ADVA, EXFO Integrate to Deliver Managed SD-WAN

February 23, 2018

By Maurice Nagle, Web Editor

Software-defined networking solutions are receiving much in the way of attention these days, with SD-WAN stealing the spotlight. As we heard over and over at last week’s SD-WAN Expo, this burgeoning technology is transforming networking and delivering on the hype of a market pegged for a multi-billion valuation in the coming years.

EXFO (News - Alert) and ADVA announced a new partnership this week that brings together a network testing, monitoring and analytics firm with an open networking, cloud and mobile services firm, integrating EXFO’s NFV Service Assurance solution with the ADAV Ensemble open virtualization suite to offer managed SD-WAN services.

"Managed SD-WAN represents a tremendous growth opportunity for CSPs looking to transform their network from physical to virtual and to drive new revenue," said Prayson Pate, CTO of ADVA (News - Alert)'s Ensemble division. "For CSPs to reap the expected benefits from deploying SD-WAN services, they need to break free from the numerous constraints of single-vendor solution lock-in and build their solution with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware hosting best-in-class open-source network functions virtualization (NFV) software. That's what we are offering with Ensemble and our partnership with EXFO."

The solution delivers CSPs and customers improved flexibility, visibility and control within the network to ensure optimal traffic routing, application performance and quality of service (QoS). 

"The industry needs neutral management and monitoring solutions that avoid vendor lock-in to achieve the benefits of agile, reliable service delivery in the SD-WAN domain," said Patrick Kelly, Founder and Principal Analyst at Appledore Research. EXFO and ADVA will bring a joint solution offering needed to automate and deliver real-time performance data on dynamic network capacity to drive closed-loop optimization."

The software-defined revolution is underway, get on board, or get out of the way. Digital transformation and the cloud era wait for no man (or woman).

What’s in your network? Curious to learn more about SD-WAN?

Edited by Mandi Nowitz