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Fiber Mountain Alpine Orchestration System Honored with TMC's 2015 SDN Excellence Award

July 14, 2015

There has been little doubt for the past few years that there is a sense of urgency for data center operators and administrators to transform their architectures to meet rapidly changing market conditions. This means an attic to basement review of all Compute, Storage and Networking capabilities, along with things like physical security and energy efficiency. In addition, as data traffic continues its exponential explosion, and as the move to the cloud and the need to accommodate mobile continues to grow unabated, there has been a sense of urgency in transforming network infrastructure in particular.

All of the transformation drivers cited above have caused a rush of innovation as future requirements have dictated that data centers become more agile, secure, higher performing, more resilient and under software control.  A great example of the innovation taking place is coming not just from tradition suppliers but increasingly from start-ups. In fact, Cheshire, CT-based software-defined networking (SDN) company, Fiber Mountain, Inc., developers of patented “Glass Core” technology for enterprise and hyperscale data centers, has recently been honored for its ground-breaking Alpine Orchestration System (AOS) by being named by TMC as a 2015 SDN Excellence Award winner.

“The AOS technology has demonstrated innovation and will help shape the face of the quickly evolving industry. It is our pleasure to honor Fiber Mountain for their inspiring work.”

“Since our launch, Fiber Mountain has worked tirelessly to bring its Glass Core technology to life within the data center industry,” said CEO M.H. Raza. “Our AOS technology showcases the innovative nature of our solutions for hyperscale data centers, and being awarded the SDN Excellence Award serves as a promising proof point of what lies ahead for Fiber Mountain and its customers.”

A look under the hood reveals how Fiber Mountain is pushing the envelope in terms of data center networking transformation. Fiber Mountain’s AOS is a centralized SDN management platform providing abstracted network control extensible to hyperscale data centers. It provides much sought after functionality to deal with future requirements including:

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  • It configures connectivity in the Glass Core using Programmable Light Paths (PLP), which are software controlled port-to-port direct connections.
  • Optimizes multiple layers (up to layer 4), which are necessary for data center scaling, protection and capacity planning for optical and data plane (packet) layers.
  • Provides a global view of the network’s resources including physical assets, maintaining a centralized topology in real time, capable of tracking changes to the network, whether logical or physical.
  • Enables a smooth migration plan to allow the Fiber Mountain Glass Core to co-exist with incumbent network infrastructures.

SDN architecture has already had a profound impact on the IT and Telecom industries and, as this technology continues to grow in popularity, the SDN Excellence Award recognizes the companies that are leading the way in SDN architecture and applications. “Recognizing leaders advancing SDN technologies, TMC is proud to announce Fiber Mountain as a recipient of the 2015 SDN Excellence Award," said Rich Tehrani, CEO, TMC. "The AOS technology has demonstrated innovation and will help shape the face of the quickly evolving industry. It is our pleasure to honor Fiber Mountain for their inspiring work.”

Recognition for orchestration capability is important. There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to achieving things like operational excellence, business continuity capabilities, security and enhanced customers experiences, just to name a few of the requirements for a future-ready data center. The world is going software-defined at an increasing velocity. SDN and all of the innovations that are helping transform the data center are something to keep a close watch on. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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