Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fujitsu Expands its SDN Portfolio with Multi-layer WAN Solutions

Fujitsu introduced the second round of products in its Intelligent Networking and Computing Architecture, which uses SDN to optimize network-wide flows across the entire ICT platform.  The first round of SDN solutions from Fujitsu included network virtualization products for data centers. This round focuses on multi-layer, wide-area implementations.

Fujitsu said the new products, which became available for ordering beginning May 9 in Japan, enable virtual networks with centralized management across WANs. The solutions provide visualization of communication routes for each service and provide control and management functions, including for existing IP-communications equipment. The new set includes:

  • Virtuora NC software -- centrally manages network-configuration information and integrates virtual networks. It uses Fujitsu's proprietary routing-design engine to determine the best route based on multiple types of information, including number of hops and guaranteed bandwidth. It also provides a service chaining functionality that selects and connects to functions (such as firewalls and load balancers) available on a wide-area network. It enables visualization of communications-routing information for each service in an easy-to-read display to simplify virtual network operations that usually require a high level of specialized knowledge, which contributes to lower operating expenses.
  • Virtuora SN-V software -- carries out virtual-network control and user-data transport processes based on the information set up by Virtuora NC. The software, which runs on standard x86 servers, uses Fujitsu's proprietary execution-control technology to achieve high-speed data-communications processing. It is controlled by Virtuora NC, and it can autonomously perform routing-trouble monitoring and instant switchover when faults are detected. Virtuora SN-V uses standard OpenFlow 1.3(4) protocol as its control interface.
  • Proactnes II QM software -- provides for network-quality management. The latest release analyzes communications traffic, then instantly detects any deterioration of quality and accurately identifies problem areas. It reports information on degraded quality to Virtuora NC, and has supports the NVGRE protocol and the Q-in-Q protocol.

NEC Demos SDN with Microsoft's Hyper-V Network Virtualization

NEC Corporation of America (NEC) will be demonstrating a beta version of a new solution that enables Microsoft’s Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) to co-exist with its own ProgrammableFlow SDN networking suite.

Last fall, NEC announced a solution that integrates network and compute orchestration for Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V customers who use the NEC ProgrammableFlow networking suite along with Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). This solution is now generally available in North America. Once both solutions are GA, customers will have, for the first time, a single point of network policy administration that integrates both tunnel based network virtualization (ProgrammableFlow and HNV) and fabric-based network virtualization (ProgrammableFlow and SCVMM).

“Having two different options for network virtualization significantly improves flexibility for customers who are virtualizing their networks,” said Don Clark, director business development, NEC Corporation of America. “Best of all, customers also gain the ability for end-to-end configurability and visibility throughout their networks. With each new SDN development, NEC continues to improve our customers’ ability to reduce the manual processes and complexity related to conventional networks, improve agility of network services, and increase performance and throughput.”

NEC will be showcasing this demonstration during Microsoft’s TechEd North America 2014 conference May 12-15 in Houston. General availability of the integration of Hyper-V Network Virtualization and the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite is expected in the second half of 2014.