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Ciena Buying DonRiver To Boost ‘Adaptive Network’ Automation Strategy

‘DonRiver will enhance our ability to deliver closed loop automation of network services and the underlying operational processes across IT/operations and the network,’ says Ciena SVP Rick Hamilton.

Ciena Corp. is set to acquire service provider software specialist DonRiver to enhance the company's Adaptive Network vision through closed-loop automation.

Hanover, Md.-based Ciena's Adaptive Network is the company's new strategy to expand on autonomous networking concepts to transform the network into a dynamic, programmable environment driven by analytics and intelligence.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ciena's Blue Planet software and services portfolio will get a shot in the arm from DonRiver's network and service inventory management solutions which extends Ciena beyond network orchestration and control to also provide a unified inventory view of all elements across a service provider's network.

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Privately-held DonRiver is a global software and services company specializing in federated network and service inventory management within the service provider Operational Support Systems (OSS) environment. The DonRiver team of OSS software, integration and consulting experts will complement and help scale the Blue Planet organization to form a specialized services group that is able to manage modernization projects across both IT and network operations.

Rick Hamilton, senior vice president of Global Software and Services for Ciena, said the combination will, "enhance our ability to deliver closed loop automation of network services and the underlying operational processes across IT/operations and the network."

"With this new set of technology and expertise, we can help customers realize the full benefits of network automation by helping them move away from highly complex and fragmented OSS environments to those that accurately reflect the real-time state and utilization of network resources," said Hamilton in a statement.

The deal is expected to close during Ciena's fiscal fourth quarter 2018.

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