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Packet Design Pushing SDN Path Provisioning

June 23, 2017





Digital transformation is driving change across industry, from the data center and conference room to the c-suite and contact center. And, a key component of this evolution is the growing innovation and adoption of software-defined solutions. Maybe Marc Andressen had it right?


This week, Packet Design (News - Alert) says yes with the release of the new Explorer SDN Path Provisioning application. The solution leverages real-time, historical and predictive analytics from the Packet Design Explorer SDN Platform to automate service path computation.

As a result, operators can automatically initiate new services with the knowledge that each service is utilizing the optimal path. Network providers simply sign into the Web interface, and develop a catalog of transport services that includes constraints and characteristics to meet product management requirements.

“Packet Design's control plane analytics are the most powerful in the industry and are uniquely well positioned to facilitate intelligent network automation,” said Matt Sherrod, vice president of product management for Packet Design. “Using these analytics, the new SDN Path Provisioning app can compute and provision the best paths in seconds instead of the days it normally takes. This latest app is another example of what can be achieved with our SDN platform.”

The application comes as a component of Packet Design Explorer Suite version 17.1, which is available today. In addition to the new Explorer SDN Path Provisioning applications, the new version of the Explorer Suite includes easily customizable dashboards and workflows specifically developed to operations teams and network engineers.  

Unique to the Explorer Suite is the capability to view both current and previous paths for specific traffic to aid in troubleshooting network routing issues. Packet Design declares this an industry first.

Only time will tell how long it takes software to finish its feast, but there is no turning back. Software-defined, open networking, virtualization, automation, cloud are several of the areas of innovation driving our digital transformation.

What’s in your network?




Edited by Alicia Young


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