Here's some quick-takes on news from the vendor space this week:
A day after the announcement of Ciena's intent to acquire the company, Cyan reminded everyone of the success it has been having in the SDN and NFV space. Their Blue Orbit ecosystem added seven new members, several of which are very high profile: ADI Engineering, Aria Networks, Brocade, GENBAND, Intel, VMware, and Wind River. That gives them more than twenty vendors working under the same umbrella now, and the gravity keeping them there is a big piece of what Ciena is hoping to get out of the transaction.
Infinera has had some alliance news of its own this week. They have teamed up with Arista Networks for data center interconnection, bringing their Cloud Xpress product together with Arista's SDN switching expertise. It's a natural partnership between transport and network virtualization that will enable both companies to take on more vertically integrated competitors.
Alcatel-Lucent is providing its Rapport communications software to KPN, helping them to consolidate various voice services onto an IMS-powered platform. KPN will also be using it to introduce VoLTE services in its home market in the Netherlands. Nokia recently announced plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent of course, shifting the European vendor landscape significantly.
And just this morning,the ONOS Project, the ONF, Corsa Technology, ESnet, AARNet, and CSIRO announced the deployment of an ONOS-based software-defined peering router. The route sits at AARNet/CSIRO in Sydney, Australia and exchanges some 15,000 routes with ESnet's Vandervecken SDN controller stack in California, with Corsa switches on both sides. One more step toward the carrier-class white box core router?
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