& cplSiteName &

Orange Adds SD-WAN to Hybrid Net Strategy

Carol Wilson

Orange Business Services will enter the crowded SD-WAN market later this year by integrating Riverbed Technology's SteelConnect software into its existing Easy Go Network network-as-a-service platform, as an addition to its hybrid network offering. (See Orange Taps Riverbed to Add SD-WAN.)

One goal is to differentiate its software-defined wide-area networking service from over-the-top offerings, which use basic Internet access to offload some corporate traffic and connect remote offices, by making SD-WAN one of the dynamic service offerings that are built into its hybrid WAN platform, says Pierre-Louis Biaggi, vice president of the Connectivity Business Unit for Orange Business Services .

Want to learn more about SD-WANS? Join us in Austin at the fourth-annual Big Communications Event -- the ONE event that delivers context and clarity to the software-driven future. Communications service providers get in free!

Some other operators are also offering SD-WANs alongside MPLS-based services and others to give customers a choice of connection that can be dynamically tailored to specific applications. In Orange's case, SD-WAN becomes the latest service offering for its network-as-a-service platform, announced in November 2016. At that time, Orange named Ciena's Blue Planet as its network orchestrator and Juniper Networks Inc.'s Contrail as its SDN controller, for what it calls its Easy Go Network. It also announced Fortinet Inc.'s firewall as an initial virtual network function.

"In a standard implementation of SD-WAN, it is a pure over-the-top implementation, and you lose a lot of existing services, for example, cloud connectivity, which we are providing to our customers," Biaggi tells Light Reading in an interview. Integration of SD-WAN into Orange's hybrid networking services lets customers retain those direct connections to more than 20 different popular cloud providers.

Orange also will enable its enterprise customers to dynamically switch between service types, based on specific applications, using SteelConnect's capabilities for designing, deploying and managing hybrid networks and its zero-touch provisioning, according to the announcement.

Orange Business Services and Riverbed Technology Inc. are working together on creating the VNF software and integrating it into the existing Orange SDN and NFV infrastructure, to be managed by the Ciena Blue Planet orchestration, he adds. The capability will be tested in pilot deployments in the second quarter.

The Riverbed SteelConnect will be delivered as VNFs on that universal CPE gear by the end of the year, Biaggi says.

— Carol Wilson, Editor-at-Large, Light Reading

Make sure your company and services are listed free of charge at Virtuapedia, the comprehensive set of searchable databases covering the companies, products, industry organizations and people that are directly involved in defining and shaping the virtualization industry.

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
All Upcoming Live Events
SmartNICs aren't just about achieving scale. They also have a major impact in reducing CAPEX and OPEX requirements.
Hot Topics
Nokia Bell Labs & Verizon Stretch Fixed 5G to the Home
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/13/2017
Juniper's New Contrail VP Hails From Google
Craig Matsumoto, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading, 11/15/2017
Eurobites: Telefónica Reckons Plastic Is Fantastic for FTTH
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 11/15/2017
Animals with Phones
Why Cats Don't Run Tech Support Click Here
Live Digital Audio

Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead
By Kevin Taylor, for Huawei
All Partner Perspectives