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PCCW Global Chooses CENX Orchestration Solution to Manage its Complex Global Network

By Christopher Mohr November 20, 2015

CENX announced recently that its Cortx Service Orchestrator (CSO) was chosen by PCCW Global to allow customers to manage bandwidth connectivity and cloud data center resources through an online portal. According to CENX, CSO is the only solution available that automates lifecycle management of Carrier Ethernet/IP within SDN and NFV environments.

Based in Hoboken, N.J., CENX develops service orchestration solutions to help service providers handle the complexity and agility of modern networks. The company name comes from its original function as a Carrier Ethernet Neutral eXchange when it was founded back in 2009.

The company developed software for its customers to automate many of the tedious processes that often go with providing data connectivity services. This software was such a big hit with customers that CENX got out of the carrier Ethernet exchange business and became a software vendor.

Hong Kong-based PCCW Global provides voice and data services to multinational companies and service providers using Ethernet, IP, fiber, and satellite transmission technologies covering 3,000 cities in 140 countries. These services include network infrastructure, cloud computing, unified communications, security, voice, and managed services.

Without some type of orchestration, it might be less stressful to control air traffic around O’Hare than to sort out the complexities of a global network as sophisticated as PCCW’s. In addition to its sheer size, such a network is made up of so many disparate environments, that aggregating data in a way that provides something actionable is next to impossible.

CENX solves these problems with a big data engine that collects disparate data and provides actionable intelligence in real time. It provides visualization that gives admins an intuitive representation of what’s going on with the network. This makes troubleshooting problems and delivering a great user experience much easier to accomplish.

If CENX’s claims about its service orchestrator being the only solution that automates lifecycle management in SDN and NFV environments is true, then it has a great opportunity to establish itself as a leader in that industry.

SDN and NFV will continue to be a growth industry for the next few years, but have one glaring disadvantage of being complex. As more companies embrace these two technologies they will need orchestration to discover problems quickly and take action to limit downtime. 

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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