CENX Cortx Service Orchestrator Ushers in The Third Network

September 28, 2014

ChrisCENX, a global leader of Service Orchestration solutions for software-defined networks, today announced that it is collaborating with MEF member companies, Accedian Networks, EXFOand JDSU, for product interoperability, to usher in the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) vision of The Third Network. MEF’s vision of a new network, which marries the ubiquity of the public Internet with the performance and security benefits of private networks, can only be realized with a vendor ecosystem that supports open programmable interfaces for agile service fulfillment and assurance.

“CENX continues to be solidly aligned with MEF initiatives with Cortx Service Orchestrator. We are committed to the realization of The Third Network vision,” said Chris Purdy, CTO of CENX. “Our successful cooperation with Accedian Networks, EXFO and JDSU paves the way to achieving the goal of on-demand, dynamically-upgradeable, quality-assured network services.”

The Third Network vision converges with other industry initiatives: LTE, Cloud, SDN and NFV. This networking transformation brings tremendous revenue and savings opportunities yet introduces complexity to service providers’ operations. CENX’s Cortx Service Orchestrator provides the needed abstraction layer for streamlined services management across network domains and technologies. Using open interfaces, Cortx Service Orchestrator interoperates with a broad industry ecosystem, including leading probe and test vendors, OSS, NMS, SDN Controllers, NFV Orchestrators, and network elements, to initiate actions and mine network big data in real-time. Analytics results are visualized on the Cortx graphical dashboards.

• CENX’s Cortx Service Orchestrator and EXFO’s BrixWorx assurance system are jointly deployed at a mobile Tier 1 service provider for real-time troubleshooting and SLA management in its backhaul network. The BrixWorx system delivers highly scalable and reliable service validation and assurance for IP/Ethernet services, enabling secure, remote deployment and management across the entire network. Cortx Service Orchestrator consumes BrixWorx’s Service Operations, Administration and Maintenance (SOAM) test results for real-time analytics of utilization and performance.
“Leveraging the advanced activation, monitoring and reporting capabilities from EXFO’s service validation and assurance solution, CENX Cortx Service Orchestrator gives the operator complete visibility into every layer of the infrastructure, from transport to advance services, making it simple to segment the network to predict and diagnose faults as well as targeting diagnostic efforts towards specific network areas for faster and more effective intervention,” said Claudio Mazzuca, VP of EXFO’s Service Assurance Division.

• CENX’s Cortx Service Orchestrator has been jointly deployed with JDSU’s EtherAssure Solution in a Tier 1 service provider’s mobile backhaul network for service activation, real-time fault isolation, and performance management. The JDSU EtherAssure solution, combined with PacketPortal JMEP (JDSU’s Micro Ethernet Probe), is a scalable, vendor-agnostic, end-to-end assurance solution for Ethernet services activation and real-time monitoring.

”JDSU EtherAssure, together with CENX Cortx Service Orchestrator, uniquely simplifies and scales Ethernet lifecycle management from order entry, to service activation and performance monitoring,” said Richard Piasentin, VP and GM of JDSU PacketPortal and Ethernet Assurance business.

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