Telstra Announces SDN Marketplace, Expanded System

By John Casaretto January 21, 2016

The benefits of Software Defined Networking (SDN) have made many technology professionals disciples of its capabilities and potential. SDN allows professionals to easily configure networks on an automatic basis, and it has the capability to allow for adjustment to application needs while fulfilling what networks were built to do. More importantly, SDN can eliminate the need to manually make configurations across a large number of devices.

Telstra recently added new SDN services on its platform in a construct known as the Telstra PEN Platform. By adding two new enhancements known as PEN exchange and the PEN marketplace, customers can enjoy secure digital partnerships with other companies while utilizing SDN on-demand. Available to customers is an expanded ability to order virtual network functionality including firewalls and routers on an on-demand basis and in a rapid fashion. This virtual exchange of resources has the potential to unleash a community of engaged organizations in a collaborative fashion. It promises to deliver capability while reducing costs.

The PEN marketplace is interactive, global platform that has 26 points of presence across the Asia-Pacific region, North America, Europe, and has various connections to large public cloud services. This collaborative system is built on the open architecture that comes with SDN based services, allowing companies to meet business needs and capture new business at the same time. SDN networks are adaptable, while maintaining simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Closely related to this marketplace are Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). NFV supports SDN by providing the cohesive infrastructure that SDN software and networks run on. Together, SDN and NFV unlock capabilities that maximize the untapped power of networks.

Telstra has clearly made an effort to focus on the ease of use and ease of adoption by using a unified platform. Also, by automating services delivery for a software suite and exchange system, compelling business use cases are made on its business value and features. Another component that adds to this value is the policy-based automation features, which can be enabled across data centers and their networks while programmable networking acts as the heart of any SDN system. Industry leaders are set to explore that programmable networking next week at NFVExpo, the technology event taking place next week in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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