NEC has flagged the successful completion of a Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) trial with the University of Kuala Lumpur (UniKL) in Malaysia.

The project, funded by  Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, aims to boost cybersecurity resilience among ASEAN Member States.

The trial began in September 2018 using the WAN infrastructure in UniKL as the testbed.
NEC said it showed that implementing its open source-based SD-WAN Security Common Platform in the university’s WAN allowed the network management and control to be completely centralized. “It also allows the institution to manage its existing network equipment from multiple providers from a single SD-WAN controller,” the firm added.

Following the successful trial, NEC Malaysia has won a contract to deliver OpenMSA, an open network orchestration framework for the UniKL-NEC SDx Center of Excellence, which was officially inaugurated by UniKL today.

The center was established to foster Malaysian network engineering talents and spearhead its research on the latest networking technologies, including Software-Defined Networking, Internet of Things and 5G mobile communications.

“Moving forward, we will launch the new open source-based SD-WAN Security Common Platform globally to help organizations transform the way they operate and manage their networks,” said NEC Global Platform Division SDN/NFV Technology Expert Masanori  Tsujikawa.

VMware to snap up Dell EMC Service Assurance portfolio to speed up 5G readiness for CSPs

VMware has announced a definitive agreement to acquire the technology and team of Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite, including software focusing on network health, performance monitoring and root cause analysis for communications service providers and their customers.

VMware said adding Dell’s EMC Service Assurance Suite tech to its Telco NFV portfolio allowed it to offer CSPs the ability to ensure operational reliability in their core network, cloud, and IT domains across both physical and virtual infrastructure. This, it said, enabled them to bring competitive new services online faster.

As customers bridge current services from 4G to 5G, service assurance becomes critical. The Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite provides automated capabilities to operators via accurate root cause analysis management. VMware, a leader in network functions virtualisation (NFV) infrastructure, will leverage the Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite to help customers accelerate their virtual network function deployments with end-to-end service assurance once the deal closes.

“As carriers are readying for 5G, they are increasingly virtualising edge and core networks with network functions virtualisation, or NFV. Service assurance is a critical need for any network,” said Shekar Ayyar, executive vice president, Strategy and Corporate Development and General Manager Telco NFV Group, VMware. “The Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite’s established software and services capabilities, combined with VMware’s trademark innovation, will empower CSPs to modernise and accelerate the transformation of their networks through NFV upon closing,”

“The Dell EMC Service Assurance Suite team is primed to accelerate our NFV business and help drive it forward with unprecedented service assurance,” said Ayyar.


Nutanix notes 74% AHV hypervisor adoption by US federal gov’t customers in 2017

Nutanix has flagged record adoption of its AHV hypervisor within the federal  US government vertical in calendar 2017, with 74% of all Nutanix Enterprise Cloud OS nodes sold to federal agencies last year taking up the offering.

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