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Leading Lights 2016 Finalists: Most Innovative SDN Product Strategy (Vendor)

Ciena's Blue Planet Division sees a rapidly growing level of support for open source software with service providers, and believes that vendors will play an increasingly strategic role in the development, integration and support of these solutions over time, Ciena says.

Huawei Technologies
CloudVPN, offered by Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. SDN System Integration service, helps operators enhance VPN service with benefits including an on-demand elastic model and online self-service experience. CloudVPN is part of a larger SDN service strategy that helps operators transform traditional siloed networks with SDN technologies, Huawei says.

Huawei pre-integrates value-added services from partners. With the support of the Huawei SDN Open Lab in Beijing, Huawei says it can integrate a new value-added service within seven days. So far, Huawei has established cooperative relationships with over 20 mainstream value-added service providers, has provided over 50 types of typical value-added services and performed E2E service solution verifications for over 30 market projects around the world. The pre-integration helps operators quickly provide optimal low-cost value-added services for enterprises, the vendor says.

Midokura Enterprise MidoNet (MEM) is a scalable network virtualization solution designed for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) clouds. The latest version, MEM 5.0, launched in February, builds upon Midokura's enterprise-grade networking technology to support critical network virtualization deployments with significantly new enhanced operational tools that were designed specifically for OpenStack operators, the vendor says.

MEM 5.0 offers a software-based network abstraction layer between the hosts and the physical network, allowing operators to build isolated networks in software overlaying pre-existing hardware-based network infrastructure. Designed for distributed computing, MEM provides per-tenant network control so that operators can create and make changes to the virtual network without disturbing the physical infrastructure via the intuitive MidoNet Manager, the company says.

The Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) Network Services Platform for Carrier SDN helps operators to thrive in the cloud era of networking by providing operators with a faster, simpler way to define and provision network services, according to Nokia. The NSP Is purpose-built software that blends Nokia's extensive experience in service management -- and in large-scale IP and optical routing -- to unify and simplify automation and control of complex IP/optical networks.

The product bridges the gap between service provisioning and network engineering so that operators can set up services with the confidence that they have the assets they need to meet the demands of dynamic service requests in a cost-effective manner, Nokia says.

It improves overall service health and network efficiency by unifying network optimization with comprehensive network key performance indicators (KPIs), the company says.

The platform works across IP, optical and Ethernet technologies, across physical and virtual network infrastructure, and across multiple network vendors, Nokia says.

Packet Design
Packet Design Inc. adapts its combination of real-time routing and traffic flow telemetry as well as performance metrics to supply the missing SDN management layer between the physical and virtual network infrastructure and the applications that need network resources. The Packet Design SDN Management and Orchestration Platform is an independent, modular and vendor-agnostic platform that provides the key analytics, optimization and orchestration functions required by SDN applications, the vendor says.

Comprising the Explorer suite of products plus new SDN extensions, the platform provides a comprehensive set of micro-services for closed-loop SDN analytics and application management, Packet Design says. These include routing topology models; traffic matrices; latency, utilization, jitter, loss and other performance metrics; baselining; predictive analytics; optimization algorithms; and a policy engine that can be used to determine in real time if application requests for network resources can and should be satisfied.

The SDN MANO Platform is designed to help accelerate SDN deployments outside the data center.

— Mitch Wagner, Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, Light Reading.

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