Ottawa, Canada, June 24, 2015 – CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, a leader in the rapid commercialization of NGN products, applications and services, today announced the launch of the first set of industry-led commercialization projects.

CENGN is a consortium of industry leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN’s internationally recognized testing centre employs interoperability between multiple software and hardware products, providing a unique environment to commercialize advanced products, applications and services.  Founding members include: Alcatel-Lucent, Allstream, BTI Systems, Cisco, EWA Canada, EXFO, Invest Ottawa, JDSU, Juniper, Mistral Ventures, Rogers and TELUS.

“We fast track commercialization for small- and medium-size companies (SMEs),” says Ritch Dusome CENGN CEO. “Our approach is completely industry driven.  We match our members, world leading communication companies, with the best Canadian SMEs, and utilize our technology expertise and lab environment to accelerate and validate new software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technologies, applications and services.”

The first set of projects will include: SDN Elephant Flow Congestion Mitigation with Automatic Bandwidth Provisioning with BTI Systems and Corsa Technologies; SDN controlled Energy Management for Data Centres with Juniper and IG2; NFV Service Orchestration for assured Cloud connectivity with TELUS and CENX; OpenFlow switch – Smart steering for MPLS with TELUS and Noviflow; and vEPC Demonstration with CENGN and Expeto.

“There is clear demand for Software Defined Networking and Network Functions Virtualization equipment from organizations of all sizes around the globe,” said Walter Miron, Director of Technology Strategy at TELUS. “We are proud to support this initiative to help bolster homegrown innovation and build a strong Canadian SDN ecosystem at CENGN.”

“CENGN provides a catalyst for Canadian companies to accelerate collaboration in the emerging SDN and NFV marketplace, and an excellent platform to showcase innovation,” said Ed Ogonek, President and CEO of CENX.  “By working closely with visionary carriers, such as TELUS, CENX is able to demonstrate the benefits our Cortx Service Orchestrator brings in assuring service quality in dynamic, multi-vendor, NFV networks.”

You can meet CENGN and see live demonstrations of our innovative projects at the SDN and Openflow World Congress 2015, in October 2015 in Germany.

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About CENGN – Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation

Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN’s internationally recognized testing centre employs interoperability between multiple software and hardware products. Our state of the art physical and virtual multi-vendor, test, certification and validation platform provides a unique environment to commercialize advanced products, applications and services.  Founding members include: Alcatel-Lucent, Allstream, BTI Systems, Cisco, EWA Canada, EXFO, Invest Ottawa, JDSU, Juniper, Mistral Ventures, Rogers and TELUS.  For more information visit www.cengn.ca

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CENGN Project Technical Backgrounder

Commercial Application: SDN Elephant Flow Congestion Mitigation with Automatic Bandwidth Provisioning

    Industry Partners: BTI Systems (CENGN Member) and Corsa Technology

This proof-of-concept (PoC) will showcase the ability of a network under SDN control (based on OpenDaylight (ODL)) to respond dynamically to elephant flows, based on an application trigger.  The PoC will utilize a live CANARIE network WAN link between Ottawa and Montreal.  The demonstration will feature an application requiring an elephant flow to cause the ODL controller to dynamically create the additional bandwidth between the two link ends.  This will be achieved by provisioning Layer1 channels on the BTI 7800 Series Intelligent Cloud Connect platform and additional flows on the Corsa DP6410 OpenFlow enabled data plane.  This application can be used for  large data set backup between two data centres, VM migration for data center capacity management and dynamic re-routing of large bandwidth for disaster scenarios, to name a few. CENGN will host this project in partnership with BTI Systems – a CENGN member – and Corsa Technology.  This PoC is of particular interest to large service providers and financial institutions.

