InfoVista collaborates with BT to explore Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
PARIS, France and HERNDON, Virginia – July 3rd, 2014 – InfoVista, the global leader of network performance orchestration software solutions, today announced a research collaboration with BT to examine Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).
BT’s internationally recognized Adastral Park campus collaborates with counterparts from InfoVista to examine the potential of the company’s Ipanema virtual ip|engines. The objective is to demonstrate the ability of Ipanema, InfoVista’s Application Performance Guarantee solution’ to provide virtualized WAN optimization and application performance functionality, removing the need for distributed network devices.
The initial focus of the research has been on key areas of application performance management such as: connectivity, Quality of Service (QoS), acceleration, and reporting. Dr Tim Whitley, MD of Research & Innovation for BT said: “NFV has real potential as a technology, which is why we have a wider program in place to determine exactly which network functions can be virtualized. Effectively managing and controlling application performance remains absolutely critical to BT’s enterprise customers, so we welcome the opportunity to explore the future uses of Ipanema’s virtual ip|engines from InfoVista.”
InfoVista commented: “We appreciate that the nature of networks and the methods of computing are changing rapidly. Virtualizing our technology has the potential to deliver numerous benefits to our customers, including: reduced expense, quicker deployment, reduced power consumption, hardware independence, and even greater scalability. We are delighted to be working with BT on this research project.”
BT and InfoVista have an existing commercial relationship that sees Ipanema’s ip|engine devices deployed in BT customer branch and data center locations. This managed service, branded BT Connect Optimisation, underpins BT Global Services’ Application Performance Management service offer. By working closely together, the two companies enable BT’s enterprise customers to guarantee the performance of their critical IT applications (such as ERP, CRM and Unified Communications applications). Ultimately this approach ensures applications perform as needed, which significantly improves business productivity and the end-user experience.
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BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.