After all the talk and hype around SDN and NFV over the last six months, it is great to see the growing number of announcements about various SDN and NFV projects finally beginning to move into the reality phase for a growing number of telcos.
NTT is the first service provider in the world to embrace SDN and the OpenFlow communications interface, with NTT Com having launched their SDN-based Enterprise Cloud in June 2012 via data centers in Japan and Hong Kong. With the addition of data centers in Singapore, England, and Virginia and California in the United States, the Enterprise Cloud became available on a global basis in February 2013. This Spring, NTT Com’s Enterprise Cloud will include SDN in eight countries and ten locations. Clients have used the self-manageable Enterprise Cloud platform to flexibly extend their own data centers, gaining cost-optimized and secure compute capacity as a result.
Deutsche Telekom has chosen Tail-f Systems to deliver the key software components of its software-defined network in its TeraStream project. TeraStream’s goal is to create an all-IP transformation to cope with exponential traffic growth while streamlining the delivery of network services in real time. With Tail-f’s NCS (Network Control System) TeraStream is able to deliver this new networking model through a network-wide and service-aware unified application programming interface (API).
In the last month, Portugal Telecom and NEC have also announced a partnership agreement to evaluate network virtualization based on Software Defined Network (SDN) technology for datacenters and carrier networks. This agreement enables both companies to test and assess the commercial feasibility and benefits of SDN implementation for carrier datacenters. NEC and PT will deploy NEC’s “PF Series Programmable Flow Switch and Controller” SDN solution and test its capability to overcome economic and operational challenges within traditional architecture. They will also carry out a joint case study for identifying the most beneficial SDN usage in PT’s telecom infrastructure.
You can hear about all these projects and more at SDN World in Barcelona on 11-13 June 2013, the premier global Telco SDN and NFV with contributions from over 30+ prominent service providers worldwide.
Endorsed by the ETSI Network Functions Virtualisation ISG, featuring key insights into telco operators’ plans for SDN and NFV, and supported by a wide range of vendors, this is a great place to meet the individuals at the forefront of driving SDN and NFV forward to benefit the full telco community joining in a great three days of discussion and debate.
Hope you can join us!
Georgina Wilczek, Editor, SDN World News
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