network services and functions. It uses real-time analytics to help operators support multi-vendor networks and optimise efficiency, resilience, and deployment.

The Agility portfolio was built using the OpenDaylight framework, which "gives network operators the ability to leverage a mix of open source, self-developed and vendor components from a broad ecosystem and helps them avoid being locked in to a single vendor", Ciena argues.

Building on the company's OPn network architecture, Agility also enables the infrastructure to "dynamically predict and respond" to changing demands from high-bandwidth services and applications.

"Our customers want an ecosystem - not an ego-system with one vendor in the centre trying to wrest control," said Francois Locoh-Donou, senior vice president, Global Products Group, Ciena.

"Ciena's approach strongly embraces openness for a true, vendor-neutral ecosystem. With our new Agility software portfolio, we are complementing an industry open framework with high-impact, analytics-based applications to deliver autonomic operations programmability, multilayer optimisation and carrier-grade scale and availability within an agile network architecture that is dynamic and responsive to customer needs."

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