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June 19, 2014

Telecom Italia testing Juniper’s SDN products

The Italian firm ‘successfully’ completes the first phase of testing.

By Amy-Jo Crowley

Telecom Italia has upgraded its point of presence (PoP) infrastructure with Juniper Network’s MX Series 3D Universal Edge routers after trialling the networking firm’s software defined networking (SDN) controller.

The routers will act as a service hub and will also be deployed as a universal SDN gateway to connect physical and virtual networks.

The telecoms firm, which has 118 million customers in Brazil and Italy, started integrating Juniper’s Contrail and NFV controller with OpenStack and SRX Firefly products in 2013.

Paolo Fasano, manager of transport and data networks of Telecom Italia, told CBR the first phase of using Juniper’s network was successful.

"The integration and demonstration of some use cases was successful,. For example, a user changing the profile in terms of policy, changing the chain in terms of different security levels."

He added there would be some challenges in the second phase of the trial.

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"To be successful in the multivendor environment, to be fully scalable not only in the low layer of the network, but also in the interaction with the control layer and OS layer in our network.

"It means we will need to have a number of communications for setting up everything in the network in order that it works properly and that should scale to the numbers of our customers of our flows of our applications we have into the network."

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