The notion of carrier-deployed software-defined networking (SDN) has been a long-time promise. But while other companies have been talking, Pacnet and Infinera have been doing. Through a DevOps collaboration model, Pacnet has integrated Infinera’s new software to deploy a virtualized optical layer across Asia Pacific powered by SDN.
In a new video from Infinera, we learn about the collaboration that extends SDN to the optical layer. Pacnet’s fully automated SDN platform – the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) – already provides a wide range of services and has proven successful in offering L2 Ethernet services on-demand. Now with Infinera’s Open Transport Switch (OTS) software, Pacnet is able to extend the benefits of SDN to the optical layer to provide virtualization and user-controlled transport bandwidth service, starting at 10G and ranging to 100G and beyond.
Pacnet has made the transformation to DevOps, a new service development and delivery model that integrates the software development, quality and operations teams to support rapid service deployment and better time to market. With this approach, Pacnet was able to integrate OTS and deploy the new high speed Ethernet on-demand service in a few short months, versus the typical industry standard of one to two years. In order to support Pacnet’s DevOps model (and in fact, any service provider’s transformation to DevOps), OTS was designed with an IT mindset.
Infinera’s OTS is built with a lightweight Web 2.0 software architecture which supports integration of new features quickly, allowing service providers in turn to rapidly innovate on their services to be more competitive in the market. The strategy of Infinera’s OTS is completely open with a goal of avoiding vendor lock in by empowering service providers to select any SDN Controller. This varies from alternative approaches, which often use heavy network management systems that rely on proprietary controllers, resulting in vendor lock-in and increasing time to market.
As the first example of a full optical transport network being SDN controlled with services commercially available on a wide scale basis, Infonetics co-founder Michael Howard notes the importance of this milestone and indicates that other carriers can now follow suit. To hear more from Howard, as well as Pacnet and Infinera on bringing SDN to the optical layer, watch the full video here.