Ciena buys Packet Design to boost Blue Planet’s Layer 3 capabilities

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Ciena has entered into a definitive agreement to buy privately-held Packet Design, which develops network performance management software focused on Layer 3 network optimization, topology and route analytics.

Ciena says the Packet Design acquisition will help accelerate its Blue Planet SDN software strategy by extending its intelligent automation capabilities beyond Layers 0-2 and into Layer 3 IP with new capabilities to help customers optimize service delivery and maximize network utilization.

Specifically, combining the Blue Planet network automation software platform with Packet Design’s performance analytics and service path computation capabilities will form a micro-services-based platform that delivers real-time analytics, optimization and orchestration capabilities to support the broadest range of closed-loop automation use cases across multi-layer, multi-vendor networks, said Rick Hamilton, senior vice president of Global Software and Services at Ciena.

“The addition of Packet Design will enhance our position by enabling customers to realize networks that are more adaptive – capable of self-optimizing and self-healing for faster time-to-market for new services, more efficient and lower cost network operations, and the ability to deliver an overall better customer experience,” said Hamilton.

Ciena says the transaction is expected to close during its fiscal third quarter of 2018 and is subject to the usual closing conditions.

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