Cisco and Italtel Team on Enterprise SDN Solution Addressing Video and UC Complexities

By Laura Stotler September 24, 2015

Software defined networking (SDN) has become pervasive over the past year, particularly in the data center and service provider markets, in which giant amounts of data need to be processed, stored and analyzed as efficiently as possible. But there is demand on the enterprise side as well, particularly as more companies adopt video and other complex UC applications and services, and a new development effort between Cisco and Italtel is addressing that.

Italtel, which specializes in next-gen networks, IP communications and VAS, has strengthened its existing partnership with Cisco in an effort to develop SDN solutions for the enterprise. The companies are focusing on improving the quality of enterprise IT applications while helping customers optimize their network resources.

"The adoption of video UC&C applications is now crucial for the business development of enterprises which are widely spread on geographies," said Camillo Ascione, head of system integration strategy & marketing at Italtel. "Being able to apply suitable policies to shape network resources' consumption, not only according to their availability but also to users' needs, is today a pressing requirement for enterprises. An SDN approach provides IT managers a feasible way to manage dynamically high QoE services, particularly in a multivendor environment, via a controller based infrastructure." 

The companies are combining their respective offerings and expertise to offer high levels of quality of experience for multi-technology UC&C applications within a multi-site enterprise architecture. Cisco is contributing its Enterprise SDN Controller, which is made of Cisco’s Application Policy Infrastructure Controller – Enterprise Model (APIC-EM). Italtel is developing a new application, the Dynamic Admission Control solution, to offer high levels of QoE for IP video and voice services. It offers dynamic bandwidth management that activates QoS policies shaped on the types of services that need to be preserved.

"The selection of appropriate partners to take advantage of the opportunities created by SDN and network programmability is among Cisco's main priorities,” said Phil Casini, director product management APIC-EM at Cisco. “Italtel's expertise and long track record in the development and integration of large scale telecommunications infrastructure enables a dynamic solution like DAC to emerge as an application on APIC-EM which can significantly increase the return on investment that many companies seek for their IP voice and video assets."  

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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