ADVA launches hypervisor to bring SDN to optical layer

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ADVA Optical Networking has launched its FSP Network Hypervisor, which the company says is a key component in the drive to extend SDN into the optical layer.

The FSP Network Hypervisor has been specifically developed to help migrate legacy networks to cloud-optimized infrastructures and help service providers automate service discovery and service activation.

The hypervisor acts as a domain controller for the optical layer, creating an abstracted view of the underlying physical infrastructure helping to decouple the complexities of managing photonic transmission systems while enabling greater network automation and optimization.

ADVA says the hypervisor has been engineered to work with all open source and commercial SDN controllers.

With this software, service providers can move away from static networks to far more automated and responsive cloud architectures. The ADVA FSP Network Hypervisor essentially assists service providers with topology discovery and abstraction, connectivity management, path computation and notifications. This in turn leads to self-provisioned services, automated resiliency and optimized resource utilization.

These are critical features for any CSP or ICP seeking real-time cloud connectivity and multi-layer network optimization, especially for SDN/NFV-centric network architectures, such as the central office re-architected as a data center, said Christoph Glingener, CTO and COO of ADVA.

“At its core, it’s all about reducing complexity and helping CSPs and ICPs to be far more responsive to their networks’ needs,” said Glingener. “It enables real-time response to load changes, automatically reacts to network failures and ensures the most effective path computation. These are things that today’s static networks simply can’t do. CSPs can now achieve in minutes what formerly took hours or even days.”

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