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Talk the Talk, Walk the Walk

The Cisco ASR and MX platforms are some of the most widely deployed data center and router hardware platforms in the industry, which is reason enough. But beyond that and more important to us, is the fact that customers have been asking us to integrate these platforms into Blue Planet. That says something important to us about the current state of WAN SDN offerings from legacy vendors, specifically that they aren’t capable of providing Blue Planet-like functionality and customers know it.

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Quantifying The Value of Faster

One of the practical rebuttals against carrier SDN is that most customers will not pay materially more for dynamically provisioned services or dynamically increased service capacity. This is true if there’s no perceived difference in cost or value. But the cloud services market has already proven and established that dynamic, pay-as-you-go infrastructure can be very valuable and lucrative as a business model when it replaces a model that was less efficient and cost effective.

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The Future of Internet 2014: Defining Software Defined Networks

There’s a real-consensus building over what needs to happen to drive service provider network transformation. It’s not a question of what, but when and this is evidenced by the massive number of trials and PoCs going on now to validate and test network virtualization and automation technologies.

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Cyan Launches Planet Orchestrate: One Small Step for Man, One Giant Leap for Network Operators

The concept of common off the shelf (COTS) compute that can be placed anywhere (central Data Center, PoP, CO or customer premise) provides an opportunity for service providers. Software-based control of COTS infrastructure can reduce costs, add value to existing services, and assist service providers with reducing the commoditization of network services. How? Well, by now, we’re all familiar with the concept of Software-defined networking (SDN).

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The Rise of NFV-Enabled Ethernet

In the past, we’ve spent some time explaining what we believe is the first great use case for carrier SDN. Well, let’s continue that discussion with the first great use case for NFV. Driven by global customer interest and the multi-domain orchestration capability of Cyan’s Blue Planet, we’re proud to introduce the concept of NFV-enabled Ethernet. And we believe it’s critical to the future growth of service provider revenue streams on existing network services.

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Last Week’s SDN and OpenFlow APAC Congress

SDN has come a long way in a very short time. We are seeing amazing innovation and beginning to see real deployments. Pacnet, KVH and Tencent are great proof points of companies using SDN deliver services and build networks that would otherwise be impossible.

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APIs, Awards, and Collaborations

Blue Planet was recognized as the “SDN Technology of the Year” at the Informa Network Virtualization and SDN World Conference in London.

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KVH's New SDN-enabled Ethernet Service: etherXEN

If you listen to the pundits and incumbent hardware vendors, they will tell you that SDN and it’s use in the network is years away, because “the network is too complex to virtualize or orchestrate.” KVH has proven otherwise.

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An Orchestration Primer for Network Operators

Orchestration is about leveraging a dynamic and distributed network and resource fabric to deliver services, connectivity, and applications to users, on-demand, and tailored to the scale specified. Orchestration brings together service-provider, cloud infrastructure and end-users together – in concert.

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Is Carrier Ethernet Enough When Flying Through Clouds?

We know that Carrier Ethernet delivers both high-performance connectivity across the WAN and scalable, standardized, highly-reliable services with QoS and service management. As a result, Carrier Ethernet is the service of choice for many applications including enterprise business connectivity, content distribution, video, wireless backhaul, financial services, and more. But, as the network transforms to meet the world of mega data centers and cloud services, a question comes to mind. Is Carrier Ethernet enough?

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