Italtel's Netwrapper Makes Networks More Efficient

By Michael Guta February 17, 2016

The complexity of today's network infrastructure requires solutions that are able to efficiently allocate resources in order to ensure availability and reliability. The launch of the new enterprise SDN-based application by Italtel, Netwrapper, looks to bring networks and the applications that run them into harmony to use resources more efficiently.

With hundreds of millions of users and zeta bytes of data crisscrossing networks, it is getting more difficult to monitor what is taking place at all times and efficiently use the available resources. Netwrapper is a Software-Defined Networking (SDN) application that uses Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) Enterprise SDN Controller to intelligently allocate network resources according to the applications' requirement.

What this means for service providers is, Netwrapper will determine which application requires more bandwidth and takes the appropriate actions to allocate the right amount of network resources to ensure services don't get interrupted while taking into account the status of the network in real-time. This provides a higher level of quality of experience (QoE), resulting in better customer service across all channels for service providers.

"Netwrapper is another example of the collaboration with our ecosystem partners we are supporting to deliver high impact applications for APIC EM. Enabling dynamic and centralized network control according to applications' requirements allows Italtel to advance voice and video communications over IP networks for their customers in a very big way," said Phil Casini, Director of Product Management for Enterprise Networking at Cisco

The Italtel Netwrapper enables Dynamic Admission Control for UC&C services based on Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) or other IP-PBX. It includes Cisco IP Enterprise network devices, Cisco SDN controller and Cisco IP-PBX in its architecture. These tools allows Netwrapper to collect information such as topology, flow path trace, BW stats from the IP infrastructure as well as service topology ,audio and video call admission control bandwidth parameters and real time service bandwidth usage.

According to the company, the first IP voice and video applications that will benefit from QoE improvements with this application are Cisco Unified Call Manager (CUCM) and Microsoft Skype for Business.

"Our system is based on very refined algorithms, built thanks to our strong system integration capabilities. We have also developed a very smart data model suitable to address many other Enterprises' needs using an SDN approach," said Camillo Ascione, Head of System Integration Strategy & Marketing at Italtel.

Netwrapper will be released in Q2 2016 as the "policy engine" of Italtel's Dynamic Admission Control solution. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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