Overture Networks, Cyan establish carrier Ethernet OAM&P pact

Overture Networks and Cyan are putting their collective knowledge of carrier edge and packet optical transport together in a new partnership to target new carrier Ethernet network opportunities.

Similar to many other initiatives, the move for the two vendors to partner was driven by their customers. The pair developed a working relationship via a number of customer engagements where both vendors demonstrated interoperability of their platform's ability to deliver G.8032 Ethernet protection switching and MEF E-Line and E-LAN services.

Both vendors gain some benefit from the new pact. They will able to jointly deliver an entire solution that comprises optical backbone equipment and Ethernet delivery services to customers with a common management tool.

Jeff Reedy, Overture


A big focus here is on Operations Administration and Maintenance operations, administration, maintenance, and provisioning (OAM&P), a major driver for service providers delivering Ethernet services.

Cyan, which has been creating a growing customer base for its PONP platforms, integrated Overture's 4200, 4300, 24 and 26 edge devices into Cyan's 360 software systems CyPlan, CyMS, and CyPortal. Over time, Cyan plans to integrate additional Overture solutions into the Cyan 360 management suite.

By integrating its platforms into Cyan's 360 suite, carrier customers will not only be able to plan out their Ethernet deployments, but ensure they are meeting the requirements of the service level agreements (SLA) they have established with their respective business customers.

For Overture, the new pact also fits in with its vision to drive its service management vision, a major element of its new company branding effort since completing its acquisition of the former Hatteras Networks.

"The tools we put into our equipment--the edge devices, the aggregation devices, and the management systems--allow them to deploy services fast, verify services and prove to their customers they are delivering what they signed up for," said Jeff Reedy, CEO of Overture in a previous interview with FierceTelecom. "It's arming our customers to compete by enabling them to differentiate their service against their competitors."

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