NFV Home

Nectar, Cisco to Create the First UC-SDN, Self-healing Network

By Casey Houser June 10, 2015

Network management and monitoring software developer Nectar Services recently announced that it will partner with Cisco to create an industry first: a unified communications-focused software defined network that will allow businesses to use UC across a Cisco network.

Nectar is calling this creation a self-healing network that will provide more visibility for enterprise clients and will offer a range of UC options across multiple vendors such as Microsoft and Avaya. The Nectar Unified Communications Management Platform (UCMP) and Application Policy Infrastructure Controller - Enterprise Module (APIC-EM) will work together to make this a reality.

Joe Fuccillo, the CTO of Nectar, spoke in the announcement about some of the basic capabilities of this self-aware network.

“Our broad and deep knowledge of every UC session, its quality, and correlated session level diagnostics creates the core awareness needed for a real-time UC-SDN solution,” Fuccillo said.

What this means is that network service providers and enterprise network users will have a level of insight about their networks that was not previously possible. The Cisco APIC-EM begins this network visibility through the automatic creation of policy-based application profiles that will offer IT departments fine-grained control over every application running on their networks.

The Nectar UCMP then steps in to give a shell to that policy creation. It provides monitoring tools and security capabilities through two distinct tools that are part of the overall UCMP platform. The Experience Assurance Module and Quality-of-Service Policy Engine tools will work in tandem to automatically configure network end points when using Microsoft Skype for Business, correct calls with poor voice quality, monitor network end-points to verify calls, and adjust quality-of-service policy to match pre-defined call characteristics.

Those elements are all part of the self-healing process that users can expect to occur on their Cisco networks. As a result, call quality should improve and any errant, UC-related occurrences in a network should be handled automatically by the Nectar tools. End user experiences should improve and the time spent by IT toward network troubleshooting should decrease once networks are configured to act appropriately.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing Writer

Related Articles

Winners of the 2018 INTERNET TELEPHONY NFV Innovation Award Announced

By: TMCnet News    6/4/2018

TMC announced the recipients of the 2018 INTERNET TELEPHONY NFV Innovation Award, presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine.

Read More

Harnessing Pervasive Visibility to Unleash the Power of the Cloud

By: Michael Segal    11/9/2017

Cloud computing is having an unprecedented influence on companies throughout the world; according to research from BDO, an overwhelming number (74%) o…

Read More

Nokia Introduces SDAN Solution

By: Paula Bernier    10/10/2017

Nokia has unveiled a Software-Defined Access Network solution. This offering consists of cloud-native software, integration services, open programmabl…

Read More

Stating with Attestation, a Core Foundation of Computer Security for Sensitive Systems

By: Special Guest    10/3/2017

The European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) held their annual Security Week event and along with a representative from the UK National C…

Read More

Assuring Business Outcomes on Your DX Journey

By: Michael Segal    9/7/2017

When it comes to implementing strategies for digital transformation (DX), there are nearly as many methods as there are companies using them.

Read More