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ADVA Optical Networking Wins Two MEF Excellence Awards

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Ensemble Connector Virtualization Platform and ADVA FSP 150 ProVMe recognized by Third Network Technology Solutions of the Year Panel

ADVA Optical Networking has announced it has won two MEF Excellence Awards. The company was successful in both of the Third Network Technology Solutions Award categories in which it was shortlisted: Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Multi-Vendor Technology Solutions. The NFV accolade went to ADVA Ensemble Connector, the software-only virtualization platform for hosting virtual network functions (VNFs) that has already been deployed in a number of real-world networks. The ADVA FSP 150 ProVMe was a winner in the multi-vendor category for its role in a joint NFV orchestration proof of concept (PoC) conducted with InfoVista, Juniper Networks, Oracle and PCCW Global. The honours were presented at the MEF Excellence Awards Dinner at the Hilton Baltimore as part of the MEF16 global networking conference.

"Winning the MEF16 Excellence Award for NFV highlights the value of our bold virtualization strategy. The panel of expert analysts clearly understands how our Ensemble product suite opens the door to multi-service edge hosting. It creates a compelling business case for virtualized services and makes them accessible to a far wider range of customers," said Prayson Pate, CTO, Ensemble Division, ADVA Optical Networking. "What lifted us above the competing solutions was our strategy to give communication service providers (CSPs) a competitive advantage through software-only NFV solutions. And with a number of companies already leveraging our Ensemble portfolio to provide enterprises with dynamic services built with multi-vendor VNFs, the real-world value of Ensemble Connector is plain to see."

The winning multi-vendor project, Enabling Customer-Premises Cloud-Based Services With Lifecycle Service Orchestration, showcased automated end-to-end provisioning of connectivity and value-added services in a realistic network scenario. It was built on the ADVA FSP 150 ProVMe, an edge computing platform combining multi-layer Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and IP demarcation with an internal server that can host virtual network applications. The ADVA FSP 150 ProVMe empowers CSPs to create, operate and manage VNFs in a simple, open and reliable way. With this latest-generation edge device, the project team was able to break new ground by utilizing NFV to provision application-aware distributed customer premises equipment (CPE)-cloud network services, including SD-WAN, and security services. Shifting workloads from traditional data centres to compute on the CPE improves efficiency of resource utilization and creates opportunities for new network services.

"Accepting this major honour for multi-vendor collaboration means a lot to everyone involved in the NFV orchestration PoC. With our project partners, we've created a highly innovative model-driven concept for lifecycle service orchestration. It's an approach that will enable CSPs to offer their customers network-as-a-service and greatly accelerate time to revenue," commented Ulrich Kohn, director, technical marketing, ADVA Optical Networking. "The win also helps to underline ADVA Optical Networking's commitment to openness and interoperability. Success in two prestigious awards categories provides strong independent confirmation of our recent success, our focus on innovation and our thought leadership. It highlights our position as the industry's NFV powerhouse and validates our mission to drive progress and shape the networks of tomorrow."



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