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Accedian Unveils SkyLIGHT VCX

By Paula Bernier March 26, 2015

Accedian Networks has come out with a network functions virtualization solution that uses what the company calls “bite-sized” programmable hardware modules. Called SkyLIGHT VCX, it delivers the performance of appliances within hardware modules that are up to 70 percent less expensive, use 90 percent less power, and don’t take up valuable real estate at the customer premises.

SkyLIGHT VCX can be used for bandwidth metering, bandwidth regulation and policy enforcement, multi-connection performance monitoring, real-time service level agreement reporting, service activation testing, and service quality analytics for hybrid cloud connection applications.

Keith Donahue, vice president of product management and services says this is Accedian’s way of helping provide its customers with data center connectivity more cost effectively while enabling them to differentiate themselves in the cloud marketplace.

“Our approach fuses the best NFV-based engineering principles with the highest-performing programmable processing,” he says.

Accedian, which specializes in real-time performance results collection and reporting, service activation testing, and workflow automation, for the past few months has been pushing its NFV and SDN stories. The company in May of last year talked about its SkyLIGHT NFV & API architecture, which interface with solutions from Cyan and others to optimize SDN performance.

In addition to the telcos, Accedian caters to the cablecos. The company in February of 2014 unveiled an NFV solution aimed at these service providers.

Called the antMODULE, this cableco solution can be combined with Accedian’s V-NID to allow for end-to-end service activation testing, troubleshooting, and visibility.

“Our solutions have been integral to many of the world’s mobile operators and service providers to assure the performance of their networks and drive faster time to market. The needs of the cable industry are no different; they too require SLA measurement tools and network performance solutions with a low-risk investment strategy,” said Patrick Ostiguy, president and CEO of Accedian Networks, which the antMODULE was introduced last year.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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