Ciena buying OSS outfit

Sept. 5, 2018
Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held DonRiver, a global software and services company ...

Ciena (NYSE:CIEN) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held DonRiver, a global software and services company specializing in federated network and service inventory management solutions within the service provider operational support system (OSS) environment.

The acquisition is intended to bring new capabilities to Ciena's Blue Planet software and services portfolio to improvee the company's ability to deliver on its Adaptive Network vision through closed-loop automation. Specifically, with the addition of DonRiver's federated network and service inventory management solutions, Ciena's Blue Planet capabilities will extend beyond network orchestration and control to also provide a unified inventory view of all elements across a provider's network. Additionally, the DonRiver team of specialized OSS software, integration and consulting experts will complement the Blue Planet organization to form a specialized services group that is able to manage modernization projects across both IT and network operations.

"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," said Rick Hamilton, senior vice president of Global Software and Services at Ciena. "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 expected to close during Ciena's fiscal fourth quarter 2018 and is subject to customary closing conditions.

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