Sedona Systems has been bragging about the ubiquitous use of its NetFusion network mapping software for some time. But the company never named any of its customers.
Now, a video has Sedona CTO Ori Gerstel and Glenn Wellbrock, Verizon’s director of optical transport planning, discussing Verizon’s 2017 deployment of Sedona’s NetFusion. Wellbrock said Verizon has implemented NetFusion “across our entire core.”
NetFusion has helped Verizon develop an understanding of the relationships and dependencies between the IP and optical layers of its network.
In a recent SDxCentral webinar, Gal Afriat, VP of product for Sedona Systems, said that for service providers the company maps the IP aggregation network, the IP core network, the metro optical network, and the long-haul optical network. In addition to these layers, the company maps multi-domains and multi-vendors.
In his video conversation about Verizon’s network, Gerstel said, “What we’re seeing is now that we’ve discovered the entire network, that we can now implement all kinds of analytics on top of that network to find out issues, anomalies, things that are not necessarily easy to find in a manual fashion.”
Once Sedona maps all the network elements, it can do a variety of things. For one, it can help service providers assure their inventory. When they’re fulfilling an order, for instance, they know which ports are available.
Wellbrock said, “Yeah, that’s the issue, going and tracking which port’s connected to what. Because if the inventory isn’t correct then all the associated back office systems don’t work. The alarm correlation engine can’t do its job if the inventory isn’t correct.”
Sedona’s mapping data also helps service providers coordinate maintenance between IP and optical teams. And perhaps most importantly, it aids operators in optimizing network performance.