DevOps applied to Telecom and network service automation
The concept of DevOps has been hyped for a long time. And, up until now, DevOps has been primarily applied to software development. However, we at Ciena are seeing something slightly different from our network operator customers as they apply DevOps to delivering network services through our Blue Planet platform.
Blue Planet is a Ciena built software platform enabling orchestration and automation of on-demand networking services. Our customers leverage the platform's open architecture to onboard new networking devices, resources and functions. They then use the platform to combine these underlying devices, resources and functions into new network services. While the tools, culture and automation mentioned in the article are important, our perspective is that DevOps is about being inclusive and having many participate. Coding, by its nature is exclusive, so we created an environment - through templating instead of code - where everyone can participate in development. As a result, our customers are experiencing dramatic success with DevOps.