ECI, a global provider of ELASTIC Network solutions, for service providers, critical infrastructures, and data centre operators, recently showcase new Neptune packet capabilities at MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress in Paris at the end of March. These capabilities are particularly important to the future evolution of metro networks, the company stated.
Jimmy Mizrahi, EVP of Global Portfolio, said, “The growth of traffic in the metro already outpaces that of the network core. Businesses are moving from legacy services to Gigabit Ethernet, 10GE and beyond. “Long term, Metro solutions will require additional agility to keep up with the growth of data, as 100GE interfaces permeate the Metro Edge. To support this evolution, Metro Edge networks will require a refresh in order to provide more intelligent, open aggregation of Layer 2 and Layer 3 services.”
He continued, “ECI’s Neptune family of packet solutions enable service providers to meet these evolving service needs. The Neptune (NPT) 1800 provides 100GE to the service edge with all the layer 3 capabilities required to efficiently support L2 and L3 services. An embedded NFVI blade gives service providers the agility to rapidly support new services and capabilities such as vSR, firewalls etc. In total, the Neptune portfolio has been architected to scale efficiently with in-service expansion units and an optical extension shelf is available where OTN and ROADM are required.”
ECI demonstrated Neptune’s capabilities successfully in the Interoperability Showcase organised by EANTC (European Advanced Networking Test Centre). Interoperability is in line with ECI’s ELASTIC Network Strategy which seeks to provide open, vendor agnostic and secure tailored solutions, which are flexible enough to adapt as needs change.
Every year, vendors meet at the interoperability showcase to participate in a variety of tests and schemes dedicated to attest to the interoperability of networking solutions. This year ECI participated in tests that best highlighted this openness and interoperability, namely the Remote Loop Free Alternative Fast Reroute (LFA FRR) test and device configuration via NETCONF/YANG.
At the Paris conference, ECI’s solutions were displayed at EANTC’s interoperability showcase. Also, ECI’s Jonathan Homa, Director of Portfolio Marketing, gave a presentation on ”Orchestrating Security Services in a vCPE Architecture”, and Sarit Tager, VP R&D SDN, LSO & APPS spoke on “MEF’s Open Initiative: From Specification to Implementation”.