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Japanese University Seeks Simplicity with Avaya SDN Fx

By Paula Bernier April 26, 2016

There are a lot of smart people running around the Tsuruoka Town Campus at Keio University in Japan, but the biosciences research institution doesn’t have anybody on site to manage its network infrastructure. So last year, as part of its network upgrade initiative, it began seeking out a less complicated network design that would allow for easier maintenance and troubleshooting. That led it to select Avaya’s SDN Fx architecture.

“The complexity of the multi-vendor environment was generating glitches and adding maintenance support costs,” said Yasuo Miyamoto of the Information Technology Center at Keio University. “We got to many upgrade proposals from various vendors. As I heard Avaya’s presentation for the first time, I was thrilled with their solution – when I saw a demonstration from their engineers that thrill turned into firm belief. The difference between Avaya and other companies was obvious, and I wanted to give this SPB technology a shot. This technology provides the performance and scalability we will require if we expand our campuses in future or for large scale deployment at other campuses.”

The SDN Fx architecture, which is based on Fabric Connect, requires minimal configuration modification. Fx provides automation and programmability from the network core to the user edge to allow for the creation of agile networks for the expedited delivery of dynamic applications and new services.

A year ago this month Avaya unleashed various additions to Fx, including the ERS 5900 series stackable Ethernet switches. These allow organizations to create a bridge from their existing operations to new software-defined networks.

An AFCOM survey suggests that more than 80 percent of respondents this year are either planning or have deployed SDN or NFV. And a new report based on a survey by the OpenStack Foundation indicates 65 percent of OpenStack deployments are now in production, 33 percent more than a year ago. (OpenStack is the most widely deployed open source software for building public and private clouds. Nearly 600 companies and 38,000 individuals globally support the project.)

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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