Ciena acquires DonRiver to aid adaptive network vision

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Ciena Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire DonRiver, with the aim of bringing new capabilities to the networking systems, services, and software firm’s Blue Planet software and services portfolio.

Through these new capabilities, Ciena hopes to enhance its ability to deliver on its adaptive network vision through intelligent, closed-loop automation. Specifically, the addition of DonRiver’s federated network and service inventory management solutions, will bring the portfolio beyond network orchestration and control to provide a unified inventory view of all elements across a provider’s network.

In addition, DonRiver’s team of OSS software, integration and consulting experts will be retained in order to complement and scale the Blue Planet organisation to form a specialised services group that is able to manage modernization projects across both IT and network operations. Rick Hamilton, senior vice president of global software and services at Ciena explained: ‘The combination of Blue Planet and DonRiver will enhance our ability to deliver closed loop automation of network services and the underlying operational processes across IT/operations and the network.’

‘With this new set of technology and expertise, we can help customers realize the full benefits of network automation by helping them move away from highly complex and fragmented OSS environments to those that accurately reflect the real-time state and utilization of network resources.’

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, but is expected to close during Ciena’s fiscal fourth quarter. The company also recently completed its acquisition of Packet Design, having announced its intent to do so in May (see Ciena enters agreement to acquire Packet Design).

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