Avaya gives data centres the SDN treatment

  • Will enable enterprises and service providers to turn up cloud-based services in minutes
  • Uses OpenStack to deliver open, multi-resource service orchestration and automation

Avaya gives data centres the SDN treatmentAVAYA has announced its Software-Defined Data Centre (SDDC) framework, which it said was designed to deliver productivity, agility and time-to-service enhancements to businesses operating highly virtualised data centres.
The SDDC framework aims to break down traditional data centre silos that require weeks or months to turn up an application and replace it with a simple five-step process that takes minutes, the company said in a statement.
The Avaya SDDC framework includes an orchestration process that combines, customises and commissions compute, storage and network components. Use of the OpenStack cloud computing platform will allow data centre administrations to deploy virtual machines, assign storage and configure networks through a single graphical user interface.
Avaya Fabric Connect further enhances the OpenStack environment by removing restrictions in traditional Ethernet VLAN / Spanning Tree-based networks to enable a more dynamic, flexible and scalable network services model than exists today, the company claimed.
The Avaya SDDC framework is based on the following components:

  • Avaya Fabric Connect technology as the virtual backbone to interconnect resource pools within and between data centres with increased flexibility and scale;
  • An Avaya OpenStack Horizon-based Management Platform, delivering orchestration for compute (Nova), storage (Cinder/Swift) and network via Avaya Fabric Connect (Neutron); and
  • Open APIs into the Avaya Fabric Connect architecture for ease of integration, customisation and interoperability with other Software-Defined Networking architectures.

Avaya claimed its SDDC framework can ultimately provide the following benefits to businesses:

  • Reduced time-to-service: Cloud services enabled in minutes through a five-step process;
  • Simplified virtual machine mobility: Simple end-point provisioning enables virtual machine mobility within and between geographically dispersed data centres;
  • Multivendor orchestration: Coordinated allocation of data centre resources via a single interface to streamline the deployment of applications;
  • Scale-out connectivity: Services scale to more than 16 million unique services, up from the limitation of 4000 in traditional Ethernet networks;
  • Secure multi-tenancy: Leveraging network, compute and storage layer abstraction and isolation; and
  • Improved network flexibility: Overcomes current VLAN (virtual local area network) challenges to deliver a load-balanced, loop-free network where any logical topology can be built, independent of the physical layout.

Avaya’s Software-Defined Data Center framework is the first phase of its Software-Defined Networking roadmap. Avaya Fabric Connect is available today on a wide range of networking platforms including Virtual Service Platform 9000, Ethernet Routing Switch 8800, Virtual Services Platform 7000 and Virtual Services Platform 4000.
The Avaya Horizon-based Management Platform and open APIs (application programming interfaces) will be generally available next year.
Future initiatives include the extension of Fabric Connect and Orchestration to deliver end-to-end service creation and delivery from data centre to desktop, Avaya said.
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