Australian telco Telstra has announced the launch of its first software-defined networking products for customers in Australia, developed in collaboration with Cisco and designed to allow businesses to instantly deploy and configure services over its networks.
The new software-defined solutions have been developed through a recently established partnership with Cisco and deliver a platform and products that employ software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV) to help transform the customer experience and enhance the way cloud, network and managed services are deployed and consumed.
The first product to be introduced by Telstra will be Internet VPN, which is scheduled to be available later in March. The service, configurable via Telstra's online portal, will allow business customers to connect multiple sites and connect mobile workers to office networks over secure, encrypted links on the public Internet.
The second product, which is available now in beta, is Cloud Gateway Protection, a virtual security appliance designed to be deployed and configured in minutes in the cloud to provide protection for Internet access, cloud services and Next IP networks.
Telstra will also launch a SDN-enabled Data Centre Interconnect offering later in the year as part of the new portfolio, extending its existing PEN global data centre interconnect SDN product. The addition of Australian PoPs to the PEN solution will enable businesses to quickly set up point-to-point links between domestic and global data centres, configure them dynamically, and select from a range of pay-as-you-go, flexible contract terms.
Telstra noted that in the future, the platform where these new products are housed will become the central marketplace for its virtualised managed services.
Recently, Cisco announced that Telstra had become the first carrier in Australia to introduce a software-driven orchestrated assurance solution for enterprise and business customers based on the Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), enabled by Tail-f, to enable automation of both provisioning and assurance of IP networks and services.
The deployment was designed to enable Telstra to provide its customers with enhanced services by using the Cisco solution to speed service delivery and new service introductions and changes.
In 2015, Telstra and Cisco announced plans to extend a strategic collaboration to provide Telstra's domestic and global business customers with a unified, on-demand suite of cloud and managed network services based on Cisco's Evolved Services Platform (ESP).