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NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: Artesyn, DataCore, HP, Intel, JDSU, KEMP, Saisei

By Paula Bernier December 06, 2014

Network functions virtualization and software-defined networking continued to gain momentum this week, with new contracts, new partnerships, and new solutions being unveiled. Also this week, a research firm that had earlier cautioned the move to SDN was stalling current investment, indicated that spending on carrier Ethernet switches in the third quarter reached an all-time high.

The good news, according to new data released this week by Infonetics Research, is that worldwide spending on carrier Ethernet switches in the third quarter was up 32 percent from the second quarter, and increased 14 percent from the year-earlier quarter. Cisco Systems in North America and ZTE in China were among the key benefactors of this rising tide, according to the research firm. However, slowing spending on routers has dampened the overall picture for service provider investment in this general arena, according to Infonetics.

Meanwhile, on the new business front, DataCore has been contracted by NetEnt to provide a software-defined storage solution called SANsymphony-V. This solution will help NetEnt process more than 16 billion annual transactions related to the online casino games that it delivers to some of the world’s largest online casino operators.

New partnerships announced this week in the NFV and SDN veins include ones involving HP and Saisei, and KEMP and Intel.

FlowCommand from Saisei is now available in the HP SDN App Store. The Saisei solution offers a good look at around 200 flows, making the entire network visible and publishing that up to the SDN controller.

Also this week, KEMP Technologies joined The Intel Network Builders Ecosystem. The ecosystem newcomer sells SDN Adaptive Load Balancing Application and the Virtual LoadMaster, which allow for better network visibility and a reduction in network congestion.

New solutions from Artesyn Embedded Technologies and JDSU also were unveiled this week. Artesyn came out with a high performance ATCA-based solution called the Centellis 8840. JDSU introduced TrueSpeed VNF software, which allows network operators to analyze and, if needed, remotely take steps to address the customer experience.

The NFV effort within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute group that got the whole network functions virtualization ball rolling also got a new member this week. NetNumber, which sells signaling control solutions, and runs a data and numbering service bureau is now part of the group.

Executive Editor, TMC

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