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Ciena acquires Centina for Blue Planet integration

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Ciena Corporation is to acquire network performance solution provider, Centina, incorporating the company’s technology and engineering expertise into its Blue Planet division.

The acquisition aims to accelerate Blue Planet’s software strategy of providing closed-loop, automation solutions that help service providers improve operations. It will expand assurance capabilities by collecting and collating fault, event, and performance data from multiple vendors and network layers, including virtual domains such as NFV as well as more traditional optical, Ethernet and IP/MPLS networks and services.

Integrating these service assurance capabilities with Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) and Blue Planet Inventory (BPI) products is intended to allow continuous optimisation of service performance by resolving problems automatically before they have the chance to impact the service and user experience.

Rick Hamilton, senior vice president of Blue Planet commented: ‘The acquisition of Centina advances Blue Planet’s position as an emerging leader in operational support systems (OSS), focused on closed-loop automation. By continuously monitoring the performance of services, Centina’s multi-layer, multi-domain service assurance solution will help our customers resolve issues more quickly and optimise network performance. This is a key step to achieving more adaptive networks that are critical in today’s digital society where the customer experience is the ultimate differentiator.’

The transaction is expected to close by the end of this year.

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