Accedian, the global end-to-end network performance assurance experts, announced that it has partnered with Lanner Electronics Inc., to integrate its fully virtualised SkyLIGHT™ performance assurance platform into Lanner’s x86 network platform.
The combined solution will bring performance assurance and visibility to Lanner’s service provider customers deploying its platforms for universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) applications.
Service providers are accelerating virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) and uCPE rollouts using a mix of centralised, distributed, and hybrid deployment models with their enterprise customers. While bringing greater customer service flexibility and cost savings, service providers also need complete quality of experience (QoE) and quality of service (QoS) visibility to manage service level agreements (SLAs) and identify network problems in their virtualised service deployments.
Accedian’s SkyLIGHT provides Lanner’s x86 uCPE service provider customers with the ability to establish 24×7 network performance visibility for managing SLAs and diagnosing the root cause of performance issues.
“Virtualisation brings cost reduction and greater service agility, but this must not come at the cost of service quality; performance assurance is absolutely vital in creating the maximum value from virtualised services,” said Sven Freudenfeld, director Global Business Development Telecom Applications, Lanner Electronics Inc. “Customers are using our x86 vCPE and uCPE platforms in a variety of deployment models, and Accedian’s virtualised SkyLIGHT platform now allows us to bring virtualised performance assurance capabilities to our customers, while also preserving native diagnostic, troubleshooting, and SLA assurance in their traditional demarcation devices.”
Accedian SkyLIGHT extends virtualised instrumentation layer capabilities and includes service assurance, monitoring of bandwidth usage, service activation testing, and network fault isolation. Thanks to SkyLIGHT’s virtualised platform, service providers running and managing vCPE or uCPE deployments with multiple enterprise customers will be able to monitor network performance regardless of the mix of deployment models, and can manage SkyLIGHT remotely in the same manner as other virtualised network functions.
SkyLIGHT employs NFV performance monitoring (PM) capabilities—both for mesh and hubspoke type of active testing. This dramatically enhances the scalability and pervasiveness of existing one-way performance monitoring, with a hardware-assist option that makes virtual clock synchronisation even more accurate—up to 10 times better than competitors. Additionally, when deploying SkyLIGHT with the Accedian Nano module, it offers features such as integrated MEF CE2.0 demarcation, remote packet capture and bandwidth utilisation monitoring capabilities to the vCPE platform.
“SkyLIGHT has already been adopted by more than a dozen tier one mobile network operators who need our solution to assure their virtualised networks. Enterprise services are also undergoing radical virtualisation and the service providers that support them need performance assurance solutions to match,” said Patrick Ostiguy, CEO, Accedian.
“Our partnership with Lanner will ensure that its many customers that are already building virtualised services, or those that are planning to do so, will have immediate access to the world’s first fully-virtualised network performance assurance solution.”
Accedian’s SkyLIGHT platform has won multiple industry awards from industry bodies and programs including MEF, the Fierce Innovation Awards, and Telecoms.com, marking its place as the leading virtualised platform for network performance assurance. Fifteen of the world’s top 20 operators (including Reliance Jio and Telefonica) use Accedian SkyLIGHT to ensure visibility of their next-generation fixed and mobile networks.