I’m constantly being asked “Who, other than universities and Google, has SDN in production?” Given all of the industry hype, venture capital investments, and companies on the SDN bandwagon — this is a fair question. That’s why I was excited to learn how Colt is leveraging SDN to offer a multi-vendor carrier ethernet service using Cyan’s Blue Planet software to orchestration, provision, manage, and control Accedian EtherNIDs and Cyan’s Z-Series optical platforms to automate service provisioning.
One trend that we see through SDxCentral and Wiretap engagements is the profound impact that SDN is having on the service provider OSS Stack. Traditionally, OSS has been where companies like Amdocs, Oracle, etc. have made a living selling software and consulting services. We are seeing a shift at multiple services providers who are looking to use SDN technologies to enhance or in some cases bypass their traditional OSS software. Each time we hear a common theme: the service provider is looking to become more nimble, have more agility, or automate (speed up) service provisioning and activation. Could SDN’s ultimate value be transforming the multibillion-dollar OSS and network management software and consulting services market? Perhaps – it’s too early to say for sure, though the early signs from our practice are positive.
I’m not surprised to see Colt on the leading edge of service provider SDN, as they have been an important leader in the service provider space for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Colt was one of the contributing organizations to the original Network Functions Virtualization white paper in October 2012, and it is an official member of the European Telecommunications Standard Institute Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specific Group (ETSI NFV ISG) group.
Additionally, in a SDxCentral Q&A with Colt network architects earlier this year, they talked about how SDN’s potential to bring software programmability to the network arena would be a critical element in transforming the business from a provider of bandwidth and connectivity to a provider of IT services. SDN is the right technology to accomplish data center network virtualization, they said, because it could bring true service automation, dynamic service flexing, and VM mobility.
Since then, Colt has been working on its first SDN solution to deliver Carrier Ethernet SDN, and now we are excited to share that technology in an upcoming SDxCentral DemoFriday where you’ll see a live Demo from Accedian and Cyan with commentary from Colt. The demo will showcase how network operators can leverage open, multi-layer SDN solutions to deliver Carrier Ethernet services more efficiently across multiple technology domains, including an MPLS backbone or a third-party network. It will explore how Colt implemented SDN solutions within their Carrier Ethernet multi-service platform (MSP) network to lower costs and enable faster, more automated end-to-end service delivery.
I hope you can join us for this demo and learn about Colt’s experience implementing SDN and see how SDN enabled hardware + innovate software is changing their business for the better.
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