DCConnect has selected Cumulus Networks to power DCConnect’s Next-Generation Software Defined Network (NG-SDN). Silicon Valley-based Cumulus Networks provides an open source, Linux-based Operating System (OS), Cumulus Linux, for DCConnect’s NG-SDN, which has been made available to customers and carriers throughout Asia.
Leveraging the Cumulus Linux OS and Cumulus NetQ for telemetry-based network visibility, DCConnect has evolved the simple concept of SDN as a network automation tool into a predictive, automated network with meaningful analytic tools. DCConnect focuses on assisting customers and carriers to develop NG-SDN technology in emerging countries, especially in Asia. DCConnect has developed an innovative and comprehensive service portal to provide users with a scalable, agile and flexible solution, allowing users to provision and reconfigure the port locations, bandwidth, route path and cloud connectivity via a virtual portal in a matter of minutes.
DCConnect’s NG-SDN solution focuses on software-to-software control, which is entirely different from the software-to-hardware approach currently employed by most vendors. This merges networking and computing, enabling DCConnect, with the support of Cumulus, to transform networking into a process that is similar to computing. This is accomplished by using the same toolsets that developers are already familiar with, such as making a snapshot of the entire network configuration in a second or virtualizing an entire network in one virtual host to test configuration changes before pushing them on to live production hardware.
The NG-SDN also supports service instances, so service provisioning can be achieved instantly or on a scheduled basis without the constraints to maintain long term contracts and deployments of network capabilities and availability of resources. Proactive monitoring on all end-to-end services is empowered by powerful graphical presentations and other analytical and reporting tools. With the ability to monitor and archive all historical service data, DCConnect’s NG-SDN is able to perform diagnosis and provide recommended actions to users before the user may even be aware that a change must be made.
“In the past, with the traditional vendors, Software Defined Networks have been based on the idea of software controlling hardware,” says Billy Fung, chief technical officer of
DCConnect. “Now with Cumulus’ Linux-based platform deployed within our network, software controls software. This is game-changing technology that will revolutionize the way companies provision and manage their network solutions.”
“Cumulus is excited to partner with DCConnect during this important market transition from a closed and proprietary environment to one that embraces open and standards-based systems,” adds Josh Leslie, CEO of Cumulus Networks. “DCConnect’s NG-SDN enables customers to reach new levels of flexibility, control and scalability by leveraging automation and VXLAN/EVPN to seamlessly connect and provision services across the region in a secure, multi-tenant environment.”