Telstra integrates Pacnet’s SDN platform

22 April 2015 |


Telstra has begun offering Pacnet’s Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform to its customers.

Since completing the acquisition of Pacnet last week, Telstra has added nine PoPs to the Pacnet Enabled Network (PEN) and is now able to offer a total of 25 PoPs to its customers worldwide. This includes PoPs in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the US and the UK, as well as additional connectivity options into public cloud services to bridge hybrid cloud deployments.

The PEN platform is said to offer automated network provisioning that it claims can enable services that traditionally take weeks to be provisioned in minutes.

"While software, servers and storage have all become virtualised over the past decade, networks have largely remained unchanged. Telstra’s new PEN Platform reimagines the role of traditional telecommunications and enables organisations to complement traditional network approaches with SDN technology, which allows for bandwidth to be provisioned on demand, matched to application characteristics and deployed across the specific routes our customers need,” said Darrin Webb, COO, Global Enterprise & Services, Telstra.

“The addition of Network Function Virtualisation capabilities enhances the agility of the service and means customers can order network appliances – such as routers and firewalls – on demand, making the network less rigid and allowing our customers to respond quicker than ever before to unforseen network resource requirements.”