|[March 11, 2013]
Overture Introduces Ensemble OSA™, the Industry's First Open Architecture for Software-Defined Services at the Metro Edge
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. --(Business Wire)--
innovating at the metro edge for service providers and network operators
worldwide, today unveiled its Ensemble Open Service Architecture (Ensemble
OSA™). A response to service providers' need to reduce costs,
protect and grow new revenue, and improve customer experience, Ensemble
OSA embraces an open ecosystem along with the principles of
software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization
(NFV) to transform static, labor-intensive networks into dynamic,
virtualized, and automated environments for service creation and
"Service providers view the metro edge as a dilemma - it is the location
for revenue-bearing service delivery, it represents an opportunity for
network optimization, and yet at the same time presents the greatest
operational challenges. To become agile, efficient, and
application-aware, we believe networks of the future will be defined by
open orchestration, software control, and management," stated Michael
Howard, co-founder and principal analyst, Infonetics (News - Alert) Research. "Service
providers will want to evaluate Ensemble OSA, since it
demonstrates Overture is listening to the challenges that their Carrier
Ethernet customers face."
Operational expenses can account for up to 85 percent of a service
provider's budget. As such, improvements in operating efficiency have a
dramatic effect on the bottom line. Today's complex environment consists
of multiple proprietary management systems, manually intensive
processes, a multi-vendor equipment network, and multiple service
provider interconnections. Ensemble OSA minimizes operational
complexities and inefficiencies by simplifying and automating essential
tasks in service creation, activation, and assurance.
To remain competitive, today's service providers must move from simply
selling bandwidth to offering intelligent and dynamic
application-focused services. Ensemble OSA unifies connect,
compute, and storage resources to enable a new generation of on-demand,
application-aware services. This new architecture radically accelerates
the innovation cycle, shortening service delivery and assurance times
from weeks and months to hours and days.
"Ensemble OSA is a game-changer for our customers," said Mike
Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. "Service providers do not have a
demand problem - they have a revenue and cost problem. They are working
to transform their bandwidth business into one focused on the customer
application experience while dramatically driving down the cost of
managing their infrastructure. With Ensemble OSA, we are helping
service providers achieve both objectives by bringing the proven
benefits of the cloud to the metro edge."
As an active member of the Open
Networking Foundation (ONF), MEF,
NFV project, Overture has engineered Ensemble OSA using open
API standards, including OpenFlow,
to support straightforward integration into both existing network
infrastructures and the evolving communications ecosystem.
Ensemble OSA is comprised of three layers, each of which may
include Overture developed components and those developed by service
providers or third party vendors.
Resources - Elements that provide connect, compute, and storage
functionality. They may consist of physical devices such as switches,
servers and storage arrays, and/or software functions running on
Orchestration and Control - Software building block functions
for data plane control, resource abstraction, and network management
that provide the glue connecting the resources to the applications.
Network Applications - Software packages that leverage one or
more of the Orchestration and Control building blocks and tie into a
service provider's back office systems and that of their business
partners to create a service or network function.
Communication among layers takes place across standards-based and open
application programming interfaces (APIs).
Overture began developing Ensemble OSA in 2012, culminating in a
proof-of-concept demonstration. In 2013, Overture is engaged in
real-world projects with select customers, building out ecosystem
partnerships, and integrating the APIs into the initial set of Ensemble-powered
Overture equipment. The solution will be productized, integrated with
third-party applications and devices, and available to the general
market in 2014.
For more information on Ensemble OSA, please visit the
website here. For information about Overture, please visit www.overturenetworks.com
or follow @OvertureNews
About Overture Networks (News - Alert)
Overture is the preferred provider of Carrier Ethernet solutions for the
metro edge. Known for innovative solutions that enable high-capacity
Ethernet services over any media including fiber, copper and TDM,
Overture has extended its commitment to innovation with Ensemble OSA™.
Ensemble OSA is the industry's first open architecture that
brings the benefits of the cloud, Software Defined Networking (SDN),
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and open innovation to the metro
edge. By leveraging Overture's Carrier Ethernet expertise and this new
open architecture for software-defined services, network operators and
service providers worldwide can maximize operational efficiencies and
introduce new revenue-generating services on a scale never before
Overture is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with sales
offices around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.overturenetworks.com.
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