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Ciena Spins Off Blue Planet Software Into an Independent Division

February 07, 2019 / Ali Longwell

Ciena spun off its Blue Planet portfolio into its own independent division that will focus on intelligent automation.The company first announced these plans back in December during its fourth quarter 2018 earnings call with investors. During the call, Ciena President and CEO Gary Smith said that “the formation enhances our ability to support a range of consumption models by allowing the software business to operate independently of our hardware business where it makes sense,” according to a Seeking Alpha transcript of the call.Rick Hamilton, who has served as the senior vice president of Blue Planet since October 2016, said in an email to SDxCentral that the ability to sell Ciena and Blue Planet to both IT and network operators was another reason for the move. “With a bit of independence we can better meet the needs of our customers. If our customer needs to buy our automation and OSS platform solutions but not buy our hardware platform, that’s fine,” he w...