SDN Technology

Colt Taps Cyan for SDN-Ready Ethernet Platform

PETALUMA, CA & BAD HOMBURG, GERMANY – Cyan, provider of software-defined networking (SDN) and packet-optical solutions for network operators, today announced that Colt, Europe’s leading information delivery platform, is launching its next-generation modular Carrier Ethernet Multi-Service Platform (MSP) network building on Cyan’s Blue Planet software and Z-Series platforms. The solution will help Colt deliver higher bandwidth, more automated and scalable business Ethernet services. The approach taken is a step-change in the way hybrid Ethernet and IP services are delivered and paves the way for SDN and network functions virtualization (NFV).

“Businesses count on us to deliver critical managed IT services, cloud services, and communication solutions that provide a superior customer experience,” said Luke Broome, CTO of Colt. “A necessary part of delivering that experience is evolving and automating our network infrastructure and deploying best-in-class technology in a flexible and modular multi-vendor environment that will fuel innovation. Cyan technology is an important element in allowing us to automate, provision, and manage Ethernet transport and Carrier Ethernet services regardless of the vendor equipment we choose, scale our metro network resources, and provides us with a path to future SDN and NFV-based applications and services.” Colt has deployed a next generation network called Modular Multi-Service Platform. The network is architected for scale, simplicity and service agility. It is designed to meet the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth, while maintaining strict service requirements and also allowing for success-based growth and expansion over time. In order to do this, Colt introduced several network innovations:

  • A Layer 2 Carrier Ethernet metro network simplifying service provisioning as well as reducing the number of different types of equipment required.
  • A multi-vendor design that enables the service provider to choose best-in-class platforms at each point in the network, optimize cost and performance, while having access to the latest technologies and innovations.
  • Software orchestration that delivers unified access and an end-to-end view of the network, providing multi-vendor network automation, management, and usability.

Cyan technology is also supporting Colt’s efforts to connect data center hosted compute resources with network resources to enhance end-to-end performance and develop the flexible and agile service types that CIOs demand today.

Colt Technology Services Group Ltd

Cyan Inc.
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