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IBM opens network tech testing facilities

IBM opens network tech testing facilities

IBM has opened two labs where clients can evaluate and test software-defined networking (SDN), network function virtualization (NFV) and analytics-driven automation in near-real environments.

Tailored for large enterprise networking systems and telecommunications operators, the centers -- one in Dallas and the other in Nice, France, will let clients experiment with solutions that feature resilient, high-performing and continuously available networks. Clients can test technologies from IBM and partners Brocade, Cisco, Citrix, Juniper Networks, Riverbed and VMware.

The Network Innovation Centers will help clients support proof of concepts, validate technologies and demonstrate use cases. Key areas supported by the centers include:

  • IBM supported networking solutions from leading network technology providers in legacy, cloud and hybrid IT environments.
  • Integration of legacy and SDN-NFV based networking environments.
  • Use of analytics for proactive network operations.
  • Demonstration of networking functions on an open multivendor cloud environment.
  • Validation of hybrid solutions through provisioning of network functions and users in the IBM SoftLayer Cloud.
  • Demonstration of how enterprise workloads interact with the new carrier network technologies being deployed.

The centers' resources can be accessed on site or remotely, IBM said, and clients can bridge the capabilities of the two centers simultaneously to design solutions to meet the specific needs of the environments.

Posted by GCN Staff on Apr 03, 2015 at 8:21 AM


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