Ciena to buy Centina to improve Blue Planet capabilities

Ciena says it will integrate Centina’s technology and engineering expertise into the platform of its Blue Planet division when the deal closes.

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Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) says it has agreed to buy Centina, which provides service assurance analytics and network performance management solutions, for an undisclosed sum. Ciena says it will integrate Centina’s technology and engineering expertise into the platform of its Blue Planet division when the deal closes, a milestone Ciena expects to reach by the end of this year.

Ciena expects the acquisition of privately held Centina will help Blue Planet provide closed-loop, intelligent automation offerings. The Centina assets will improve Blue Planet’s assurance capabilities by collecting and collating fault, event, and performance data from multiple vendors and network layers, according to Ciena. The data can come from virtual domains such as NFV as well as more traditional optical, Ethernet, and IP/MPLS networks and services. The new capabilities will be integrated into the Blue Planet Multi-Domain Service Orchestration (MDSO) and Blue Planet Inventory (BPI) platforms.

“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 optimize network performance,” said Rick Hamilton, senior vice president of Blue Planet. “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.”

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