Aria Networks participates in Tele Management (TM) Forum Catalyst to prove the capability of SDN and NFV to deliver network orchestration against business objectives

  • Other participants include Microsoft, JDSU, Ericsson

28 May 2015: Aria Networks is participating in a Catalyst at TM Forum Live to demonstrate the effectiveness of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV) orchestration in delivering business objectives for service providers of complex networks.

In association with Microsoft, JDSU and Ericsson, Aria Networks will be demonstrating how complex business parameters including delivery of service level agreements, data centre power consumption and variations in the cost of different data routing can be achieved through software orchestration of a network in real-time.

The Catalyst, sponsored by AT&T and NTT, will demonstrate how video streamed from four different Ericsson data centres to two points of presence, one in Europe and the other in the US, can be orchestrated against business parameters to deliver a reliable and profitable quality of service.  Aria Networks’ Artificial Intelligence (AI) engine will manage the network optimisation and deliver the most efficient and cost-effective data route for the video stream in real-time.

Dr Jay Perrett, CTO of Aria Networks comments: “With the growth of over-the-top (OTT) video traffic across the internet, network operators are facing significant challenges to ensure that they deliver an efficient and effective service to users.  This Catalyst demonstrates how Artificial Intelligence can be applied to the network to resolve not only technical issues such as the most efficient path across the network but also business challenges like reducing power consumption in data centres.  This has an immediate impact on the service provider’s profitability.”

Networks have to consider a large number of potentially conflicting parameters when orchestrating a network, from customer service levels to efficient use of network infrastructure.  These also change over time as the network becomes more or less congested, or as more expensive or quicker data paths become available.  Aria Networks’ AI engine considers these different parameters against the network’s capabilities and capacity, and calculates the optimal route for data, reconfiguring routers and providing instruction to data centres to orchestrate the whole network.

“With this Catalyst, we are demonstrating that it is possible to consider different objectives across a complex network,” continues Perrett.  “The different permutations are almost infinite, making manual calculation impossible.  Network operators need to look to software to profitably optimise and control the networks of the future against an incessant increase in demand for data.”

Dr Perrett will also be presenting at TM Forum Live on 3rd June with Satyajeet Ahuja from Facebook on ‘Solving “real world” problems using software-defined business-driven objectives’.