Carrier Ethernet 2.0

Transition Networks Eyes Ethernet-SDN Integration

As Light Reading's Ethernet & SDN Expo kicks off this week in New York City, it's fitting that vendors are making progress on tying the two technologies together. With a mind to automate the Ethernet services lifecycle, Transition Networks has launched a software-defined services orchestration solution integrated with new Carrier Ethernet 2.0 demarcation devices, switches, and its Converge element management system.

The new solution is designed to address the increasingly complex service delivery requirements tied to Carrier Ethernet 2.0, while featuring a RESTful API allowing integration of software-defined network applications and other third-party apps.

"We're moving toward that vision of everything as a service, including the network," says Jon Collins, senior product manager at Transition Networks Inc. "There are a lot of service provider drivers, like rapid service turn-up, the need to support stringent end-to-end SLAs, cloud, multi-vendor interoperability, and on-demand bandwidth allocation. This leads to a very complex job of service provisioning that leaves technicians scratching their heads."

Transition is hoping that delivering an integrated solution that includes Chameleon services delivery software from Amartus, with whom Transition Networks partnered last year, will convince customers to trust Transition as its single vendor for service delivery from access to edge. "Amartus understands the need for automation in the Ethernet services lifecycle," Collins says.

On-demand bandwidth allocation in particular has been called out as an area where SDN-related technologies can make a big difference. Though Carrier Ethernet 2.0 is still fairly new, and has not necessarily been an unqualified success in the equipment and services sectors, Collins says the combination of Carrier Ethernet and SDN or NFV solutions and the emergence of APIs can help the industry set goals that might eventually become Carrier Ethernet 3.0. (See Carrier Ethernet Has a Job for SDN)

Transition's Converge EMS was announced last November. The company's S3289 demarcation device was among the first products certified under the Metro Ethernet Forum Carrier Ethernet 2.0 certification program. Regarding the new hardware products, the S4140 demarcation device enables service providers to address growing bandwidth needs for next-generation services. The company's two new Carrier Ethernet switches, S4212 and S4224, aggregate traffic from demarcation devices for efficient transport to the core network.

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— Dan O'Shea, Managing Editor, Light Reading

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