Overture Networks (News - Alert) recently unveiled two components of its Ensemble OSA, first Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO) and second Ensemble Network Controller (ENC), two important pieces of its software-defined services. Targeted towards service providers, these two components use open APIs for deployment into any existing architecture, which will help providers offer new revenue-generating and attractive services.
What does this mean, exactly, for service providers? If a service provider wants to offer a trial of managed enterprise services devoid of costly hardware investments, they now have the ability to do so.
“The automation and virtualization challenges at the metro service edge differ greatly from those in the data center, which led us to create a true carrier-class orchestration and control solution specifically focused on the part of the network where services are actually delivered,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture in a press statement. “Service providers need to be able to automate and orchestrate the complete service lifecycle across both the virtual and physical metro edge domains. We have been extremely pleased with the response that Ensemble OSA continues to receive from our service provider customers.”
This highlights how the market is shifting toward global network services. With traditional network providers, choices are limited. Service providers can expand their scope of services, and enterprises can take advantage of SDN technologies to avoid separate IT infrastructures.
With a race toward cloud environments, there are key players whose services offer managed cloud services so that distributed enterprises can avoid downtime and run more applications, all for better service delivery and better response times.
Global network services have been around for decades in one form or another, but in lean economic times, they always seem to generate more interest. From infrastructure to applications, network services offer the ability to manage ongoing, routine operational, and systems work to special projects, leaving your staff free to work on mission critical business issues.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson