Atrinet isn't a name that springs to mind when considering the current state of the network operator virtualization scene.
The vendor from Tel Aviv, Israel has been plugging away quietly since it was spun off from Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) just over four years ago, developing a network management system that is applicable to multi-vendor hybrid networks, which combine legacy hardware and virtualized functions. In addition, the system can help with the integration of new technologies, including virtual network functions (VNFs) and the introduction of automated network processes.
That's all incredibly relevant to the current predicament facing communications service providers: A Heavy Reading survey of network operators last year found that the inability of existing management tools to deal with SDN and NFV implementation was the single biggest challenge faced by network operators in terms of progressing their virtualization strategies. And implementing automation is at the top of operator wish lists in 2018.
With the recent shift in strategy, Atrinet Ltd. has also landed a US customer -- Hudson Fiber Network out of Paramus, New Jersey -- after years of little to no market traction. (See Hudson Fiber Network Deploys Atrinet's NetACE.)
That success may be small but it represents a new chapter for Atrinet. The question now is whether the company has the strength and stamina to swim further upstream and engage with bigger networks that can provide high-profile reference cases.
Find out about Atrinet's journey and new strategy in our Prime Reading report, Atrinet Pivots, Tackles Hybrid Network Headaches.
— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading