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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Infinera, VeloCloud, VMware

February 18, 2017

Transforming Network Infrastructure this week tapped into a wide variety of topics including 5G, software-defined data centers, SD-WANs, and more.

Contributing writer Steve Anderson did the bulk of the articles on these topics this week, including a piece about Infinera’s work around 5G. That includes the introduction of new flexponders and the new EMXP Access Unity.

He also wrote a posting about how Mitani has engaged VeloCloud to provide an SD-WAN solution. This will enable the company to segue from MPLS to this newer and more flexible technology, he noted.

VeloCloud services include application access control, application performance, dynamic path selection, network overlay control, network and application visibility, and secure network segmentation. Its SD-WAN solution is in use by hundreds of paying enterprise and managed service provider customers.

Elsewhere on the software-defined networking frontier, I wrote about how the VMware Cloud Foundation solution is now being used by Canada’s GloboTech. It allows organizations to self provision virtual machines in their private environments and to use those resources on demand.

Speaking of software-defined data centers, Laura Stotler recently wrote about a blog series from Fiber Mountain discussing that topic.

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“The physical layer of the data center, also known as Layer 1, needs to become a software-controllable network asset,” writes Fiber Mountain. “This will enable new network architectures that are much more agile and adaptable than in the past. Our always-on culture will keep demanding new levels of resilience and responsiveness – for spikes in demand, for disaster recovery, and for developing new services we have not yet imagined.”

And while we’re on the topic of fiber and optical technology, I should note that Anderson also contributed a piece this week about ADVA’s new FSP Network Hypervisor. It works with different open source solutions and various controllers, he said.

Our busy bee Steve Anderson this week also talked about how VM Racks has purchased Array Networks. The acquired company sells the Array vxAG virtual secure access gateway line. That allows for HIPPA-compliant remote access.

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