Commercial Application: OpenFlow switch – Smart steering for MPLS

    Industry Partners: TELUS (CENGN Member) and NoviFlow

This proof-of-concept (PoC) will utilize CENGNs state-of-the–art physical and virtualized platform, tools and technology expertise to provide an SDN PoC that will showcase how the Noviflow OpenFlow switch can use an IP/MPLS core network to transparently link Layer 2 VPNs. The demonstration will showcase numerous advantages of an SDN/OpenFlow solution including: on-demand access, remote configuration, customer self-provisioning, and easy integration with other SDN based network services such as firewalls, load balancing, service chaining, content filtering, access control lists, and more. Customer benefits of such a solution include faster packet forwarding compared to traditional routers, reduced operational costs due to fewer visits to customer premises, accelerated deployment of new services and transparent scalability.

Commercial Application: NFV Service Orchestration for assured Cloud connectivity with TELUS and CENX

    Industry Partners: TELUS (CENGN Member) and CENX

This proof-of-concept (PoC) will demonstrate the use of CENX’s Cortx Service orchestrator to assure reliable data connectivity to the Cloud, dynamically provisioning service between alternate Data Centres based on Virtualized Network Function (VNF) load conditions. For the purpose of the demonstration, the CENGN infrastructure will be used to simulate two geographically distributed Data Centres, with VNF infrastructure. The CENGN Data Centres are connected via a Wide Area Network (WAN) traversing the TELUS Lab where CENX’s Cortx Service Orchestrator and Juniper’s Northstar SDN controller are located, managing the end-to-end data path. The demonstration will showcase an application load trigger on the Data Centre VNF that causes Cortx to communicate the requirement, to the appropriate SDN controller, to dynamically reprovision the service chain, including necessary VNFs.  This project will provide CENX visibility and exposure to potential future customers, by proving the value of its Cortx Service Orchestrator as a real-time operations system across multi-vendor platforms, in a realistic virtualized environment.  The ability to dynamically provision and assure connectivity to Cloud Data Centers, using virtualized infrastructure, provides telecommunications service providers superior flexibility and utilization of their resources.

Commercial Application: vEPC Demo at Layer 123 SDN World Congress 2015

    Industry Partners: CENGN and Expeto

This proof-of-concept (PoC) will demonstrate a revolutionary method for rapidly deploying and managing an end-to-end LTE network.  This will include the dynamic deployment / enablement of hardware, software and associated SDN / NFV elements. For the purpose of the demo, the vEPC, vIMS and Juniper Contrail will run in CENGN lab, while the Small cell/eNB will be located at the show. The demo will consist of three different use cases: voice/video calls with phones connected to the Small cell LTE network at the show; video distribution over this network; and bringing up of a complete vEPC ecosystem from bare-metal to completion.  The demonstration at the SDN World Congress will provide Expeto with international visibility and the ability to showcase their solution working in a real world network to potential customers.

Commercial Application: SDN controlled Energy Management for Data Centres

    Industry Partners: Juniper (CENGN Member) and IG2 Group

This proof-of-concept (PoC) for Data Centres (DC) is growing by over 20% per year and power is the number one operating expense.  It is estimated that DC consume 2% of total US power consumption or $2Billion per month and it is expected to double every 4-5 years.  This project will showcase how SDN can intelligently trade-off power, redundancy, workload and performance enabling energy awareness for maximum energy conservation.   The  project will demonstrate DCIM energy-aware orchestration that will minimize DC power consumption through optimal virtual machine (VM) consolidation. IG2’s DCIMRover has the ability to monitor power utilization of servers to the VM level. Juniper’s Contrail controller provides real-time network integration with DCIMRover. The project will showcase the integration of the two software systems for real-time consolidation of VMs in specific servers in order to conserve power. IG2’s DCIMRover is a standalone application for energy monitoring in a data centre. While the application may provide interesting data to the data centre (DC) operators, the ability to make use of the data with real-time network information from Juniper’s Contrail controller makes for a compelling complete solution for DC energy efficiency.

With the Cloud integrated feature, the product will have a global appeal. Once packaged as a SaaS model, sales are expected to increase by at least 25%. This product can reduce data center power usage by at least 30%.