PCCW Global Comes Aboard the CPLANE OpenStack Solution

By Paula Bernier February 03, 2016

PCCW Global is using the CPLANE OpenStack Product Suite to help power its distributed cloud offering, the company announced last month. The PCCW Inter-Domain Cloud Federation solution, which the companies showed at the Metro Ethernet Forum’s GEN15 event in Dallas, enables customers to expedite the creation of clouds spanning multiple locations.

This fast turn up of multi-location clouds is possible in part due to the use of a self-service interface. The CPLANE Dynamic Virtual Networks – Data Center solution also allows for ease of use, high-performance virtual machine communication, seamless integration among sites, and service assurance, and scalable SDN networking. The CPLANE Multi-Site Manager, meanwhile, takes in requires from the portal and PCCW Global’s business and operational support systems, and orchestrates cloud provisioning to all relevant sites.

“Multi-site, federated clouds are quickly becoming the new norm for geographic workload placement and load balancing, business continuity, data replication and distributed applications,” said Jennifer Pigg Clark, vice president at 451 Research. “A key aspect of the federation is the tight OSS/BSS integration and seamless orchestration of compute, storage and networking services across multiple sites to create a single, customer-centric cloud image. Until now this has been a missing element of OpenStack.”

CPLANE Networks commercially launched its Dynamic Virtual Networks Interconnect product for wide area networks late in 2014. The software-defined networking software leverages the company’s SDN Controller to enable the creation of Layer 2 and 3 VPNs over MPLS. That way, data center operations can connect applications spanning multiple data centers. DVNI also allows for automatic discovery; label-switched path traffic optimization planning, modeling and analysis for fast reroutes and alternate paths; policy-based management for overbooking, security, and QoS; and resource-based admission control and traffic shaping.

OpenStack is a cloud-focused open source effort initiated by Rackspace. Just as Rackspace was readying to open its cloud source code, it heard that NASA had a similar effort under way with the Nebula cloud solution. So Rackspace joined forces with NASA under the umbrella of the cloud initiative now known as OpenStack

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Executive Editor, TMC

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