WorldStream partners with Arista to develop ‘elastic’ connectivity

Created August 22, 2019
Technologies and Products

WorldStream is building an “elastic” virtual network on top of its 10Tbps-plus global backbone with optical technology from Arista Networks. The new platform will be called WorldStream Elastic Network and is expected to be officially launched in Q1 2020.

The new software-defined network being developed by WorldStream’s engineering teams uses the EVPN (Ethernet Virtual Private Network) VXLAN (Virtual Extensible LAN) technology from Arista. The WorldStream Elastic Network (WEN) is intended to bring the company’s global client base “ultimate flexibility” and “tons of added functionality” with regard to their hybrid IT infrastructure deployments and data centre resource allocation, said the provider.

Crucial elements in the design, according to Netherlands-headquartered WorldStream, will include the custom development of the SDN controller – which will act as the “brain” of the software-defined network – and the interconnectivity with WorldStream’s high-volume global backbone. Once ready, WEN will provide organisations worldwide with a high level of control over data centre, network and cybersecurity features locally at the edges of the WorldStream network backbone. It will offer them flexibility over how they architect and securely scale their interconnected, hybrid IT solutions. This includes the flexibility to vary connectivity deployments at the local edges of the network in real-time based on actual demand. For WorldStream’s service provider customer base this will allow the establishment of new on-demand go-to-market business models including pay-per-use cloud hosting service delivery. The software-defined platform will be cloud-enabled and equipped with the ability to connect to multiple top cloud providers through public cloud onramps.

“Arista’s EVPN VXLAN technology will be a key enabling technology for allowing plug-and-play multi-data centre set-ups and twin data centre concepts,” said Tim Vollebregt, network director at WorldStream (pictured). “This will enable our clients to easily create data centre presence at all facilities contained in the WorldStream network backbone, whether our company-owned data centres in the Netherlands or any of the other data centres worldwide where our server and network equipment reside.” He added: “This will significantly reduce capital expenses for our customers when coping with ultimate redundancy requirements such as within healthcare, finance, government and enterprise markets.”

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation