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Telstra enhances PEN SDN platform with exchange and marketplace capabilities
Announced Date: 1/19/2016 Published Date: 1/21/2016

Telstra of Australia has announced two enhancements for its global software defined networking (SDN) solution, the Telstra PEN Platform, with the introduction of PEN Exchange and PEN Marketplace.

The new capabilities for the PEN platform are as follows:

  1. PEN Exchange allows organisations to identify and connect their network circuits on-demand with other PEN customers and is designed to enable faster, simpler and more secure digital partnerships.

  2. PEN Marketplace is a simple online portal that allows organisations to instantly order virtual network functions such as firewalls and routers on-demand and from their preferred vendor.

The company noted that the two new enhancements are designed to meet customer demand for secure, high bandwidth on-demand connectivity and leverage the expansion of the Telstra PEN Platform to the optical layer across 26 PEN points of presence (PoPs) in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America last year. The PEN platform also offers connectivity options to public cloud services.

Telstra announced in May 2015 that it had extended its SDN platform into the optical layer, enabling high-bandwidth provisioning up to 100 Gbit/s and automated fault restoration across its global PoPs. Extension of SDN and network functions virtualisation (NFV) capabilities into Layer 1 followed the earlier announcement that Telstra had added nine PEN PoPs to the existing footprint of 16 PoPs across Asia.

Telstra acquired the 16-PoP PEN Asian network via the purchase of Pacnet in April last year under an agreement originally announced in December 2014.

In March 2015, Infinera announced that Pacnet had deployed its Open Transport Switch (OTS) software to extend network virtualisation into the optical layer. Pacnet deployed Infinera's OTS within its SDN platform, Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN), across its 100 Gbit/s-enabled trans-Pacific and regional intra-Asia submarine network.