Delaware-based SevOne may be best recognized for its network performance management solutions, but the company also frequently partners with relevant companies, verticals and utilities in order to provide them with support and integration with its unprecedented solutions. Take the Russian election system for one. After transitioning to a democracy in the last decade, Russia has commonly been pegged for election fraud, and as the 2012 presidential election approached this past March, the Russian government authorized and funded the installation of 200,000 cameras to 90,000 polling stations to validate its election process. That’s where SevOne came in.
To assist Rostelecom (News - Alert), Russia’s long-distance telephony provider, SevOne deployed virtualized machine (VM) versions of its network performance management solution at each data center. Rostelecom was tasked with deploying the network and server infrastructure necessary to capture the 400,000 gigabytes of live streaming video, route each camera’s output to one of seven central data centers, and make any video available for viewing by any interested party, including Internet users of an election portal, according to the company.
The assistance of SevOne’s network performance management solution not only provided total visibility for border and internal data center routers, as well as traffic flow collection across several hundred interfaces, but the flow collection enabled Rostelecom to get deeper insight into actual camera connections and the quality of the streaming service in terms of bandwidth for the “last mile,” provided by third-party regional telecom companies.
“We are very honored and proud to have been a part of groundbreaking effort with Rostelecom, which could change how elections are conducted worldwide,” stated Mike Phelan, CEO of SevOne. “Deploying SevOne for this highly visible project in less than a week speaks volumes about faster time-to-value, and the breadth and scale of our network performance management solution. We believe there are many other scenarios where large amounts of information must be collected and delivered in real-time, and SevOne has unequivocally proven that we can be an integral element of the solution.”
SevOne’s network performance management solution is faster, more scalable and easier to customize than competing solutions. SevOne can scale to monitor more than one million managed elements – including those stemming from firewalls, routers, servers and switches– anywhere on the network. Needless to say, SevOne is capable of growing alongside any network.
According to SevOne, through its partnership with Rostelecom, more than 3.5 million hits took place on the election video portal. Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) representative Tadeusz Iwinski called the use of webcams at Russian polling stations, “a global scale phenomenon.” As noted in the Wall Street Journal’s Emerging Europe blog, Vladimir Churov, Chairman of the Central Election Commission of Russia, even suggested that the Web-monitoring system should be used for the upcoming U.S. presidential election this November.
Edited by Juliana Kenny