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.