Cyan Adds Blue Orbit Ecosystem Partners

Cyan expands its Blue Orbit ecosystem of SDN and NFV partners, and helps Colt deliver on its next-generation modular multi-service platform.

Blue Orbit Ecosystem additions

Cyan (CYNI) announced that Connectem, Mellanox, Metaswitch Networks, and Red Hat have joined Blue Orbit, an ecosystem of partners focused on delivering real-world, multi-vendor SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV) applications. The announcement was made during the SDN and OpenFlow World Congress event this week in Frankfurt, Germany. During the event Cyan, along with its ecosystem partners, will demonstrate two use cases: data center to data center SDN with Mellanox and Red Hat, and NFV Orchestration of vEPC (virtual evolved packet core), vRR (virtual route reflector), and vDNS (virtual domain name system) with Connectem and Metaswitch.

“With Blue Orbit, the SDN and NFV supplier community is really stepping forward to prove interoperability in multi-vendor environments, and demonstrate that SDN and NFV can be leveraged to perform key functions critical to network operations around the world,” said Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer, Cyan.  “We welcome our newest members and look forward to the insights their participation will provide network operators looking to lessen risk and accelerate the delivery of production SDN infrastructures.”

Colt automates Service Delivery

Cyan also announced that Colt will be launching its next-generation modular Carrier Ethernet Multi-Service Platform (MSP) network building on Cyan’s Blue Planet software and Z-Series platforms. The approach taken is a step-change in the way hybrid Ethernet and IP services are delivered and paves the way for SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV). Colt’s Modular Multi-Service Platform is designed to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, while maintaining strict service requirements and also allowing for success-based growth and expansion over time.  Cyan technology is also supporting Colt’s efforts to connect data center hosted compute resources with network resources to enhance end-to-end performance and develop the flexible and agile service types that CIOs demand today.

“Businesses count on us to deliver critical managed IT services, cloud services, and communication solutions that provide a superior customer experience,” said Luke Broome, CTO of Colt.  “A necessary part of delivering that experience is evolving and automating our network infrastructure and deploying best-in-class technology in a flexible and modular multi-vendor environment that will fuel innovation.  Cyan technology is an important element in allowing us to automate, provision, and manage Ethernet transport and Carrier Ethernet services regardless of the vendor equipment we choose, scale our metro network resources, and provides us with a path to future SDN and NFV-based applications and services.”

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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