Thursday, March 15, 2018

Verizon and Colt demo inter carrier SDN orchestration

Colt and Verizon have demonstrated two-way, inter-carrier Software Defined Network (SDN) network orchestration.

The demonstration, which was held at an event in London, enabled each of the companies to make near-real-time bandwidth changes in each other’s production networks.

The companies described the inter-carrier SDN orchestration as a world first and an important step in enabling real-time cross-carrier automation.

Both companies are working with MEF to advance the development of inter-carrier business and operational LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) APIs, which will accelerate the availability of this flexibility from many more partner networks.

Peter Konings, EMEA head of product development at Verizon, commented: “Enterprise networking is in the midst of a revolution. Organizations today want intelligent, dynamic networks that respond automatically to their changing business needs. Before today, no-one has been able to demonstrate elastic flexibility across carriers. Today’s demonstration is the first time anyone in the world has been able to flex network capacity in both directions across network boundaries. This will be a game changer for enterprise networking.”

Mirko Voltolini, Head of Network On Demand at Colt, said: “This showcase positively demonstrates the power of software-defined networking and how increased adoption is putting operators and customers in control of their networks and services. Previously, closed systems have made interoperability between service providers extremely difficult. Further, it validates Colt’s strategy of providing on-demand flexibility to truly enable customers’ digital transformation journeys. Through the use of SDN, providers are now able to better collaborate and innovate, ultimately benefitting customers.”

Daniel Bar-Lev, Director Office of the CTO, MEF, added:  “Proof of concept demonstrations and trials of inter-provider service orchestration are critical steps for making agile, assured and orchestrated connectivity services that span multiple operators a reality. We’re delighted to see today's demonstration moving the service provider industry towards this objective.”

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