Vendor Roundup: Ciena, Nokia, Ribbon, Stateless

March 11th, 2020 by · Leave a Comment

A few items from vendors of all stripes from midweek:

Ciena has won another convert to its Blue Planet software platform. The Brazilian network operator Eletronet has deployed Blue Planet’s Route Optimization and Analysis capabilities to help manage its IP backbone. The solution works with third party routers and improves their network failure response rate by 95%. Eletronet’s network spans some 16,000 route kilometers and hooks up 164 PoPs.

Nokia has picked up an optical transport win over in Japan. Rakuten Mobile is using Nokia’s 1830 Photonic Service Switch to power its 5G cloud-native mobile network. The optical network touches all 47 of Japan’s prefectures, providing backhaul and data center interconnect. The deployment is an expansion of the existing relationship between the two companies, under which Nokia will be operating Rakuten Mobile’s virtualized core network.

Fresh off closing its purchase of ECI, Ribbon Communications has picked up a customer back in its more traditional turf. The hosted VoIP provider RazorLine is using Ribbon’s Session Border Controller software for PSTN voice connectivity to Microsoft Teams users. Eastwind Communications facilitated the deployment. RazorLine has also deployed Ribbon’s Application Server as part of its offering.

And Stateless, Inc. has integrated its Luxon software-defined IX platform with Intel’s Barefoot Tofino. The combination of Stateless’ platofrm and the P4-programable switch ASIC brings dynamic network programmability beyond that provided by NFV, leveraging a microservice network function infrastructure for things like routing and encryption. Stateless hopes that its platform catches on with switch vendors looking to serve the automation needs of automated multi-cloud on-ramps and such.

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