|[June 11, 2014]
Cyan, RAD, Fortinet and Certes Networks to Demonstrate Multi-Vendor, Distributed NFV PoC at Light Reading's Big Telecom Event
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
Four innovative providers of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
solutions announced today that they will publicly demonstrate their
joint European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI (News - Alert)) NFV
ISG-approved proof of concept (PoC) at the Big Telecom Event in Chicago,
to be held June 17-18, 2014. The four companies are Cyan
(NYSE: CYNI), RAD,
Sponsored by CenturyLink, the multi-vendor Distributed NFV (D-NFV) PoC
is based on RAD's dedicated customer-edge D-NFV equipment running
Fortinet's (News - Alert) Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) and Certes Networks' virtual
encryption/decryption engine as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) with
Cyan's Blue Planet system orchestrating the entire ecosystem.
As the sponsor of the PoC and a valued advisor, Tier 1 service provider,
CenturyLink (News - Alert), continues as an industry leader in its commitment to
"The Distributed NFV concept supports CenturyLink's managed services
strategy by providing a platform for developing unique NFV-enhanced
network services and bringing desired functionality directly to the
customer premises," said James Feger (News - Alert), Vice President of Network Strategy
and Development at CenturyLink. "We're pleased to sponsor this ETSI
multi-vendor proof of concept as it provides the industry with an
opportunity to prove vendor interoperability while determining which
functions work best at the edge versus the network core."
D-NFV allows the placement of VNFs whee they will be both most
effective and least expensive, including at the customer edge. This
approach enables�service providers to quickly and easily roll out new
services and implement advanced capabilities without having to put
capital expenditures upfront into the data center or redesign the
network. The PoC demonstrates an innovative, open and agile D-NFV
deployment model comprised of multiple vendors collaborating to deliver
key values for service providers using physical and virtual components.
"Distributed NFV is an important ETSI-approved use case. Many�PoCs are
focused on the capex and opex�that can be saved through NFV. Distributed
NFV is about service agility - the ability for service providers to
create new revenue streams and ensure faster time-to-market by adding
virtualized network functions, like firewall and encryption, to existing
enterprise services quickly and�cost-effectively at�the customer edge,"
said Caroline Chappell, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading. "This PoC also
demonstrates�multi-vendor integration and how this�can drive NFV forward
for the industry."
NFV and Orchestration: Beyond the Data Centers
While this PoC is important for the advancement of NFV as a whole, it
more uniquely broadens the scope and conception of NFV and orchestration
to encompass everything out to the edge. Specifically, NFV is
implemented at the customer edge with RAD equipment, while Cyan's
orchestration spans from the data center to the customer edge
integrating all of the virtual and physical components.
Cyan Blue Planet NFV Orchestration allows network providers to
orchestrate VNFs from multiple vendors from a single, centralized
orchestration platform; these advanced capabilities simplify the
deployment and life-cycle management of VNFs. Blue Planet's ability to
orchestrate both NFV and multi-vendor Ethernet services provides network
operators with a unique platform to create new, VNF-enhanced Ethernet
services managed from one platform.
VNFs at the customer edge are implemented with RAD's ETX-2, a D-NFV
empowered state-of-the-art NID, the cornerstone of RAD's Service Assured
Access solution. This novel solution integrates an x86 server platform
to host value-added service capabilities, as well as network
functionalities that run on virtual machines.
Fortinet and Certes Networks provide VNFs that are instantiated on RAD's
ETX-2 by Cyan's Blue Planet SDN Platform.
Fortinet's FortiGate-VM enforces next-generation firewall security
functions that provide network and application layer protection.
Real-time security updates are pushed to the FortiGate-VM by FortiGuard
subscription services to ensure it is aware of and enforcing protection
from the latest security threats. FortiGate-VM is managed by Fortinet's
FortiManager-VM and FortiAnalyzer-VM, which provide centralized
configuration, control and security analytics. Together they enhance
flexibility to quickly enable comprehensive security solutions and
improve the scalability of adding resources as security needs dictate.
The virtual Certes Enforcement Point (vCEP) is a virtual encryption
solution that secures data in motion over any public or private network.
Managed with drag-and-drop simplicity, vCEPs can be dynamically
provisioned to create Certes' CryptoFlow™ VPNs, fully meshed multi-point
VPNs safeguarding data in physical, virtual and Cloud environments.
CryptoFlows protect critical data for any application with automatically
enforced policies and simplified control of encryption keys.
The live Distributed NFV demonstration will be held in booth #519 at the
Big Telecom Event in Chicago on June 17 or 18.
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