Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) says that 30 organizations recently have become members of its Blue Orbit Ecosystem. The ecosystem focuses on development of applications and infrastructure platforms based Ciena's Blue Planet software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) platform.
The company says it also has reorganized the ecosystem into four categories to help focus collaboration efforts. The categories include:
- Blue Orbit Community Member
- DevOps Partner
- Service Partner
- Technology Partner.
The additions bring to 64 the number of ecosystem members. The new members include content delivery network (CDN) specialists Akamai Technologies, IT and network transformation services company Ammeon, security technology vendor Check Point Software Technologies, storage powerhouse EMC, test and service assurance provider Netrounds, Open Networking Lab (ON.Lab), the nonprofit behind the popular ONOS operating system, and consulting, systems integration and digital services company Sytel Reply.
"Over and over again our customers seek out solutions that prioritize choice and openness to fulfill today's market demands. Blue Orbit is a reflection of our collaborative approach, and is key to accelerating the development of new, innovative virtualized services," said Jim Brinksma, vice president, strategy and business development, Blue Planet Division at Ciena. "In order to propel our industry forward, we are working alongside these partners to lessen the risk for network operators and to increase the speed of deployments."
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