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Telstra Unveils its Network-as-a-Service with SDN and NFV

By Michael Guta May 24, 2017

The rate in which technology is changing makes it difficult for the vast majority of organizations to implement new solutions because of the large capital expenditure it takes to make it possible. The as-a-service model has dramatically changed this dynamic so almost anyone can afford to deploy everything from enterprise grade communications to security, applications, platforms, infrastructure and more.

Australia's Telstra is pushing this delivery model with its Programmable Network, which will provide Network-as-a-Service by allowing its customers to access the company's networks, cloud platform, data centers, software-defined networking (SDN), and network function virtualization (NFV) in a single platform.

Telstra describes the solution as a new kind of network, capable of adapting to the needs of the client in real-time by offering a higher degree of control and flexibility to capitalize on opportunities when they arise. Customers will be able to use an interface for automating and provisioning services without having to upgrade their existing infrastructure, while at the same time making it possible to access multiple public cloud services. Telstra leverages the network programmability of SDN and NFV to provide this solution.

According to Telstra, its Programmable Network will provide a user interface for customers to automate and provision services in near real time without needing to upgrade their infrastructure, as well as access multiple public cloud services. Jim Fagan, Telstra director of Global Platforms, describes the company's vision for Telstra Programmable Network as “Helping businesses optimize their IT by offering automated, on-demand and near real-time provisioning, consumption-based pricing, and new data insights on network usage.”

The Programmable Network can prioritize traffic with multiple latency options through a single easy-to-use portal or by customer systems interfaced using APIs. Telstra delivers the new service with increased visibility into customer IT systems and structures for maintaining control and optimizing service performance. The entire platform is delivered as a complete, integrated solution with one port of call for support, making organizations more efficient.

Fagan goes on to say, “The Telstra Programmable Network is designed to help our customers meet the rapidly growing global demand for data and the proliferation of applications, as well as embrace cloud computing by offering flexible and dynamic access to our high-bandwidth, low-latency, and secure networks.”

The Programmable Network is available to Australian Telstra network customers and international IP-based virtual private network customers through the company's 2,000 points of presence around the world. The company has integrated SDN and NFV throughout its global network, which will make it easier for its global customers to access the service without any performance loss.

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Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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