Ampliphae and Iricent Form Partnership to Leverage Advances in Software Defined Networking and Artificial Intelligence

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, February 2017 – Ampliphae, a Belfast-based technology company specialising in cloud network analytics and control, and Iricent, a Dublin-based provider of SDN and NFV-based open networking solutions, applications and services, have announced a partnership aimed at helping Service Providers exploit advances in Software Defined Networking and network-based Artificial Intelligence. The partnership will enable Service Providers to offer new value-added capabilities to their Enterprise customers, enabling them to assert control of their application delivery infrastructure as they move business-critical applications to the cloud. Research firm IDC predicts that by 2018, 36% of the global enterprise application market will be cloud-based, presenting IT managers with unprecedented challenges in managing and controlling the new enterprise application infrastructure. The wide area network is becoming ever-more critical in delivering cloud applications to end users, with the same high levels of performance, availability and security as on-premise applications. From an Enterprise perspective, however, traditional networking services remain too complex, costly and inflexible to effectively support their transition to a cloud-first application delivery model. The Ampliphae/Iricent partnership addresses these challenges by combining the strengths of both companies, creating a compelling offering for Service Providers to give their Enterprise customers deeper insights and more control of cloud adoption across their businesses. Ampliphae uses advanced statistical analysis of network traffic flows, combined with machine learning techniques, to identify, classify and profile all of the cloud applications being used across the Enterprise. Iricent’s OpenDaylight-based SDN solution, APNOS, then uses this information, combined with other network traffic identification techniques, to automate the process of network resource allocation with application-level granularity, ensuring that business-critical cloud services are... read more

Iricent joins the ADVA Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem

We are very excited to join the Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem, the most comprehensive NFV portfolio in the market today. Ensemble Orchestrator is a key component of our MANO as a Service (MaaS) offering which enables customers to accelerate the adoption of NFV by removing operational and technology barriers that sometimes exist. To learn more about MaaS, visit us at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Hall 7 Stand 7F70 from Feb 27th-Mar 2nd 2017 or contact us at info@iricent.com To read the press release from ADVA, visit the link here.... read more

Iricent showcases MANO as a Service (MaaS) at SDN World Congress in October.

The Iricent MANO as a Service (MaaS) high availability, multi-tenant platform enables service providers to rapidly test, demo, trial and go-live with NFV based customer services. This unique proposition addresses the requirements of service providers who want to deploy NFV based services without the up-front investment in the necessary cloud based network management infrastructure and related resources. Aimed at both service providers and equipment providers, the MaaS solution removes the common commercial and resource related barriers to adoption of NFV and facilitates rapid deployment of new services for enterprise customers. Iricent MaaS leverages an existing eco-system of carefully chosen partner platforms to provide a catalog of existing VNFs which have already been on-boarded, in turn reducing the time to market for new services. Typical deployments to date are focussed on vCPE related services and leverage the benefits of packet processing technology such as DPDK on cost effective Intel Atom based platforms to ensure performance and throughput can be guaranteed. Speaking during the recent SDN World Congress in October, Damian Murray from Iricent commented, “over the course of 2015 and early 2016, our discussions with service providers kept coming back to two main concerns, the ability to resource an NFV deployment and the associated commercial risk. We quickly realised that we had the components and capability to address these concerns and are delighted to be able to showcase and demo the platform at this event and to offer it to customers and partners who wish to rapidly test, trial and deploy NFV services in a cost effective manner.” For more information on MANO as a Service and other platforms, visit... read more

Introducing APNOS at SDN World Congress

Having attended the SDN & OpenFlow World Congresses in 2014 and 2015 in Dusseldorf as a visitor, we are delighted to be back, in The Hague this year, as an exhibitor. The Iricent journey as a company founded two years ago, (just in time for SDN & OpenFlow World Congress in 2014) mirrors in many respects the industry developments that are showcased at the congress over recent years. As SDN & NFV move from concepts, use cases and proof of concepts to hardened reality in the form of market ready products and services, we have been on a parallel path. Today at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2016 we have launched our first commercial product: APNOS. Iricent APNOS is an OpenDaylight based application which enables end user enterprises to take advantage of cloud based feature rich networking functionality including network access control, prioritisation and optimisation without having to care about the complexity of the underlying technology or the costs of pre-SDN / NFV solutions. We are especially proud to have achieved the “Powered by OpenDaylight” registration for APNOS.  The “Powered by OpenDaylight ” trademark extends an OpenDaylight Project “seal of approval” to products built on the OpenDaylight platform by maintaining technical standards and by setting expectations for user experience across OpenDaylight-based products. If you’re attending SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2016 we’d be delighted to have you drop by for a chat  – we’re upstairs – Booth... read more

