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EXFO's New Solution Addresses Visibility for Virtualization

By Paula Bernier July 16, 2014

Virtualization and software-defined networking can allow for great new flexibility and savings in addressing workflows. At the same time, they can present challenges in network management, given that network assets and services are no longer fixed, but instead may be in a constant state of change. To ensure service providers have visibility into network and service quality, even as they embrace SDN and virtualization, EXPO Inc. today introduced the Infrastructure Performance Suite to its BrixNGN portfolio.

(To learn more about software-defined networking, attend Software Telco Congress, which will run Aug. 11-14 at The Rio – Las Vegas. For more information, click here.)

The BrixNGN Infrastructure Performance Suite allows facilities-based service providers to correlate service-level key performance indicators with infrastructure metrics such as CPU, flow performance, memory and interface utilization, and port speed. The solution also supports control and provisioning of select network elements from Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks, RAD, and other suppliers.

"With the ability to address both existing and emerging technologies, BrixNGN is critical to ensuring infrastructure performance and to meeting the challenges that come with the shift to software-defined networking and network functions virtualization," says Claudio Mazzuca, vice president of EXFO's Transport and Service Assurance Division. "BrixNGN ensures the successful delivery of services – virtual or otherwise – by providing operators with a comprehensive view of both network and service performance."

The SDN-enabled hardware space will exceed $707 million this year and reach $13.3 billion in 2018, according to ACG Research. Meanwhile, the market for SDN software in service provider networks will be valued at $2.3 billion in 2018, the firm says. ACG believes that the SDN market as it relates to service provider edge and metro areas will become at least slightly larger than that of the data center.

Want to hear more benefits and opportunities that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) offer?  Software Telco Congress, held August 12-14, 2014, at The Rio in Las Vegas.

Edited by Adam Brandt

Executive Editor, TMC

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