NBN adds Infinera self-healing SDN capabilities to its transit network

NBN Co has adopted Infinera’s Transcend Network Automation software-defined networking offering in a bid to dramatically improve its open-access broadband network.

According to Infinera, its SDN-based dynamic service rerouting capabilities for dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM)-based networks allow network operators to restore customer services by automatically rerouting traffic when faults occur.

For NBN Co, the solution will be deployed across its 60,000-kilometer fiber optic transit network, the backbone network of fiber optic cables that links hubs across Australia to the wider NBN broadband access network that connects homes and businesses.

“This network moves large aggregate volumes of data between locations, delivering capacity to homes and businesses,” said Infinera, noting that the network connects to 121 points of interconnection (POIs) – typically located at telephone exchanges – where phone and internet providers plug their own networks into the NBN Co access network.

It said the reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) technology enhancements introduced on its 7300 Series Multi-Haul Transport Platform will allow NBN Co to increase its network resiliency and reliability by introducing automatic service restoration capabilities across its transit network.

image“The Transcend SDN solution was deployed and integrated with our systems, giving us the capability to increase service availability to some of the most remote locations across Australia,” said NBN Co Chief Network Deployment Officer Kathrine Dyer.

“This will give our network increased resiliency and help ensure that our customers get the best possible experience when migrating to NBN Co’s broadband access network.”

Megaport uses global SD-WAN footprint go underpin hybrid network links to Google Cloud

Megaport has announced support for Google Cloud’s Partner Interconnect, a service enabling customers to privately connect to the Google Cloud Platform from anywhere.

 Google Cloud’s Partner Interconnect is a new product in the internet specialist’s Google Cloud Interconnect range. Last September, Google announced Dedicated Interconnect, a sevice providing higher-speed and lower-cost connectivity than VPN, which is fast becoming the go-to offering used to connect on-premises data centres with the cloud.

With Partner Interconnect, customers can now choose Megaport to provide connectivity from their facility to the nearest Google edge Point of Presence. In addition, they will be able to select from a variety of sub-rate interface speeds varying from 50 Megabits per second to 10 Gigabits per second.

This deeper integration between the Megaport SDN and Google Cloud,  enables ease-of-use and smooth provisioning of network capacity to Google Virtual Private Clouds.

Partner Interconnect is now available across Megaport’s SDN which connects some 200 data centres globally with multiple interconnect points already established.

“Scalable connectivity to Google Cloud Platform ensures that cloud-enabled applications perform to meet mission-critical business requirements,” said Megaport CEO Vincent English. “ We have been working with Google Cloud since our inception and we are excited to grow and evolve our integration to ensure the next generation of business growth.”

NEC Australia extends SD-WAN contract with NSW government

IT solutions provider NEC Australia has been awarded another 12-month contract by the NSW government’s Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) to continue delivering a proof of concept of a fully managed service for a software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN).

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