NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: Cyan, Ethernity, Qosmos

By Paula Bernier March 21, 2015

The week in network functions virtualization and software-defined networking saw Orange Business Services launch an SDN pilot test aimed at small and medium businesses, Ethernity Networks demonstrate its solution at an event in Paris, and Qosmos join forces with NEC.

Orange said that by next month up to 10 SMB sites using its SDN service, which allows organizations to use a web portal to create and manage their intranet and Internet services in real time. That includes private and secure corporate network offerings leveraging ADSL, fiber, or VDSL access, and what Orange called a ready-to-use router.

As discussed in an SDN Zone posting last week, a handful of other companies already have introduced customer self-provisioning SDN services to date. That includes AT&T, CenturyLink, Masergy, and NTT Communications.

Speaking of that, Cyan this week revealed that CenturyLink is leveraging its Blue Planet NFV Orchestrator for SMBs. Mike Hatfield, president of Cyan, commented: "We're proud that Cyan's Blue Planet is playing a critical role in how they deploy multi-vendor VNFs as services to end customers. Together, CenturyLink and Cyan are unifying the data center, virtual resources, WAN, and managed services to create a new way of doing business for network operators."

In other news this week, Ethernity Networks demonstrated its new OpenFlow-enabled hardware acceleration network interface card at the 2015 NFV & SDN Summit.

The solution is for use in virtualized customer premises equipment and evolved packet cores. For example, Telrad Networks uses the platform—called the ACE-NIC—in its vEPC. ACE-NIC accelerates performance of network functions by up to 50 times.

Elsewhere on the SDN frontier, Qosmos came aboard the NEC SDN Partner Space. It’s an effort through which NEC and partner companies work to expedite the compatibility and integration of different vendors’ SDN solutions. 

Executive Editor, TMC

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