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NFV Essentials Week in Review: ECI, KEMP, Reliance Jio

September 17, 2016

Application delivery controllers have become an important product category in networking. Indeed, mentions of ADCs have arisen again and again in our recent coverage.

As NFV Essentials reported this week, KEMP Technologies recently came out with the KEMP 360 Cloud, a subscription-based service that ensures the smooth migration of applications to public and private cloud environments.

“Application delivery in the cloud requires a dramatically different solution that is optimized for performance, scale, effective management and cost,” said Jason Dover, director of product line management at KEMP.

Meanwhile, Frank Yue, director of application delivery solutions at Radware, in the June issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine wrote about application delivery technologies, which he said are critical to enabling the flexibility of virtualized networks because they enable agility and elasticity through the abstraction of the application servers and physical location of the services

And Jim Machi, senior vice president of product management and marketing at Dialogic Inc., in the April issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY noted that building large-scale and highly-reliable applications was a challenge that the web application world solved with application delivery controllers, which were essentially intelligent load balancers for web, database, and other network-based traffic. But he said ADCs deployed in a real-time telecom software-based infrastructure environments will require specialization due to the poor handling of RTC protocols, no support for WebRTC, and SIP support issues including the ability to intelligently handle layer 5/6 traffic and SIP 3xx and 4xx messages found in some current ADCs.

“These are critical for deploying an ADC throughout the IP infrastructure when real-time voice and video are deployed,” he added.

In other NFV Essentials news this week, we reported that Mexico’s QBoCel has successfully implemented FTS’ turnkey MVNO and MVNE solution, that LeEco and Reliance Jio have joined forces on the Jio Welcome offer, and that ECI is expanding its Neptune multi-service packet transport platforms.

With the FTS MVNO platform, QBoCel will be able to configure and deploy personalized, application-based plans independently, so it can bring new services to market more quickly and with a greater measure of control.

The new arrangement between smartphone maker LeEco and Reliance Jio will enable the latter company to bring more of its content and service offerings – including voice over LTE and unlimited voice and data – to more users.

And ECI has expanded its Neptune products to include the Neptune 1011 and 1015. The solutions are part of a larger family of carrier, MPLS-based platforms.

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