Iricent will be exhibiting at SDN World Congress

SDN World Congress takes place this year in The Hague from 10th-14th October and Iricent will be there in force. We will be exhibiting (Booth 109) and showcasing our SDN and NFV solutions including our MANO as a Service solution for fast adoption of NFV and a sneak preview of our forthcoming APNOS platform which leverages OpenDaylight in a whole new way for service providers and their customers. Feel free to drop by and say hello or contact us on events@iricent.com to set up a meeting. Follow @Iricent on twitter for updates as we go through the week. Hope to see you in the... read more

Iricent at Intel Network Builders Summit in Madrid.

Recently we had the opportunity to join Intel’s network builders program. The program is designed to foster eco-system engagement and technical enablement with a view to accelerating the adoption of NFV and SDN based solutions. As a forum, it’s right up our street and we expect to both contribute and collaborate with many of the participating members as the software networking market evolves. Shortly after joining and during the recent summit in Madrid, we were invited to speak about our motivation for creating a Software Networking focused company and what we think the opportunities are likely to be for network virtualisation including the potential for innovative business models such as our own MANO as a Service proposition and the importance of a collaborative eco-system to this market. To find out more, you can listen to the short interview I gave as part of the Intel Chip Chat series above or follow the Soundcloud link for more. As always, if you have any queries or comments, then feel free to contact us. https://soundcloud.com/intelchipchat-networkinsights/iricent... read more

Iricent speak on the subject of innovation at the recent Research and Innovation Conference and Exhibition

At the recent Research and Innovation Conference, held at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, I spoke about what innovation means to Iricent. What struck me in researching material for the slides is that innovation isn’t really one thing – indeed in writing about The Discipline of Innovation, Peter Drucker put together a list of different types of innovation along with anecdotes describing the different problems / opportunities that they addressed which were quite specific to the industry or the times in which the innovation arose. Considering how just one of those had enough material for Clayton Christensen to write a series of well-known books on disruptive innovation, this illustrates the breath and complexity that needs to be understood to best recognise opportunities to innovate when they arise. And since Drucker’s list was based on a study of how innovation has arisen in the past, who is to say that there aren’t other pathways that we haven’t even uncovered yet? In any case, I’ve attached the presentation here, which will explain the importance of being “innovative in everything you do” – not just in a one-dimensional sense of, say, product innovation – an invention – or marketing innovation – a unique sales campaign. Along the way I will introduce what we are doing in Iricent and how we hope to help our customers tackle the challenge and potential of SDN and NFV. Click here to download the presentation. If you have any questions or would like to know more, please do contact... read more

Ammeon Partners with Iricent to Deliver Management and Orchestration (MANO) Services for Service Providers deploying Virtualised Network Functions

Companies will deploy Management and Orchestration as a Service for EMEA telecommunications service providers 22 February 2016 – Ammeon, a leading systems integrator and delivery partner for cloud and DevOps transformation projects has partnered with Iricent, a leading SDN (Software Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Functions Virtualisation) specialist, to deliver NFV related services including a hosted Management and Orchestration (MANO) service. The Iricent MANO as a Service (MaaS) high availability, multi-tenant platform enables telecommunications service providers to rapidly test, demo, trial and go-live with new customer services requiring only a common PC type device on the customer premises. Everything else including the virtual network functions (VNFs) are deployed, managed, operated and supported from the cloud. The catalogue of virtual network functions (VNF) leverages the wider Iricent eco-system and includes vRouter, vSwitch and vFirewall among others. Commenting on the partnership, Fred Jones, Ammeon CEO, remarked, “MANO as a Services will fundamentally change how network services are delivered at the edge. It is a realization of the promise of virtualizing network functions and the infrastructure management capabilities provided by OpenStack. We are excited to be partnering with Iricent to bring this service to the market. It is an important part of our managed service strategy.” Ger O’Byrne, co-founder and CEO of Iricent, commented, “Networking, like compute and storage before it, is being virtualized and moving to the cloud. Service Providers who want to avail of the opportunities brought about by these developments require new network and cloud infrastructure, cloud deployment services and related know-how. Iricent MaaS is ideally suited to service providers, both wholesale and retail, who want to rapidly deploy... read more