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Ensemble launch allows service providers to roll out secure virtualised services at scale

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New from Ensemble, a division of ADVA, is an upgrade for the Ensemble suite network functions virtualisation (NFV) platform, which now features management and orchestration (MANO) capabilities, to help service providers roll out secure virtualised services at scale.

Developed alongside Tier 1 customers including Colt and Verizon, in response to requirements, the updated Ensemble suite addresses some of today’s security and complexity challenges. Enhanced features include multi-layer security, simplified management of NFV infrastructure (NFVI) and service chain creation, visibility, monitoring and troubleshooting.

The Ensemble portfolio’s multi-layered approach to security helps operators tackle vulnerabilities, and it provides software-based encryption that can be combined with VNFs. The streamlined VNF management capabilities make the task of onboarding new VNFs straightforward. It offers user-friendly information on service chain operations as well as virtualisation tools for analysis and troubleshooting.

Mirko Voltolini, head of network on demand at Colt Technology Services said: ‘The team at ADVA’s Ensemble division understands our NFV strategy and shares our drive to empower customers through sophisticated cloud-based services. The new Ensemble release makes deploying and managing VNFs and the NFV infrastructure simpler, quicker and more secure. The latest enhancements help us build service chains on demand and safeguard our customers’ networks with additional security controls.’

Added James Buchanan, general manager, Ensemble division, ADVA: ‘One of the key benefits of our products being successfully deployed in so many live service provider and enterprise networks is that we’ve learned the hard lessons. We now understand exactly how to streamline NFV deployments through improved operationalization and management automation. This new release of our Ensemble suite is about creating a manageable system that enables operators to easily onboard new VNFs and build, monitor and control complex VNF service chains. With this upgrade, we’re putting the M in MANO.’