BTI Systems unveils cloud networking solution
Mar 08, 2013 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
BTI Systems, a software and networking content and service provider, has unveiled a cloud networking solution designed to improve inter-data center connectivity.
According to the company, Intelligent Cloud Connect is an open software-rich platform that combines network intelligence and application awareness with expanded capacity and scale. By doing so, it increases cloud connectivity performance.
Intelligent Cloud Connect is an SDN-enabled integrated platform with management and control software, allowing content and service providers to scale new revenue-generating services, while reducing operational complexities and cost. It will replace the need to continue to purchase separate optical transport devices, switches, router ports, and network application appliances to handle and manage inter-data center traffic growth, with more control and flexibility to optimize services, the company said.
With open APIs, Intelligent Cloud Connect will integrate into existing data center infrastructures and existing carrier applications through BTI's management and control software.
Intelligent Cloud Connect will be in customer lab deployments with content and service providers in the second quarter of 2013. Broad commercial availability of the first release will be in early Q3 2013, the company reported.
"Legacy WAN solutions are not designed to optimize the dramatic gains achieved in today's highly virtualized data centers," said BTI Systems President and CEO Steve Waszak. "Intelligent Cloud Connect enables providers to create highly programmable network fabrics for improved applications performance, operational efficiencies as well as service innovation demands. Customers can literally 'cap and grow,' retaining existing equipment investments, while decreasing additional cost outlays and efficiently supporting bandwidth and capacity demands. Large content providers are validating that we have effectively addressed their requirements while reducing significant operational headaches and costs. "
"Data centers are becoming major confluence points for high rates of traffic growth: interconnecting data centers, and connecting data centers to access networks or peering points," said Ovum vice president and Practice Leader Dana Cooperson. "As data centers are becoming much more critical in support of public and private cloud services, they are becoming both larger and more widely distributed, adding pressure on the connecting networks to scale, deliver higher-performance and differentiated services, and improve economics. BTI's Intelligent Cloud Connect, with its focus on high-availability, high-capacity, open, application-aware, and even applications-based networking, supports these goals."
"Carriers and over-the-top providers are in a race to deliver bandwidth 'on demand,'" said Doyle Research Principal Analyst Lee Doyle. "SDN is definitely producing an impact on the telecom infrastructure and will improve the manageability, utilization and flexibility of networks. Technologies, such as SDN, are reshaping the telecom industry in new and exciting ways. The integration of the routing and optical layers with network intelligence and application awareness via SDN will help content providers and carriers improve their network performance, flexibility and reduce operation costs over the next three years."
"Content providers want to get closer to their customers, which is propelling a growth in distributed data centers and creating urgent network requirements for scale, control, and cost reduction," said ACG Research Managing Partner Ray Mota.
"The convergence of the optical and LSR layers simplifies operations and enables cost-effective scale over separate optical and router products. Integrating analytics and application awareness increases control, network utilization and service differentiation. BTI understands these dynamics and what is required in a next-generation cloud infrastructure solution. Their approach with Intelligent Cloud Connect appears to be right on target."
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