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Alien Aware Networking®

Open Optical Network Automation and Services

Alien Wavelength Industry Definition

In a DWDM system, an ‘alien wavelength’ is a colored optical signal that originates on networking equipment that is different or ‘alien’ from the optical line system. Alien waves can originate via transponders from a different manufacturer or from dissimilar technology such as a router with colored optics. Alien waves are transparent to the optical line systems and not under the management or control of the line system’s NMS.

LightRiver’s Alien Aware Networking®

Our solution embraces alien wavelengths allowing them to be readily monitored, analyzed, and managed end-to-end, no matter what suppliers or technologies are leveraged within a single network operator, or across multiple interconnected operator networks. This is possible via Multi-Vendor, Multi-Technology, Open Optical network automation enabled by netFLEX. LightRiver services and software allow network operators to now embrace the benefits of alien waves without the shortcomings that exist currently.

Identify, Isolate, and Manage Alien Waves

Embrace The Alien

In addition to the automation of disaggregated networks supporting Alien Wavelength Services, LightRiver can also help you design, test, build, and deploy your Open Optical network at scale.


As the transport network is quickly evolving toward Open, Disaggregated, Plug-and-Play architectures, end-to-end network management is more critical than ever. The netFLEX optical domain controller provides support for DWDM Open Line, Open ROADM, NextGen DCI/Waves platforms, and the latest Packet Edge transport, all of which support realtime inventory, programmable analytics, and control automation. The end objective is comprehensive management of the underlying wavelength services.

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Alien Aware Networking® Product Offering


White Paper: Open Optical Networking

Product Brief: Alien Aware Networking

Spec Sheet: Alien Aware Networking

Video: Area 51 Lab Tour

Video: Alien Aware Networking