NTT Communications launches software-defined network

world’s largest software-defined wide area network

Japan’s national telecommunications company NTT has launched what it claims is the world’s largest software-defined wide area network, spanning more than 190 countries.

NTT Communications says the development is a “critical industry milestone” which means the carrier is now the world’s first provider to deploy a global 100 per cent software defined network enabling overlay SD-WAN services.

NTT says its SD-WAN platform is based on a groundbreaking architecture that is locally distributed around the world via more than 75 local cloud centres, optimised for network, mobility, and security services.

NTT adds that its SD-WAN real-time streaming network analytics offers CIOs and their IT staff “deep insight” into application performance, network security, and the end-user experience.

The platform also supports the delivery of services from customer premises equipment located at customer branch offices.

Shuichi Sasakura, senior vice president network services of NTT Com, says: “Digital transformation is at the heart of every modern enterprise today, fundamentally changing companies’ business models.

“The global NTT SD-WAN Service Portfolio is an end-to-end solution that provides organisations with a highly flexible and agile network that is fully tailored to their specific requirements and enables them to better compete in today’s digital economy.”

NTT is utilising the software defined technology and platform it acquired through the acquisition of Virtela in 2014.

Virtela was offering software defined network services to enterprises for over 12 years at the time of acquisition.

NTT and Virtela are now promoting their software defined everything plus management concept, or “SDx + M”, as they like to call it.

Ron Haigh, president of Virtela, NTT Com’s global enterprise network business unit, says: “NTT SD-WAN Service Portfolio is backed by our employees’ unmatched passion for customer support.

“NTT Com would like to thank our customers, partners, and employees for helping us achieve this software defined networking industry milestone.”

Rob Lopez, group executive networking, Dimension Data, an NTT Group Company, says: “We’ve leveraged NTT Com services as part of Dimension Data’s Managed Hybrid WAN solution for numerous customers with great success.

“We’re excited by the enhancements that NTT Com has made to its SD-WAN portfolio, and we look forward to working together to bolster the value we offer our joint customers.”

Marv Mouchawar, president, strategic business Units, NTT Data, an NTT Group Company, says: “CIOs are increasingly interested in software defined networking technology. NTT DATA is a frontrunner in offering innovative solutions and is looking forward to helping clients take advantage of NTT’s SD-WAN Service Portfolio.”

NTT is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world, estimated to be in the top five in revenue terms, after companies such as AT&T, Verizon, and China Mobile.