Iricent Launches Managed SD-WAN Services

Iricent recently launched a cloud based Managed SD-WAN Service targeted at Service Providers who wish to have access to a white label services platform. Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) is a specific software-defined networking (SDN) technology use case applied to WAN connections which is rapidly gaining interest and seeing increased adoption in enterprise networks as it offers many advantages over traditional, fixed Wide Area Networks. SD-WAN architecture uses SDN principles to separate the data plane from the control plane in the WAN. It abstracts the underlying transport networks (MPLS, broadband internet, wireless, satellite) and shifts control intelligence from customer premises equipment (CPE) or edge devices to a centralized controller and in turn delivers many benefits including: All-in-one solution (WAN optimization, policy based control, application prioritisation, …) Lower cost for VPNs Access flexibility and redundancy Works over a variety of media (MPLS, Broadband Internet, LTE, satellite) Dynamic path selection and load sharing across WAN connections Simplifies the branch network making it easier to manage with increased network agility ZTP – Zero Touch Provisioning For service providers, SD WAN provides a unique opportunity to broaden the existing service offerings independently of existing reach and without the need for additional. Barriers to entry for new SD WAN services are significantly lower as SD WAN is an OTT offering and a service provider can offer customised SD WAN services that are tailored to specific use cases such as real time traffic or are further enhanced with cost effective WAN Optimisation for example. Iricent SD WAN At Iricent, our platforms are designed and delivered to allow providers to offer SD WAN services as cost effectively as possible... read more

Iricent at Mobile World Congress 2018

  Less than one week to go now to MWC 2018 in Barcelona and along with catching up with customers, partners and even friends, we’re looking forward to catching up with all that’s new in the telecoms world. Expect to hear lots of 5G announcements and plently of IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning details over the week from 26th February – 1St March, all of which we expect will drive an even more accelerated rate of innovation across all walks of industry and life in general over the coming years. Of course central to all of this, and to the congress itself, is the network and at Iricent that’s the part that we are mostly interested in. Over the course of next week, we will be particularly interested to learn about new network developments being introduced both in relation to platforms and services, almost all of which take advantage of the increasing adoption of both SDN and NFV technologies as these become increasingly central to network and services deployments. Both SDN and NFV are central to what we do and to the products and services we offer and provide to customers. Both are also complex technologies and require a new way of doing things but both provide real and quantifiable benefits to service provider and enterprise networks when taken full advantage of. If you would like to meet up in Barcelona to find out more about what we do and how we can help or if you could just like to chat about the developments mentioned above, drop us a line at events@iricent.com or contact us at the... read more

Iricent SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Training Services

Iricent SDN/NFV/SD-WAN Training Services Iricent is pleased to announce that following demand from customers and partners we now offer tailored training programmes addressing state of the art SDN, NFV and SD-WAN topics. The courses delivered to date have been very well received with plenty of positive feedback including the following from Alan Brennan, Head of Presales at Adaptive Mobile: “As a Security company migrating its products to full NFV compliancy, we reached out to Iricent to help guide us on this journey. Their command of this new orchestrated world and ability to synthesize the material for a technical audience was very impressive. I would have no hesitation in recommending Iricent to anyone seeking training or consultancy in the NFV/SDN domain.” Aimed at Network Engineering, Pre-Sales, Product Management as well as Sales personnel, course content, timing and durations are tailored to individual customer requirements. Topics covered include: Evolution of Networking Software Defined Networking (SDN) Virtualisation and Cloud Computing Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) architecture Cloud and Model Driven Orchestration NFV models, Descriptors and APIs SD-WAN Our customised training sessions also include practical demos of key SDN, NFV and SD-WAN functionality such as MANO (Management and Orchestration) using Iricent’s Managed NFV and Managed SD-WAN platforms as well as examples of SDN, NFV and SD-WAN implementations and case studies. To get more information on Iricent’s SDN/NFV/SD-WAN training services and learn how this can benefit your move to NFV and SDN, contact us at info@iricent.com.    ... read more

Iricent joins Lumina Networks channel partner program

We are delighted to announce that Iricent has joined the Lumina Networks channel partner program as an authorised Systems Integrator. The Lumina SDN Controller is powered by OpenDaylight, the most widely deployed SDN Controller platform. As well as being able to deploy Iricent APNOS (our SDN application which enables end user enterprises to take advantage of cloud based feature rich networking functionality including network access control, prioritisation and optimisation) on the Lumina SDN Controller, we can also support customers across Europe with SDN application development and implementation and network automation projects. Working with Lumina we can enable the deployment of a range of SDN application use cases including SD-LAN, SD-Access and NFV based uCPE Zero Touch roll-outs. To learn more about how Iricent can support Lumina SDN Controller based application deployments meet us at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from Feb 26th-Mar 1st. 2018 or contact us at info@iricent.com.... read more

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