Sedona NetFusion platform to be integrated into Cisco Crosswork portfolio
Cisco announced on Tuesday (11) its intention to acquire Sedonasys Systems, a specialist in hierarchical controllers (HCO). Cisco is eyeing the NetFusion platform, which allows for multiple vendors, multi-domain automation, and software-defined networking.
“HCO is the brain that enables transformation like 5G network slicing, routed optical network and unbundling,” according to Kevin Wollenweber, vice president of product management for Service Provider Network Systems for Cisco, in a press release. “The Sedona NetFusion platform is the first to deliver complete network abstraction and control, allowing CSPs to manage their networks across domains, suppliers, layers and a myriad of different technologies, all as a single network.”
The NetFusion platform provides service visibility for fiber-based on real-time data from your operational network domains, including 5G, converged IP and optical core, access, and aggregation. Wollenweber explains that it automatically discovers the package and transport layers (Layer 0 to Layer 3), joins all layers and domains, and performs in-depth analyzes to optimize and automate network control.
Therefore, the addition of Sedona NetFusion to the Cisco Crosswork portfolio will allow the company to offer a more advanced network automation platform for the Cisco Routed Optical Networking solution.
“We have a simple goal in our network automation strategy: simplification. With Sedona NetFusion joining the Cisco Crosswork portfolio, we will offer the most advanced network automation platform for Cisco’s routed optical network solution to achieve this goal. Now, CSPs can gain real-time, dynamic, and continuous control of IP and optical networks from multiple vendors together, ”said Wollenweber.
With the two integrated services, it will be possible to provide the customer with a real-time replica of the entire network to predictively manage any changes in the deployment status, connectivity, and activation of the entire network inventory.
According to Wollenweber, the complete network view benefits CSPs in several ways, including:
- An abstract and easy to operate network view;
- Network automation and consolidation that reduce operational complexity and operational expenses (OpEx), simplifying management and reducing the need for knowledge between domains;
- Improved customer experience through the optimization of service routes, diversity of automation, and reduction of interruptions with better protection and maintenance;
- Automated control to support advanced KPIs, greatly improving the CSP’s ability to guarantee premium Service Level Agreements (SLAs).