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Blue Planet: Q&A with LightRiver Software COO Travis Ewert: Enhancing multi-vendor, multi-layer visibility and automation

How do LightRiver netFLEX and Blue Planet products complement each other to enable full network life-cycle automation to network operators of all sizes? Kailem Anderson, VP of Portfolio and Engineering for Blue Planet, recently chatted with LightRiver Software COO, Travis Ewert, to find out.

As service providers race to add flexibility and automation to their network services, the multi-layer and multi-vendor realities of today’s complex network infrastructures become a barrier to progress. That’s where solution providers like LightRiver come into play. LightRiver, a long-time technology and delivery partner of Ciena and Blue Planet, is an expert in packet optical transport networks and designs, engineers, commissions, and supports next generation, software controlled, transport networks. As a multi-vendor integrator of next-generation transport solutions for mission-critical networks, LightRiver delivers unique value with turnkey solutions, carrier-class quality, high standards of technical expertise, and unparalleled customer care.

See below for an excerpt of the interview:

Q: What challenges do you see in today’s multi-vendor, multi-layer networks?

Travis Ewert:

The service provider networks of today are multi-layered and many operators struggle with cross-domain monitoring and performance management. To further complicate this, the multi-vendor nature of large networks results in network teams that have to use disparate, vendor supplied network management products for the day to day operations of the respective hardware platforms.

Without a correlated, visibility and control platform, engineers managing the IP network are not aware of issues at the optical layer and vice-versa. This often results in finger pointing between the different teams when there is a service failure, which in turn increases troubleshooting time and potential SLA violations. The lack of correlated visibility also affects network planning and new service provisioning. Without correlated visibility, engineers and planners depend on manual processes with multiple iterations as planning is carried out at each layer, and across each supplier platform, separately. This often results in over engineering the network, increased time-to-market for new services, and inventory that is inaccurate and capacity that ends up stranded.

To read the entire Q&A session, click here.

To learn more about Blue Planet products, visit https://www.blueplanet.com

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