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Coriant is the Latest Vendor to Offer SDN Professional Services

By Paula Bernier April 07, 2016

Service providers’ move to adopt software-defined networking is expected to help them to more efficiently leverage network resources and expedite the introduction of new services and capabilities. By implementing SDN is easier said than done, so many network infrastructure solution providers are now introducing professional services to help communications service providers and enterprises with their network transformations. Coriant, which sells optical networking solutions, is one such vendor that’s done that.

The company this week unveiled the Coriant Multi-layer Network Optimization and Migration Planning Service, which it says will help network operators optimize their network resources and reduce the cost, complexity, and time it takes to bring new offerings to market.

As Tom Nolle of CIMI Corp. wrote in his blog way back in December of 2013, professional services are poised to be the winners in the move to NFV and SDN.

“In networking, we have all of the credible telecom equipment vendors moving to become more professional services companies,” Nolle wrote. “Ericsson, for example, has made no bones about its position that this is their revenue/profit future.  We’ve seen most of the big network vendors launch at least embryonic professional services efforts.  While you could argue that this was simply an example of the universal desire to increase total addressable market, you could also argue that it represents a growing realization that this may be where the money really is.”

The professional services offering from Coriant ties in with its Light IP Solution. The company also has a software-defined networking solution called the Coriant Dynamic Optical Cloud, which helps service providers automate their networks and make them more programmable and virtualized. The goal is to expedite new service introduction in an affordable manner.

Coriant earlier this year partnered with Brocade to collect input from more than 80 network operators about their thoughts on SDN and network function virtualization. Eighty percent of those surveyed said they were interested in leveraging SDN to better meet mobile demand.




Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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