Software Defined Networks and Transport

netFLEX® Transport SDN

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SDN discussions and materials are primarily focused on Layer 2 and above functionality, but what about transport? Without the transport network none of the Layer 2 and above services and applications would work. So how will transport circuits be installed, rerouted, or removed in the new SDN networks of today and tomorrow?

The netFLEX® platform is, and has always been, a multi-vendor optical transport domain network controller. It learns the network, from the network, via its auto-discovery and auto-inventory processes for DWDM, SONET, MSPP, DCS, and other network devices in real time. This provides the netFLEX® system with the absolute most up to date view of the network and its current configuration. That functionality synchronized with the ability to provision wavelength and TDM circuits from A to Z, across all vendor platforms, allows netFLEX software to be the most versatile multi-vendor optical domain transport controller available today.

Interface Communications & API’s

Currently, netFLEX supports:

  • CLI, OSI, TL1, SNMP, REST/JSON, NETCONF/YANG, MTOSI, CORBA in production,
  • with multiple custom interfaces to other applications – such as Ciena blueplanet, Fujitsu NETSMART, IBM Netcool and Nokia 5620 SAM integrated,
  • and are constantly vigilant for other widely deployed API’s as they become mainstream.