Infinera today announced software-defined networking (SDN) for transport networks used in the long-haul, metro, and data center interconnect (DCI) markets. The new product — Xceed Software Suite — has some pretty sophisticatedSDN features, including the use of containers for “slices” of the transport network.
While SDN is used in various domains, including the data center, on-premises at enterprises, and in telco central offices, Pravin Mahajan, director of product marketing with Infinera, says SDN in metro and long-haul transport networks has lagged innovation in those other domains.
“Transport networks are hard,” says Mahajan. “SDN is about taking the control plane to software in the cloud. But in transport, these control planes are all distributed across the network. You need to coordinate state across all network elements.”
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