Challenging the market; an SDN federation?
Our CEO Carl Grivner recently sat down with Roman Pacewicz of AT&T and Global Telecoms Business to discuss our ground breaking software defined networking (SDN) interoperability trial that took place last year. The pioneering work that happened at the end of 2016 sheds light on what’s to come in the future of connectivity.
AT&T were able to provision network services between the US and Europe along Colt’s fibre using software defined networking technology.
This proved that software defined networking (SDN) architectures from different providers can be configured to work together. Furthermore that it can be achieved in mere minutes and ultimately by enterprise customers through a dashboard, although no customers were involved in the trial.
‘’The end goal is that an AT&T customer could provision a service through onto the Colt network and vice versa’’ Carl said.
‘What SDN has done is unleashed a momentum in how networking is done. This is transforming the adoption of cloud technology, but until now SDN has been limited to a carrier’s own system. Extensions across boundaries are a critical component to making the infrastructure’ Roman added.
Both Carl and Roman insisted that other operators need to collaborate and challenge the market in order bring agile, real time service provision to customers the world over.
The trial has sparked interest from a number of other companies, and has got the industry interested in creating a federation or ecosystem for SDN. ‘We need to drive the industry to agree on the standards by which SDNs can connect worldwide, and end the era of manual provisioning which raises costs for everyone’ Roman added.
The next step is to spread the word among other carriers, we need to build up the federation.