PacketFabric Launches Software-Defined Ethernet Networking

PacketFabric has launched a next-generation Ethernet-based cloud networking platform in 11 metropolitan markets across North America.

Unveiled during the Pacific Telecommunications Council conference (PTC’17) in Honolulu, Hawaii, the software-defined networking (SDN)-based neutral Layer-2 connectivity platform combines an automated network with terabit-scale performance.

The PacketFabric platform enables customers to instantaneously provision network connectivity between any two or more points across its private backbone network. Rather than relying on traditional telecommunications solutions, which can take weeks or months to provision for every new circuit and typically come with long-term and inflexible contracts, companies can now dynamically provision capacity as needed to hundreds of different networks and major data center locations. PacketFabric’s any-to-any SDN-powered network facilitates coast-to-coast connectivity between 86 premier carrier-neutral colocation facilities across 11 U.S. markets at the time of launch.

The PacketFabric platform eliminates the overhead and complexity of manual network procurement by delivering a 100 percent automated platform that can be controlled programmatically. With advanced provisioning capabilities, PacketFabric customers are able to meet the capacity demands of the most bandwidth-intensive applications and workloads by instantly provisioning terabits of capacity to any other network or facility connected by the fabric. In keeping with the design of a modern, cloud-based architecture, services are available on a month-to-month or usage-basis, eliminating the need to purchase fixed capacity circuits on long-term contracts. PacketFabric delivers hundreds of terabits per second of network capacity at launch, and is designed to scale to petabits over time.

“This next-generation, scalable cloud networking fabric will enable disparate marketplaces such as our healthcare delivery system to communicate seamlessly and to enable secure transfer of data at gigabit to terabits per second speeds if so needed. In this era of big data and augmented intelligence in medicine, PacketFabric’s next-generation cloud infrastructure fulfills an infrastructure unmet need in the delivery of 21st century molecular medicine,” said Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Chairman and CEO of NantWorks.

“When we set out to create PacketFabric, our goal was to completely change the networking ecosystem, radically overhauling the way companies think about procuring and maintaining their networking services. To do that, we knew we needed to combine technologies from different disciplines in a way that had never before been achieved, and deliver truly disruptive scale and performance, consistent with the vision at NantWorks,” said Richard Steenbergen, Chief Technology Officer of PacketFabric. “Our platform is uniquely designed to deliver on the requirements of next-generation networks, with a robust, custom-designed orchestration layer capable of provisioning tens of millions of virtual circuits. The platform includes a real-time telemetry system designed to collect and visualize network performance data and provide complete visibility and control. PacketFabric is built on optical and packet switching platforms capable of delivering hundreds of terabits per second.”

Leveraging an advanced Application Program Interface (API) and web-based portal, PacketFabric offers customers the ability to dynamically design and quickly deploy any network configuration, with unmatched visibility and control over the network traffic and services. Real-time analytics and interactive troubleshooting capabilities allow PacketFabric to offer the robustness of a packet-switched network, while ensuring consistent and reliable performance.

“As seasoned networking professionals, our objective at PacketFabric is to ease networking pain points and simplify the process of managing a hyper-scalable network infrastructure for our customers,” added William Charnock, CEO of PacketFabric. “Leveraging lessons learned from over 100 years of combined executive leadership experience building and operating some of the largest network and cloud infrastructure platforms in the world, we’ve developed a truly revolutionary approach designed to facilitate scalable and secure connectivity services that are significantly more cost-effective and flexible than traditional services.”

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