In a challenge to the established order, Cyan has introduced what it bills as the first orchestration application spanning WAN, cloud, and NFV. Building on their Blue Planet platform, they hope to enable carrier customers to streamline new product development and management.
The idea is relatively simple in concept: leverage the growing capabilities of software defined networking to let carriers handle WAN service creation/automation on the same dashboard as the virtual resources the WAN in question will be connecting - virtualized firewalls and such on NFV side and computing instances on the data center side. The devil is in the details of course and we're only just starting to see network functions virtualization turn into real products, which gives Cyan what it hopes is a pretty good head start.
Cyan's multi-vendor, software-based approach to SDN has gained it quite a few allies among smaller, tightly focused vendors who are also looking to shake things up. Last week they signed up Fortinet and Certes. Success will of course depend on how well it all works together on production networks, and whether they can convince carriers to give it a try now rather than wait for the big players to try to match it.