Cyan (CYNI) has unveiled Blue Orbit, an ecosystem of software and hardware solutions focused on providing multi-vendor software-defined network (SDN) applications. Blue Orbit, by testing and demonstrating interoperability among SDN solutions from an array of partners, lessens the risk network operators would otherwise face and accelerates the deployability of production SDN infrastructure.
Cyan’s Blue Planet SDN software was launched late last year as an orchestration platform that enables an array of Cyan and third-party apps to interrogate and control underlying network infrastructure.
“SDN and NFV holds great promise for network operators, whether they’re carriers, data center operators, or even large enterprises,” said Cyan president Michael Hatfield. “However, we’re at a critical juncture in the development of SDN—unless suppliers step forward and undertake the interoperability testing necessary for smooth SDN rollouts, the promise of SDN may fail to materialize. Blue Orbit fulfills this requirement. Our ability as an ecosystem to prove real, multi-vendor SDN today has already resulted in multiple commitments by customers to deploy this technology.”
Showcasing SDN applications for real-world deployment Blue Orbit boasts a number of initial partners, such as Accedian Networks, Arista Networks, Boundary, Canonical, Embrane, Overture Networks, and RYU (part of NTT Laboratories Open Source Software Computing Group). Blue Orbit partners provide applicable solution elements to Cyan’s California-based Blue Orbit Lab. From this facility, Cyan, Blue Orbit partners, and customers are able to test and demonstrate the deployability of SDN solutions in production networks.
“This is a necessary undertaking if the benefits of SDN – namely faster new service creation and greater service profitability – are to be realized,” said Dr. Jim Metzler, founder and vice president at Ashton, Metzler and Associates. “Virtually all significant new technologies require vendors to work together in order to ensure multi-vendor networks can be easily deployed. Cyan’s Blue Orbit is the first such effort within the SDN community.”